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Please Help with Le Marche and Puglia 2 Week Itinerary in June

Please Help with Le Marche and Puglia 2 Week Itinerary in June

Jan 31st, 2012, 03:01 PM
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Hi there

we are also of to puglia for two weeks and i was given this book for christmas


it is really good as it focuses on 20+ restaurants, for each one lots of pictures of town its in, history behind the restaurant and of course pictures of the restaurant. I love it and it has really wet my appetite!
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Jan 31st, 2012, 03:11 PM
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this place in Bologna is amazing for ice cream, its where the locals go and buy family sized portions to take home, about 10-15 walk from core center but more than worth it
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Jan 31st, 2012, 03:25 PM
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Is Matera WORTH IT? YES and YES again. It is the most
hauntingly beautiful city I've ever seen - absolutely unique.
This history of the town is one of terrible sadness and
tragedy...Christ Stopped at Eboli is the seminal book on
Matera and its suffering population and well worth reading
before your visit.

Looking down on the sassi at night is an unforgetable sight
and memory but if you can't manage that at least you'll get
a good idea of the site with a guide.

Lots to digest, eh?
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Jan 31st, 2012, 11:45 PM
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Who knew there was so much to see and experience! There are so few guide books on Puglia (and Le Marche) but the more research I do the more I wonder why this gem of an area is so overlooked! I suppose it hasnt historically been a 'rich' area, but I am so looking forward to our visit!!
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If you have an interest in art, one of my favorite small museums is in Bologna, the Morandi Museum. It's in the Palazzo d'Accursio at Piazza Maggiore. As a bonus, the view of the entrance to the market area from the Palazzo is lovely.

In Ravenna my daughter and I enjoyed our lunch at La Gardela on via Ponte Marino. That was 4 years ago, so take that with a grain of salt. The mosaics in Ravenna are amazing.
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Feb 1st, 2012, 11:41 PM
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Thanks rosetravels!!
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Bookmarking this inspiring thread.
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Feb 3rd, 2012, 04:05 AM
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Just booked Nadia for a guided tour of Matera for the last Friday we are there based on ekskrunchy's recommendation! She only charges €40 for a private afternoon tour so we thought that was well worth it! She doesnt have a website but her email is: [email protected] Will report back and let you know how it goes!
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Feb 4th, 2012, 10:19 AM
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HG001London - I have just added your hints to our schedule as well! Cant wait another 5 months!!!
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Feb 6th, 2012, 02:45 PM
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re-reading this i think i'm going to book nadia too! - sorry don't mean to steal your trip!
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Feb 6th, 2012, 02:48 PM
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Haha - steal away!!
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Feb 6th, 2012, 02:53 PM
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oh and know what you mean about waiting, i booked this may/june trip last July!! no kidding

We normally go on a long haul trip this time of year but we thought -lets splash flight money on a nice villa and have yummy food all day! (and the occasional wine!)
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Feb 10th, 2012, 02:03 AM
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Thank you so much for all your thoughts above! I am reposting my Puglia plans hoping that cindyjo (and anyone else) can provide comments or any hints

Sunday 24 June

Big drive from Le Marche to Puglia

Lunch near Pescara (3 hour drive)

Continue to B&B (4 hour drive)
€110 a night

Dinner at the agritourismo

Monday 25 June
Head out to Martina Franca, Locorotondo (go here last and at dusk if possible) and Alberobello

Lunch at Piazzetta Garibaldi in Martina Franca, no website, Piazza Garibaldi 17, tel. 080-4304900 (DOES ANYONE KNOW IF THIS IS OPEN ON MONDAYS???)
Trattoria Centro Storico at Via Eroi di Dogali 6; Tel : 080-4315473; www.ilcentrostorico.biz

Il Ritrovo degli Amici, a SlowFood restaurant in Martina Franca

Eat dinner here in Mesagne http://www.osteriadelvicoletto.it/
Osteria Del Vicoletto
vico Quercia, 1 - 72023 Mesagne (BR)
TEL. 0831.1720678 - TEL. 328.1894343
[email protected]

Tuesday 26 June
Drive to Lecce and have lunch (45min drive)
Lunch here: http://www.lezie.it/ OR
Alle Due Corti, Lecce, Corte dei Giugni 1, tel:+39-0832-242-223
A simple trattoria serving well prepared home food. This is the place to try tajeddha (layered potatoes, rice, and mussels), ciceri e tria (boiled and crisp-fried pasta with chickpeas) and pezzetti di cavallo (stewed horse meat in tomato sauce). Dinner for two 40 euro.

