Weekend in Puglia: My travel diary
The last few weeks have been very intense: I was often on the road and discover places on our planet that conquered a place in my heart. I finally managed to spend some quality time with my boyfriend: too often is hard to find the perfect moment for organizing a weekend together (also he travel frequently for business)… in the end we went out there and we decided to spend a weekend in Puglia!
DAY 1: OSTUNI
On Friday we left around lunch time with a direct flight from Turin to Brindisi. Once we rented a car, we headed strict to the hotel to leave our bags and relax for a moment. We did not choose a classic hotel but a “masseria”: in Puglia they are widespread and, after hearing the positive comments of many friends, we decided to try one of the typical experiences of this place!
Upon our arrival at Masseria Moroseta there was Beppe, the English bulldog of the friendly owner (Mr. Carlo, a really kind person): they both have reserved us a very special welcome!
Masseria Moroseta is located a few kilometers away from Ostuni. It is a modern country house, restored in a very elegant way, but first of all it is a farm that produces an excellent olive oil. Immersed in an olive grove of five hectares of olive trees, it is built around a central courtyard and boasts the presence of a beautiful pool. The design is minimalist: white is predominant and enhances at best the beautiful outdoor scenery!
After a few hours of relaxation at Masseria Moroseta we left for Ostuni, a town of white houses all perched on a hill overlooking the Adriatic Sea.
We stopped at Sapori D’Eccellenza for happyhour. Seated in the outdoor seating, we tasted many traditional Puglia products: tarallini, olives, salami and cheese … All very tasty!
After a few hours, caught in the rain, we decided to delve into the historical center alleys of Ostuni and, thanks to Carlo’s advices, we had dinner at Casa San Giacomo. The environment was very nice (the tavern is all carved into the rock) and they serve good quality food!
DAY 2: OTRANTO + LECCE
The day after our arrival we have awakened at Masseria Moroseta. For breakfast there were fruit and vegetables centrifugates, milk, cereals, freshly cut fresh persimmon and quince jam to eat with bread. Here everything is strictly zero km, produced on the farm and served with much love in ceramic dishes of many colors!
Soon after we started in the direction of Salento! After an hour and a half by car between country roads we have reached the town Roca Vecchia, home to the Grotte della Poesia. They are real natural swimming pools: two cavities carved by the sea over the centuries, which are distant from each other about sixty meters. The water was so blue and so inviting… If it was the warmer, I would have definitely dipped in (not from the top though)!
Meanwhile it was time for lunch and we decided to left for Otranto, which was not far away. Upon reaching the city we walked on the promenade: it immediately won us the Miramare restaurant for its panoramic view of the entire gulf. I chose a pasta with lobster, Manu a portion of grilled fish… The flavor of the fish here is really unique!
After lunch we walked in the old town, a cute medieval village which offers glimpses of the enchanting sea.
Around four in the afternoon we left for Lecce, the richest city in history and culture of Salento. It is not great, so I recommend you turn it slowly, savoring every moment. We unfortunately arrived at about five-thirty, when the sun was going down… We visited the Castle of Carl V, the Cathedral and the Roman amphitheater.
From there we got lost in the streets of the city, then stopping for happy hour at Dall’Antiquario. The restaurant is lovely and furnished in a very special way with bicycles, surfboards, old signs and other antiques!
We went back in the city’s central square (Piazza del Duomo) to view again the Cathedral: at night, all lit up, it was even more beautiful!
Finally, we had dinner at Vico dei Sotterranei… The dinner was truly romantic: we sat in the outside tables, under the lanterns!
DAY 3: ALBEROBELLO + POLIGNANO
After preparing our bags and have given one last caress to Beppe, we greeted Masseria Moroseta for the last time.
Our program for the day will include the visit of Alberobello and its famous Trulli… A truly unique place in the world!
Walking through its very white streets, it seems that the time has stopped. We decided to stop for lunch in a restaurant with a courtyard surrounded by Trulli and outdoor seating!
Before leaving, we poked around in one of the many shops selling local products and we bought two liqueurs: one made by leaves of olive tree and another one by hazelnuts!
We then moved to the nearby Polignano. The town is very pretty, with its houses and balconies overlooking the crystal clear sea. Worth a stroll down to the beach called Lama Monachile, which offers one of the best views of the city!
We could not miss a culinary stage: we stopped for the happy hour at Pescaria, tasting their famous sandwiches made from fresh fish. Very very good!
I also recommend Caffè dei Serafini, a restaurant that is carved into the rock overlooking the sea. The view is magnificent and even the dishes!
In the late afternoon we reached the farm choice for our last night in Puglia, Masseria San Francesco in Fasano.
Characterized by an imposing fortified tower, it is surrounded by ancient olive and carob trees that make it a place of absolute silence and relax. There is a beautiful patio with wooden tables and chairs where you get your breakfast. The rooms also are very nicely decorated and are very comfortable.
On our last evening we decided to dine here, in front of the fireplace. After dinner we walked to our room through the garden, which is illuminated at night thanks to the light of the beautiful lamps that hang from the trees, creating a very magical environment!
Only a night spent at Masseria San Francesco was enough to steal our heart… The next day, after breakfast, we took the car towards the airport of Brindisi and we went back home!
What do you think of my diary of a weekend in Puglia? I would like to go back there soon to find out all the other places that I could not visit this time… If you have suggestions please let me know in the comments!
Have a nice Thursday!
OUTFIT DAY 1
CAMICIA – SHIRT: vintage
ABITO – DRESS: Molly Bracken
STIVALETTI – BOOTIES: Manas
OUTFIT DAY 2
ABITO – DRESS: Stella Jean
GIACCA DI JEANS – DENIM JACKET: IKATWEAR
SNEAKERS: Reebok via Sarenza
OUTFIT DAY 3
CAMICIA – SHIRT: vintage
GIACCA MILITARE – DENIM JACKET: George J. Love
GIACCA DI PELLE – LEATHER JACKET: PHP
SNEAKERS: Reebok via Sarenza
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