From Gargano to Santa Maria di Leuca – its utmost tip – Puglia promises visitors different scenarios and unique atmospheres, intense contrasts of colors, flavors, and dialects that coexist in complete harmony.
The bare rock of the Gargano promontory emerges from the water and heralds classic legends – such as that of Cristalda and Pizzomunno – and adds another dimension, especially when compared to the white villages and the renowned trulli – zany houses with conical roofs – of the Itria Valley, which is blanketed with a vast spread of ancient olive trees. Beyond this green expanse, is the intense blue of the Adriatic Sea, the purple of the bougainvillea, the white lime walls of the historical centers, the ruby red of Primitivo wine, all of which border an even more ancient, eye-opening land: Salento.
Salento is a region that is as merry and vivacious as the tambourines played by the musicians of Pizzica and Taranta. It brims with pride and passion that emanates from its red soil, from the warmth of its inhabitants’ hospitality, and from the mesmerizing shades of orange that paint its sunsets. One can embrace Salento’s history by touching the rough stone of its historic centers and fortified farms. Though the cuisine is simplistic in nature, it boasts rich, hearty flavors and a spectrum of tradition.