Off The Beaten Track European Summer Destinations Just Beyond the Obvious

2018-08-08T20:29:37+00:00By |

Off the beaten track European summer destinations are still possible to find. You need to look just beyond Europe’s obvious summer hotspots – the Cinque Terre, Côte d’Azur, Italian Lakes and so on – as sometimes Europe’s secret beaches, sleepy cities, quiet towns, and cool retreats are close by. A few days ago a friend who …

My Best Foodie Travel Moments from our Grand Tour

2015-08-25T12:47:32+00:00By |

We did a hell of a lot of food-related activities over the last 12 months for Grantourismo. And my best foodie travel moments of the year didn’t occur while seated at a voguish restaurant… 1. Tasting cheese at Neal’s Yard Dairy in London. It’s not just the French who have fabulous cheeses! And yes, we …

Train Travel and Taking Time Out for Reflection

2018-11-26T11:00:45+00:00By |

Train travel. We’ve always loved it – as much for the opportunities it affords us to sit back and simply reflect, as for the chance to people-watch, as well as take in scenery you don’t get to see from the seat of a car, bus or plane. Train travel is our favourite form of travel in Europe. Train …

The Trulli of Alberobello — Living like Locals In Puglia

2014-09-24T10:33:12+00:00By |

Italians joke that in Italy tax evasion, not soccer (football), is the number one national sport – a quarter of the Italian economy apparently avoids paying taxes. So it wasn’t so surprising to find out that Puglia’s trulli, the traditional, white, conical houses that dot the Puglian countryside, were a product of this pervasive practice. …

Limoncello, Cherry Liqueur and other Earthly Delights in Puglia

2017-12-06T17:41:03+00:00By |

In Alberobello, self-sufficiency extends to everything from olive oil and cherry tomatoes to limoncello and cherry liqueur – from filling the fridge to supplying the liquor cabinet, everything is homegrown and homemade in Puglia. Limoncello, Cherry Liqueur and other Earthly Delights in Puglia In Alberobello, there are only a couple of supermarkets and one market, …

Homemade Puglian Pizza from Our Own Woodfired Pizza Oven

2017-03-01T00:58:34+00:00By |

Puglian pizza making is a two stage process over two days, we learn when I get lessons in making homemade pizzas in the wood-fired oven attached to our trullo just outside Alberobello in Italy's southern region of Puglia. Maria, as you might remember, is the caretaker of our trullo who has quickly become my cooking instructor and our …

Local Knowledge: Anna from Alberobello

2018-05-08T13:11:19+00:00By |

Effervescent Anna Rosato knew the meaning of hospitality well before the 23 year-old graduated with her tourism degree from the University of Bari last year. The daughter of chef-restaurateurs, Anna has worked at her family pizzeria for as long as she can remember. Majoring in culture and languages — she speaks English, French and German in …

Bees, Bugs and Buds — Our Pleasure Garden in Puglia

2015-08-06T15:49:53+00:00By |

The garden at our trullo near Aborobello in Puglia in Southern Italy is our own personal pleasure garden with plenty to entertain. The scent of fresh rosemary, laurel and mint, followed up by the fragrant notes of the flowers, some beautiful crimson and musk roses, permeates the place. But what has really made this springtime scene …

Orecchiette con Sugo al Pomodoro Recipe

2015-08-20T11:05:32+00:00By |

In our trullo in Alberobello in Puglia in southern Italy, our host Maria teaches us how to make orecchiette con sugo al pomodoro in our rustic kitchen with ingredients she has grown herself. A few days ago we wrote about the simplicity of Italian cuisine. We had eaten at a couple of trattorias in Teulada on the island of Sardinia, and …

Our Home Away from Home in Alberobello, Puglia

2018-11-27T16:12:36+00:00By |

A rustic two hundred year old trullo in the countryside outside of Alberobello, in the southern Italian region of Puglia or Apulia is our latest home away from home and it oozes atmosphere and romance. The trulli (plural) are the traditional homes of the people of the area, and while there are many holiday-trulli to rent, both …