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Trulli Foodie Puglia-two weeks to eat through!!!

Old Jun 3rd, 2012, 05:33 AM
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thanks, HG001 - so that's one vote for Puglia, and another for sicily.

very helpful!
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Old Jun 3rd, 2012, 05:43 AM
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BTW, HG001, i wasn't being sarky. i do appreciate all the tips and info about Puglia, and I've loved being on your trip with you.
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Old Jun 3rd, 2012, 05:46 AM
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opps sorry Ann i was writing all the Puglia stuff before i saw you were going May and only thought it should be a definite winner if the trip was in june july or august to make use to beaches!!

Seen as its not I would stick with your plans for Sicily and plan puglia for june another year maybe.

Sorry
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Old Jun 3rd, 2012, 05:49 AM
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oh no its cool i realised by the end it might not be that much help, but figured it would be good for others too to get a brief summary

Sicily will be fab im sure

(we were actually choosing between those too as well but only went for Puglia as we thought driving may be a little easier there-sicily is on our list too!!)

It was great having you along!!
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Old Jun 3rd, 2012, 05:53 AM
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oh and just in case anyone is thinking i think Puglia is not great as i just got back and voted for Sicily.......don't get me wrong- we absolutely LOVED puglia. In fact went through our pics last night and reflected on how nice it was.

But the vote is where should Ann go and i think Sicily seems equally wonderful and as this is ann's plan before and had a reason for going there it would be a fab place to stick with!
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Old Jun 3rd, 2012, 06:12 AM
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no need to apologise, HG. all suggestions gratefully received.

we have a friend [actually a fellow toiler in the fields of italian language learning] who has a house in Puglia somewhere, which she has said we can borrow, but we would of course have to fit in with her plans, obviously.

but there is something about those pictures of Sicily that is calling to me!
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Old Jun 3rd, 2012, 06:18 AM
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i have to admit Taormina feels like it is calling me too!!
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Old Jun 3rd, 2012, 06:41 AM
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HG001London, this was such a 'tasteful' and wonderful Trip Report. Grazie !

DH and I are just beginning to plan a trip to Puglia - and we certainly plan to follow many of your recommendations and experiences - but I think we'd better plan lots of walks between those fabulous meals. That is how we have survived our trips to other parts of Italy.

I really enjoyed your TRs and like annhig, feel sad that you (we) have come to the end of the journey. But welcome home and well done !

~MarnieWDC
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Old Jun 3rd, 2012, 06:58 AM
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HG: I, too, am sad that our adventure has come to a close. But I just want to thank you for providing lots of vicarious pleasure. Truly excellent!

Your comments on Monopoli are very helpful. We will be returning to "our" hotel near Fasano at the end of our next Puglia trip and Monopoli is very close. I had only stopped briefly to visit the market but this time I will set aside time to further explore, and maybe to have a meal at Osteria Pericci.

Did you know that Ceglie is considered one of the gastronomic capitals of the region? I'm embarrassed to say that I've never eaten there, as our first restaurant choice in that town has been closed at the times of our past visits.

About Tropea: I, too, have seen those photos. I'm dreaming about a future trip that would begin at the airport in Lamezia, continue on to Tropea, and then continue with a jaunt up to Amantea (a great seacoast town..lots of life and great food!) through Basilicata, stop at Pollino Park, Senise, and Matera among other places, and end up in Puglia. Wouldn't that be something!??

We're watching the festivities in London on tv just now....lovely!!
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Old Jun 3rd, 2012, 07:11 AM
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Marnie, what a lovely message- thank you thats really kind. Glad you enjoyed it, it was nice knowing people were reading along.

