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Trip Report Getting away from it all in Puglia

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My husband and I had a wonderful two weeks in Puglia. (May). We had a day of rain and another chilly day in Ostuni but otherwise, the weather was nice--cool in the evenings and warmish to warmer during the day.
We flew from Boston to Bari and then went to Trani for two nights. We really liked this typical port, fishing town and walked around the cobbled streets looking at the harbor, the boats and enjoying being in Italy. On our way to Ostuni, we drove through Polignare a Mare (nice beach resort type of town) and saw the Grotte di Castellana (amazing).
We explored Ostuni and also went to Cisternino, Locoromando, Aerobello and Martina Franca. The next day, we went to Fasano and saw the zoo and safari park--you drive and see lions, tigers, bears, zebras and giraffes as well as many others. The lions and tigers keep their distance but the zebras and camels come right up to your car window.
We then went to Lecce for a few days, which we enjoyed. We took a one day cooking class which was a fun experience. (the awaiting table). Stayed at the Palazzo Rollo--happened to arrive on the festival of the courtyards day (once a year), couldn't park in their courtyard and got a parking ticket due to the poorly marked streets.
We then went on to Gallipoli for two nights and then off to Matera for two nights, returning to Bari and home. Matera is an amazing place and definitely worth seeing.
I must say that we had dinner at Antichi Sapori--I cannot even believe how amazing this experience was. The fixed price menu was reasonable, the one waiter who spoke English came over to explain each dish and it went on and on. We also had a wonderful experience at Il Frantoio which is a masseria near Ostuni that has an 8 course meal, with vegetables grown on the farm. If we knew that the location was as close to town as it was, we would have stayed in their B&B although Casa d'autore was nice also, with a garden in the backyard and walkable to the town (rather than a short drive)
We really loved exploring this area of Italy. The Adriatic is beautiful and we loved the freshness of the food and the relaxed pace.
I would be happy to list the hotels and restaurants we stayed at if anyone is interested. Wonder what area we should explore next!!--(have been to Florence, Tuscany, Rome, Sicily,)

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