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Quick Budget Recommendation from Puglia on the Road....

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We are 3/4 through our month-long trip to Puglia and nearby. I know that several people are planning trips for this summer-- and we just left 2 really, really good accommodations and thought i would post them now, rather than wait for my trip report. These were our first-ever experiences with airbnb and we were nervous... but both of these places were absolute winners.

First-- in Ceglie Messapica-- (well, the outskirts of town) we stayed at Trullo Casedd. We are just 2 adults-- so it might be a bit tight for a family-- but this place was wonderful. We were greeted by the owners (who speak no english-- but their son does the booking communications.) She gave us some of her preserves and some other home-made delights. They showed us around their little farm (they live elsewhere-- but the grandparents were trimming the vines... not sure who lives where.) we picked cherries. The trullo itself is the real deal. Behind a tacky green fence is an old man who lives in another Trullo; they are not for show. It was comfortable and spacious and had a little kitchen. Bed was comfy. This was the one place my hubbie really did not want to leave. We absolutely loved Ceglie Messapica-- it is little and just amazing. More about that in our trip report. We really could have stayed 2 weeks... barely scratched the surface of the area. So-- on top of the wonderful Trullo-- our host brought us dinner the 2nd night. ridiculously kind. all home made-- seriously the best fugazze we have ever had-- chewey, crunchy and little burnt crust moments. also brought 2 bottles of wine that hubbie made. really beyond. i will say-- there is no internet-- and we were really twitching to get online after a few nights there. Still-- the washing machine they had made up for it!!!

Our second experience with airbnb was also superior. We stayed at Due Gatonni (not sure they call it that online-- it just says' loft in sassi- cathedral area) on Via San Giacomo in Matera-- in the heart of the old city... nice kitchen, amazing view from the front balcony, Really nice hosts-- and just the perfect spot for us. It is about a 5 minute walk up the steep steps from the parking area--- but most of Matera is like that. It's just two doors down form the MUSMA museum... and at 40E a night-- we had money left over to take a soak at the fancy terme San Martino. More on Matera later--

Just wanted to post these two places-- because we were delighted with both. As I said-- it was our first experience with this company and don't know if we were just lucky .... have one more when we go to Bologna-- so fingers crossed.

Loving Puglia. Have never had such rewarding food adventures.
Report will follow in a few weeks.
kawh

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