Horace, the great Latin poet of the 1st century BC, while travelling to Brindisi, described the bread of Altamura as “the best by far” and so appetising that “wise travellers carry a load on their shoulders for later”: i.e. a bread for export. The discovery of Pane di Altamura by the Romans, accustomed to stodgy, indigestible barley bread, soon ele...

Turi, and the whole area around Bari, has cultivated cherries for more than a century. Soil and micro-climate is what makes them special. At the beginning of the 1900s, the vast majority of cherries produced in Turi and in other areas of Puglia was sulfurized and sold on the northern Italian and international markets. The cherries from Turi were of...

Castel del Monte, thanks to its location, the mathematical and astronomical precision of its layout and its perfectly regular shape, is a unique masterpiece of medieval architecture that reflects the humanistic ideals and broad education of its founder: Frederick II. The castle is a cultural site of "outstanding universal value" thanks to the perfe...

Daniel Soares is a fourth-generation New York grocer and owner of Essex Market produce stand Alimentari Flâneur. His family is from PugliaThe COVID situation there: Italy, like all of the European Union, is open to vaccinated travelers from the United States. The country has no quarantine requirement on arrival as long as you travel on a dedicated...

After more than a year of being homebound, travel enthusiasts are finding themselves torn when thinking about how to approach their 2021 and 2022 trips. On one hand, cabin fever has gripped us all and we can’t wait to hop on the next plane to….well, anywhere, really; on the other hand, the thought of crowded cities and indoor museums and sites pack...

Alberobello, famous for its picturesque Trulli, is a town in the southeastern part of the province of Bari, in Apulia. Located in the Itria Valley and in the so-called Murgia dei Trulli, its foundation dates back to the fifteenth-sixteenth century by the Counts Acquaviva-D'Aragona of Conversano (Bari). Owners of the territory at the time, the count...

Living a beautiful slow life by the Italian seaside makes most of us think of amazing food, wonderful wine and a more romantic way of life. The kind of life sipping a glass of wine watching a Mediterranean sunset. Or, meeting friends at a quaint café to enjoy the sea, the sun and a mid-morning aperitivo. This month’s citizen of the world and curren...

Once characterized by a quantity over quality approach, the wines of Puglia today have all the credentials to warrant flattery and praise – especially the rosés, which are among the best in Italy. It's no coincidence that Italy's first national rosé wine, the Five Roses by Leone de Castris, was bottled here as early as 1943.  This aptitude is due t...

When traveling to Italy in summer, deciding whether to spend time seeing all there is to see or letting yourself succumb to the dolce far niente call of the country’s alluring coast can be tough—many visitors want lots of history and beach time, but sometimes can’t have them both in the same day. As temperatures soar, the tug of the seaside often g...

It is on air the first podcast episode of 'This is What a Generation Sounds Like' - a series by the The European Podcast, Are We Europe, and Allianz Kulturstiftung. A list of well-selected stories from the outskirts of Europe, narrated from the perspective of young European citizens. The first commissioned story is proudly Italian and specifically...