Month: March 2021

Covid-19 in Italy | new foreign travel restrictions

Italy is set to announce a five-day quarantine on travellers arriving from other EU countries, both residents and foreigners. The new foreign travel restriction will require anyone arriving from an EU country to show a negative test before departing for Italy, and a second after five days of self-isolation, with only cases of “proven necessity […]

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Covid-19 in Puglia | Easter Update

As of the week ending 26 March 12% of Italy’s adult population (over 16) have received at least one vaccination shot. One week ago this was 10,1% representing an increase over a one-week period of 0,9%. On the one week period between 19/03 and 25/03 new infections diagnosed in Puglia total 11.564 comparing with 147.167 nationally. Puglia […]

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Legends of Puglia | Cristalda and Pizzomunno

Beauty and the Beast. Sleeping Beauty. Beauty and legend often coincide, the former inspiring the latter. Puglia is steeped in both. We are in Vieste, where beauty and nature come together. Here the soft white sand is kissed by crystal clear waters. Here the blue of the sea melts into the horizon and beyond, into big blue […]

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Puglia By Bus

Puglia by bus If you are travelling around Puglia on public transport taking the bus is often more scenic than the train. Some of the longer routes use coaches for a more comfortable journey. Puglia is served by a number of regional bus networks. As with train services these are broadly split according to geography. […]

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Puglia By Train

Puglia by train It is possible to journey between many of the towns and cities in Puglia by train. But away from the main national network that connects Bari and Lecce the infrastructure is poor. Single track lines means that only one train can run in one direction at any time, accounting for the sluggish […]

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Gay Puglia | Bari 2021 Gay Guide

Year on year, Puglia’s reputation as a gay holiday hotspot grows. One of Europe’s top 5 gay destinations for LGBTQ travellers and a long-time favourite of the Italian gay population, Puglia regularly draws an international gay crowd. Our Best of Gay Puglia 2020 poll affirmed Gallipoli’s status as Puglia’s favourite gay destination. Perhaps not such a surprise […]

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Bari 2021 | Quick Guide

Ignore warnings that Bari Vecchia is a gritty “no-go” area. Extensive regeneration has transformed the area into a vibrant hub for bars and restaurants centred around the piazzas Mercantile and Ferrarese and a fine destination for visitors. All the while the everyday life of its longtime residents continues as it has been and still is. […]

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Puglia by cake | Zeppole di San Giuseppe

Father’s Day in Italy always falls on la festa di San Guiseppe – St. Joseph’s Day – 19 March. We celebrate with cakes of course. Zeppole di San Giuseppe. Made using a soft choux pastry, baked and then fried according to the original recipe although you can just bake them. Once cool they are filled with crema pasticciera (crème […]

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Torre dell’Orso | quick guide

Overlooked by the ruins of the Torre dell’Orso (the Bear Tower) this is one of the most beautiful beaches in Puglia with its stunning natural rock formations. Beach clubs and lidos run along the length of the beach, frequented by young Italians With soft, white sand, crystal clear sea and its gently undulating dunes dappled […]

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The BIG 2021 Podcast Guide to Alberobello

Undisputed capital of the trulli in the gorgeous Valle d’Itria. Though it is the only town in Puglia where you’ll see a constant flow of tour buses. Dig a little deeper, away from the crowds of the rione Monti, and it is still possible to discover a little bit of authentic Alberobello. Don’t forget to […]

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