More love from Puglia...
Hi Globetrotters, it's us again bringing you more insights into this beautiful region!
A unique experience that we took part in whilst we were there, was a wine tasting of four local wines, all produced at the Trulli il Castagno vineyard.
The wines were accompanied by delicious nibbles such as focaccia, olives, bread and frittata made by the mother of the owner.
Everybody knows that nonna’s food is the best!
The wines included; 1929 Moscato, 1929 Rosso, First of July- Nero di Troia, and Pietra Viva - Valle d'Itria Verdeca.
For every different wine, we had to guess what the main aromas were, for the white it was peaches, for the rosé it was grapefruit and for the red it was chocolate!
On the 15 of August, also known as Ferragosto all over Italy, Monopoli celebrated their patron saint, the Madonna Della Madia,.
There was a glorious fireworks show which afterwards they proceeded to bring the Madonna from the ocean onto land and then carried her through the town to the cathedral.
Processions all throughout the town centre also took place and lasted well into the night. It was truly beautiful to see a whole town come together.
Keeping on the subject of saints, for day trip ideas, we recommend the lovely Ostuni (fun fact) whose patron saint is Sant’Oronzo.
Famished upon arrival, we asked locals for any restaurants they would recommend and so we ended up at the Osteria Sant’Oronzo.
To discover more about this lively town, a tuk-tuk ride was the perfect solution.
Our driver and tour guide Davide showed us around and we even managed to visit places that only the locals know about, for example, a hidden church that has a service late at night and a local bar where Madonna once played!
All in all Ostuni was amazing, we had lovely food and whilst a band was playing fantastic italian music we were still able to go in shops and look around for mementos to take back home.
Another marvel was Polignano a Mare which is where we managed to hop on a boat and see the town from the sea. A shining gem on the coast of the Valle d’Itria, perched atop a 20 metre-high limestone cliff above the crystal clear waters of the Adriatic, Polignano a Mare truly lives up to its name and literally could not be any more ‘at sea’!
The last experience which I would do again in a heartbeat was a culinary rooftop experience where we were taught how to make panzerotti aperol spritz and tiramisu.
It was a fantastic afternoon and evening where many people from all over the world joined and we managed to spend it learning this lovely cuisine as well as living the true southern Italian way.
All in all we will definitely be putting up an amazing programme in this wonderful Italian corner of the world.
Till next time!
For now ciao, ciao ed a presto
Micaela and the Journeys Team