Ah yes favourite things ok

My favourite Towns of all that we visited:

1. Pogliano a Mare
2. Trani
3. Ostuni
4. Locorotondo

In addition, definitely worth the hype and a visit

1. Matera - unique
2. Lecce - warm/cheery

Favourite/ Most Memorable Meals: (not necessarily best restaurants but ones we enjoyed most)

1. Osteria Pericci in Monopoli (for pure taste and authenticity!)
2. Antiche Mura in Pogliano a Mare (for indulgence and truffle lovers!)
3. Sapere e Sapore in Ostuni (for absolute simplicity and tasty sausages)
4. A tre Santi, Locorotondo (for Puglian pasta done well)

Top 3 dishes

1. Truffle Pasta at Antichi Mura
2. Seafood Pasta with chilli oil at Osteria Pericci
3. Spicy Rigatoni at Le chicche di zia , Cistercino

**For a pricey but one off Feast: Il Frotoio, Ostuni

**and a special mention to Il Tronco Pizza- hmmmmmmm

Little things I will remember Puglia for

1. Olive Trees
2. Trulli
3. Orechiette Pasta with hard Ricotta
4. White washed buildings
5. Golden Yellow Bread
6. Tasty olives/Olive oil
7. Turquoise pretty sea
8. Sugared almonds
9. Pretty Churches
10. Antipasti
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Old Jun 3rd, 2012, 07:15 AM
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Eks,

thanks for your message

that Tropea trip sounds very nice indeed (*off to google properly*).

Yes we noticed a sign about the gastronomic of Ceglie, our meal there was good but not excellent. We really wanted to go to the antico-borgo place but also found it closed.

Yes pop into Perricci....the pasta is so tasty i am dreaming about it in london.

Haha yeah watching the london thing- that horse almost got me emotional!
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Old Jun 3rd, 2012, 07:19 AM
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Marnie,

don't worry too much about the effect on waistline, back in london its jeans weather and thankfully favourite pair still fit ;-) but that may be due to all that food still waiting to fully show its negative side...oh dear
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Thank you for a delightful foodie TR. Enjoyed following along with. Appreciate your list of "tops."
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Old Jun 3rd, 2012, 07:24 AM
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no probs yes, glad you enjoyed
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Old Jun 3rd, 2012, 07:52 AM
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Haha yeah watching the london thing- that horse almost got me emotional! >>

no spoilers please. I'm watching the fabulous tennis from Paris and recording the flotilla, so we can fast forward through the boring bits.
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Old Jun 3rd, 2012, 08:06 AM
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no probs ann...there is definitely no horse in the parade ;-)
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Old Jun 3rd, 2012, 08:17 AM
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no probs ann...there is definitely no horse in the parade >>

shame. i was only going to be watching it for that!
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Old Jun 3rd, 2012, 08:32 AM
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Thanks HG I am going to cut and paste all your restaurant suggestions into my trip planner for next October (early oct) and my husband has also enjoyed me reading your reports to him. He loved your food descriptions!
On our last trip we visited Polignano for an afternoon and wondered where all the people were! We will have to make a concerted effort to visit the towns before everything closes up at 1. Thanks for your "best of" list.

Eks crunchy your trip plan sounds wonderful. We drove from Taormina to matera in one (very long) day and it was so beautiful we wished we'd had time to explore. I will be watching for a report if you decide to go. There is even less English spoken than in Puglia though, judging from our lunch experience (funny story there).

Annhig as much as I love Puglia there is definitely more variety of things to do and see in Sicily, but I'm sure you will love either.
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Old Jun 3rd, 2012, 08:48 AM
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sundried, thats so cool to know my report was actually read aloud to someone!!!

Pog was one of our busiest places (maybe 4 tourists there that we saw) but it was good to see the beach completely empty so you could really appreciate the dramatic coastline there!

That does sound like a long drive from Taormina!!
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Sundried: Yes, very little English, at least in the parts of Calabria that I visited on a trip a few months ago (overnight at Amantea; lunch at Castrovillari) I never did write a trip report, but would HIGHLY recommend something along the lines of our itinerary: Fly into Lamezia, drive north with stops in coastal and inland Calabria, Cilento coast, Paestum area, and end up in Amalfi Coast area or Naples, or both. We had about 17 days and its was perfect.

HG: I love the summary lists of likes and dislikes, and bests of.... excellent!!
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