La Dolce Vita - Autentico Luogo
"The fact that Puglia is not one of Italy’s more well-known regions is precisely the reason why it’s also one of the best! Located on the “heel” of Italy, Puglia (“Apulia” in the original Latin) is a rustically beautiful region, framed by the Adriatic Sea to the east and the Ionian Sea to the west, and boasting nearly 500 miles of white sand beaches. Bursting with historical charm, friendly natives, ancient olive groves, and some of the best food and wine in all of Italy, the only commodity that’s blessedly missing here is the tourists. (...)
Since it’s not one of the most tourist-saturated areas of Italy, accommodations can be tricky in Puglia, so it’s always helpful to find lodging through a villa-booking agency. The Thinking Traveller (thethinkingtraveller.com) offers reservations at many of the region’s most sought-after villas, including Palazzo Gorgoni, located in Galatina. Built in the late 18th century, Palazzo Gorgoni offers historic charm combined with modern conveniences. The villa’s beautiful open-air courtyard, Doric columns, and Imperial staircase lend to its old-world feel, while the contemporary kitchen (with a cook available on request), sauna, and swimming pool with hydro-massage exude modern luxury.
For a more secluded stay, head to Villa Blanca in Santa Maria di Leuca. Located at the southeastern-most tip of Italy in the Salento region, Villa Blanca is set on a 10-acre park and features awe-inspiring views of the sea. As per its name, the villa is beautifully decorated in simple white décor—giving it a relaxing aura. The bedrooms are private and quiet, and French windows in the dining area allow ample sunlight to flood the room. Outside, the infinity pool blends into the endless sea beyond. It’s the perfect place to sit with a glass of locally made wine and take in the authentic Italian beauty that is Puglia."
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