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Trip Report

Unforgettable summer in the south of Italy

Two weeks eating burrata and wine in the heel of Italy.

by laurendAbout Me:I am a twenty-three years old French student passionate about travel and content creation. I come from Geneva, Switzerland and study graphic design in a communication and marketing school in Lyon, France. I love beauty and fashion as well ... read more

Italy13 days / August 2021

Highs & Lows

The best italian food and beaches.

Crowded in high season.

Itinerary Overview

Arrival in Puglia

We arrived by plane on a Thursday morning in Brindisi, in the south of Italy. From there we had to pick up our rental car and drive a little less than two hours to join our villa located in the middle of nowhere. After many bumpy roads and a lot of music, we finally arrived at our amazing location, near Maglie.

 

Malendugno 

Our first excursion was to the Spaggia di Roca Vecchia. A lot of rocks and some crystal blue water. At the entrance of the protected area, they told us it was now forbidden to jump in the water. However once we had entered the zone, we saw a lot of people just enjoying the view and swimming. We decided to put our swimsuits on and follow them! the water was warm and translucent. We enjoyed our time for about two hours before leaving the location. The sun was burning and the place was getting crowded.

 

Alberobello

A little less than three hours drive from our villa, we discovered Alberobello, a beautiful small village with tiny white houses and triangular roofs. We manage to taste some local olive oil and bread, drink wine and walk in the small streets. We took pictures and bought some little souvenirs for our families.

 

Ortanto

It's on Instagram that we discovered a secret location only fifteen minutes drive from our house. We wanted to create some content so we decided to leave very early morning in order to be the only one on the sand. Once we arrived, it was impossible to find an entrance to the beach. We had to secretly go through the back of a camping to get to a staircase and manage to get down to the beach. After a little more than two hours of adventure, we finally arrived at the desired spot. The water was beautiful and the sun was shining.

 

Martina Franca

All major fans of Italian cheese, we found a mozzarella experience on the internet. After a few hours drive, we got to a small cheese farm in Martina Franca. We met Francesco who was our private guide for the day. He made us discover the farm, the animals, the gardens, the bread, and pastries cuisine until the final location, the mozzarella cuisine. The chefs explained to us the procedures to produce this world-known cheese, from the cow to our plates. By the end of his explanations, we manage to test how to shade the mozzarella ourselves and eat it directly from the cuisine. We had never tasted some burrata and mozzarella as good as this. This was the best experience of the entire trip!

 

Porto Cesareo

On our last day, we rented a boat to discover the west part of Puglia. We met our skipper at nine o'clock and discovered the crystal blue waters of the coast. The skipper offered us some bruschettas and prosecco wine, which we ate and drank while being in the sea. We took our snorkeling equipment and swam down to a Marie underwater sculpture. This last experience was the last of our amazing trip! We have many incredible memories and can't wait to go back to Puglia one day.

  • 13 Nights: Melendugno
    Perfect blue water
  • Day trip: Alberobello
    Small typical white houses
  • Day trip: Otranto
    Secret beach
  • Day trip: Martina Franca
    Mozzarela experience
  • Day trip: Porto Cesareo
    Boat trip

Q & A

  • What would you have changed?

    Probably visiting Puglia in early July or September due to the high number of tourists.

  • What tips would you give a friend?

    Eat in small typical pizzerias, eat all the buratta possible because you'll never find any similar taste anywhere.

  • Packing tips?

    Swimsuits, sunscreen and sunglasses !

  • Transportation Tips?

    Renting a car was the best option possible, there is barely any public transportation.

  • Any surprises?

    August is very hot, the land in front of our house got on fire while we were in our pool. The firefighters took a lot of time to arrive, but luckily the wind was chasing the fire in the direction opposite of us !