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Puglia, Italy – September 7 – 9 – Our quick flight has arrived in the beautiful southern Italian coastal city of Puglia. Known for its sunny weather, whitewashed hill towns, centuries-old farmland and the picturesque Mediterranean coastline, we were all eager to see this “less-traveled” gem of Italy.
We began our time in in Alberobello, home of the trulli. These stone huts are painted white and roofed with a pointed dry stack of limestone. Our stroll around Alberobello allowed us to visit these unique UNESCO World Heritage buildings as well as see what the local shops had to offer. Then we were off to Lecce to see the Piazza S. Oronzo, Basilica di Santa Croce, and the old town area. The marvelous architecture throughout the town was definitely a sight to be seen. We finished our day with a true Italian wine tasting experience in Castello Monaci. Learning the ins and outs of the production of the wine, which we would be enjoying at our private dinner in the winery’s castle later, made the experience all the more amazing.
Our tour of Otsuni gave us a new way to sight see as we rode around the town in three seater scooters. This gave us a chance not only see the local sights but also cruise up the hills of the city for a beautiful view of the ocean. For lunch, we were off to Polignano a Mare for an outdoor meal by the sea. While the local people enjoyed laying out under the sun near the azure blue water, we relaxed in the shade overlooking the beach.
And now it is time to say “ciao” to Italy and “hola” to Spain as our private jet whisks us away to Santiago de Compostela, via a brief sightseeing stop in Bilbao.
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