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Travel Blog2019-05-03T20:15:34+00:00
3005, 2019

Experience Puglia for a Change of Pace

The Best of Italy in One Place The lure of Puglia is that it captures the true essence of all of Italy yet is a place like no other set firmly in the rhythms of the past. The sun-bleached heel of the Italian boot with endless coastlines, whitewashed hill towns, and centuries-old farmland has a long and rich history that includes occupation by the Greeks, the Romans, the Lombards, the Normans, the Spanish, the [...]

205, 2019

Seaside Escapes

The Magic of Puglia Growing up in New England, everyone has their favorite beach escapes from the craggy coast of Maine to Cape Cod and the islands of Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket to the Rhode Island shore.  The draw of fresh seafood, great water sports, and days that seem to last forever until the sun goes down on the horizon is pure magic.  The best part is exploring the nooks and crannies along the [...]

2507, 2016

Fall: The Perfect Season to Be in Puglia, Italy

For those of you who like a late summer or early fall getaway, we have put together a small group trip for you to enjoy one of Italy’s great summer locations.  In late September and early October, after the crowds have thinned out,  it is still beach weather in Puglia.  We would love to share this with you to experience the wonderfully varied past of Puglia and the best wineries and gastronomy of the Primitivo [...]

2407, 2016

The Panzerotti of Bari

Typically these are filled with mozzarella and fresh tomato.   Once you have mastered this, move on to filling them with many other items such as salumi or anchovies or artichokes. Panzerotti 1 package active dry yeast Pinch of sugar 3 ½ tablespoons extra virgin olive oil sea salt and freshly grounded black pepper 3 cups flour, (try to find 00 flour if you can) ½ pound plum tomatoes peeled and coarsely chopped 4 ounces [...]

906, 2016

Experience the New Testaccio Market in Rome

Rome is a city with proud and strict food traditions. The “mavericks” of Rome are trying to break those traditions, or at least update them a little. But, one of the strictest food traditions of Rome, for example, is not to mix the foods that you might find in a pizzeria with the food from a trattoria—until now. Il Nuovo Mercato di Testaccio has been around for about 4 years now (very new by Roman [...]

911, 2015

Simple Joys — And A Glass of Grappa

Here’s one of those simple, but amazing experiences that make Italy such a fantastic culture. Recently I was in Milan on business. Milan is more of a town for working Italians and the fashion industry than a destination for tourism unless, of course, you want to see Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper fresco.  But the day I was there it was hot and muggy and raining all day long. So rather than get drenched trying [...]