Casalabate, an Italian holiday town

Casalabate, an Italian holiday town

Situated on the Adriatic coast, lies the small market town of Casalabate. Just a few miles south of Brindisi and with Lecce, the Florence of the South, to the south-west, Casalabate is a typical small market town. The population of Casalabate and a 7 kilometre radius is approximately 26000, however this is greatly increased in the summer months when Italians and non Italians alike arrive for their vacation.

Ostuni, the white city

Ostuni, the white city

This exquisite little city is situated close to a tranquil stretch of coastline. It is built across three hills and marks the beginning of the Salentine Peninsula. As you travel down the Bari to Brindisi super-strada look inland and you will see Ostuni, the White City, on the hills in the near distance.

Otranto : jewel of the Salento

Otranto : jewel of the Salento

There is something very special about Otranto …… You will read this in many places. And there is something very special about Otranto for us. It’s the place we first visited back in 1998, when we first fell in love with Puglia, and the seeds of our dream were sown. Now we want to share Otranto with you.

San Pietro Vernotico

San Pietro Vernotico

One of our favourite places for a leisurely shopping trip, we can combine supermarket shopping with a stroll through the streets of San Pietro, stopping for a cappucino or a beer in one of the many cafe-bars. Unlike our other local towns, San Pietro does have a long street of shops. Start at one end as you enter San Pietro and stroll along the olive lined street. From designer clothes to jewellery, ceramic tiles and kitchens, newsagents, hardware shops, supermarket Crai, many cafe-bars and geletarias, hairdressers and barbers – something is sure to catch your eye.

Squinzano

Squinzano

Although Squinzano is as close to our Puglia villas as Torchiarolo we had nver really explored it (except for visits to the Cantina). A guest entry in the Villa Rosa guest book mentioning Squinzano prompted me to say to friends that we did not really know Squinzano very well. Our friend Mino, the Puglia Chef, is originally from Squinzano and his wife Val offered to show us around.

Manduria

Manduria

As we are located in the southern part of Puglia, the peninsula is narrow and there are many interesting places within an easy drive from all the villas. Manduria, in the province of Taranto and on the western side of the peninsula, is one just one of those.

Puglia Summer : Santa Caterina, Nardo

Puglia Summer : Santa Caterina, Nardo

It was an almost perfect Puglia Summer day. Hot, the sun was shining but very windy. Yesterday morning we woke up to a very blustery day and high tides on the beach. With guests settled in both our Puglia villas we found ourselves with time on our hands. Time to do a little exploring. Call it research for our guest information book and website. Really though we just wanted to have some fun and relax.

Lecce – Baroque City in Puglia

Lecce – Baroque City in Puglia

The first time we visited Puglia we drove through the outskirts of Lecce, the traffic was heavy and there was no apparent regard for any highway code! Our impressions of Lecce on that occasion were not good and we struck it off our list of places to visit. It wasn’t until we arranged to look at property in August 2005 that we took a second look at Lecce, and discovered what we had been missing.

Gallipoli

Gallipoli

Not to be confused with Gallipoli in Turkey where the Battle of Gallipoli took place during the first Wold War, Gallipoli used to be an island an retains some of its faded island charm. Located on the Ionian sea, the town is divided into two parts, the modern and the old city which is on a limestone island linked to the mainland by a bridge.

Savelletri – Puglia seaside resort

Savelletri – Puglia seaside resort

Savelletri is a pretty little Puglia seaside resort, located close to the town of Fasano in the region of Brindisi.Savelletri does have a winter population which expands greatly in the summer when second home owners and tourists arrive. Locally many people from Fasano, Bari and Martina Franca have second homes in Savelletri but foreign tourists are now discovering this picture perfect seaside town.

Torchiarolo

Torchiarolo

Torchiarolo, in the Province of Brindisi, is located 22.7 kilometers south of Brindisi, and just 5 kilometers from Casa Mare and Villa Rosa. From Brindisi take the Super-Strada in the direction of Lecce and then take the exit for Torchiarola. Once you exit from the Super-Strada, whether you take the main roads or the agricultural roads you will be surrounded by olive groves.