Puglia (or Apulia) is eyeopening because it presents a surprising geography not seen anywhere else in Italy. We visited the ‘spur’ of Italy’s boot mid April and found it to be astounding! Based out of the old pirate town of Vieste with it’s calcareous Pizzomunno il Faraglione, we explored lovely flat beaches along with interesting white rocky promotories with ancient towns jutting over cliffs. Some old towns features a few ‘trabucchi’ jutting out into the sea. This curious woodwork is an ancient way of fishing found throughout this region. In only a few days you can explore the nearby towns of Peschici, Rodi, and Mattinata and also linger in La Foresta Umbra, the shady forest of the Gargano National Park stretching some 1000 meters up the mountain. The light through these ancient oaks and beech trees is unique! This lovely unexplored spur is perfect for hiking, biking and enjoying the beaches along with the incredible food and wine of Puglia!
Part of the obvious charm of traveling in Italy is the way store owners artfully display their wares! And pastries, candy and gelato can be found in every small town and big city…just there to tempt you to try.
Here are a few delights from a lazy afternoon stroll in the town of Perugia in Umbria.
Snakes are part of the many animal symbols in Perugia’s history.
Visit Ticket to Italy’s website for information about your next trip to Perugia!
It’s surprising that more people don’t use Lucca as a base for a week or so when visiting Tuscany. When they discover that Tuscany includes more than Florence and Siena, they quickly want to know how to build a vacation to see it all. Lucca has served merely as a day trip from Florence. Tourists come to see Lucca, then Pisa and seldom spend much more than a few hours.
But what a delight it is to spend days, weeks and maybe a month in Lucca and surrounds! Not only is the walled town a delight for the sights, food and shopping, but it’s within a hour of the Mediterranean beaches of Viareggio and Forte dei Marmi, and also within a hour of the mountain charms of Barga and other Garfagnana delights. There are Napoleon villas, the delights of Collodi (the home of Pinocchio), wonderful vineyards and olive groves, plus the lake home of Puccini and wonderful productions! Here are just a few favorite photos: