Travel and Discover Italy’s Best Secret: Puglia

Passport to Puglia

People always ask me where my favorite place to visit in Italy is and it will always remain Puglia! Puglia is the heel of Italy’s boot, and more importantly remains one of the best-kept secrets of Italy.

My mother was born in Puglia, so I had the great fortune of spending my childhood summers in her small hometown of Toritto. As I have grown and continued my travels, Puglia is the one part of Italy that still remains largely unchanged.

As far as hotel lodging, forget what you know about corporate hotels and sleep in a converted farmhouse or reclaimed manor. When it comes to dining in Puglia, the quaint restaurants serve only the highest-quality, delicious, local ingredients. It’s a wonderful city with stunning beaches, vineyards, and farmer’s markets- a foodie’s dream!

Discover Puglia

I urge you to discover Puglia- you won’t regret it! Lonely Planet has a great guide to shopping, eating, and lodging, which you can check out here. Otherwise, here are my top picks:

Where to stay? Hotel San Nicola , Agriturismo Montepaolo, and Salento Nascosto are some of my favorite hotels.

Where to eat? You must dine at Porta d’Oriente, Caffe Ronchi Striccoli, and II Rombo Di Florio.

Donatella Arpaia

Donatella Arpaia is a chef, restaurateur, entrepreneur, and mother. She has built an empire of successful restaurants drawing on the skills, passion, methods, and love for food she learned from her family.

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