After lunch head to Otranto along the coast, about an hour. Spend the late afternoon in Otranto dinner here perhaps along the coast…or at the B&B. Any suggestiong for good places near Otranto?

Wednesday 27 June
Polignano a Mare (maybe kayaking on the ocean) just over an hours drive.
Lunch here http://www.grottardito.it/default.htm OR http://www.donnagina.it/fotogallery.php
Dinner at our Masseria

Thursday 28 June
Drive to Ostuni and enjoy the city and lunch. (45min drive)

When stores close up after lunch head to the ruined city of Egnazia (open 8:30 – 19:15); £3.00), near Fasano. It flourished in 5BC; its walls, forum, Roman amphitheatre and temples are photogenically weathered, and the setting is splendid, framed by olive groves and wildflowers, with the sea glittering beyond. The on-site museum houses some well-preserved mosaics and earthenware: well worth a wander. (40 min drive).

For dinner head to Antico Borgo in Cisternino, www.rosticceria-lanticoborgo.it - if you haven't had dinner at a fornello, you haven't been to Puglia, and this one is the fornello you're looking for. (40 min drive). They open at 18:30, we need to book in advance. Via Tarantini behind the town square - Centro Storico di Cisternino
Drive home is about an hour.

Friday 29 June
Mattera – Meeting Nadia at XXXX for guided tour. €40. 2 hour drive.
tel. ab. 0835-333214
tel. cel. 347-8548845
Lunch: I due sassi (no website), in Matera as well, Via Ospedale Vecchio 1 - also very good, even better than (more famous) Le Botteghe, but for "real" Basilicata prices - particularly recommended: local lamb baked in a clay pot, a memorable dish.

Saturday 30 June
Gallipoli and the Ionian Sea (1 hour 20 min drive)
Be sure to eat seafood here!
La Puritate (beside baroque church)
18 Via Sant'Elia
Tel: 39 083 326 4205

Sunday 1 July
Fly home from Brindisi

Phew - all this planning is hard work!

Thanks again for any comments!!!
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Feb 10th, 2012, 03:32 AM
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Jamikins: Take me with you? Failing that, it looks good and I will re-read and offer suggestions when I have more time. But right now, one thing stands out: The drive from Matera to Gallipoli is close to 3 hours. I am wondering if it is worthwhile to drive all the way there for so little time. Youmight consider spending more time in Matera and flying home from Bari. Because it seems odd that you are already in Otranto and then are driving north from there to Polignano and then to the Salento again just to see Gallipoli. Now mind you, I have never been to Gallipoli so for all I know it is worth the trip. (I will be following you..we are returning for our third trip to Puglia in September!)
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Feb 10th, 2012, 04:01 AM
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Sorry if its confusing, we are doing a very long day trip to see Matera (I just cant let it go ever though its 2 hours each way from our masseria!!!) Hubby has agreed to the long day so will ensure he gets lots of wine that night!

We will be driving to Gallipoli from our masseria and its only 1.5ish hours each way!

Hope that makes sense

Thanks for your thoughts...and hey, feel free to come along! Too bad we all werent going at the same time! We could meet up!
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Have you considered treating your-self and just paying the extra to stay in Matera anyway if the budget has not been eaten up already? I know it may seems silly but we decided to bite the bullet and stay a night in Matera in the middle of our two week stay even thought we have a villa paid for the whole two weeks

This place


gets great reviews, is in centre of town (a cave house too) and is 70 euros a night

just a thought, for ages we were not doing this but at the back of my head I kept thinking “ohh but I don’t want to miss matera at night” so just thought go for it!

It also means for us a night when my bf can go for dinner and have wine etc and walk back to hotel. Our villa is in the countryside so we need to drive to places at night.

Just a thought…
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Feb 10th, 2012, 06:14 AM
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And a good thought...will talk it over with hubby. We are really trying to be reasonable cause I know we will go over budget on food and wine hahahaha!

So many options to think about!!!
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Feb 10th, 2012, 06:16 AM
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Oooo that place looks great!!!! Argghh...everything is so tempting!
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Feb 10th, 2012, 01:09 PM
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haha, i know i am kicking myself that i have no more holiday to go to san sebastian this year!! its so hard choosing where to go in so little time!!

We booked our flights as otherwise i would have kept adding on extra time either end and then had no holiday left for the rest of the year!

by the way, where is your masseria at? how long are u staying there? i wasn't sure whether u were moving about and staying somewhere in Salento too or just had the one base in Puglia?

i have to admit i will be printing your plans and taking it to Puglia with me!!! hehe hope thats ok? but hey at least if i do try anything u say out and its bad i can warn you
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