PUGLIA, ITALY

A TRAVEL DIARY OF THE WHITEWASHED HILL TOWNS OF PUGLIA BY OUR FRIEND, AND DIRECTOR OF MCMPR MARIE- CLAUDE MALLAT

A sunset swim in a small cove surrounded by the clifftop town of Polignano de Mare A sunset swim in a small cove surrounded by the clifftop town of Polignano de Mare
Floral festooned houses of Monopoli Floral festooned houses of Monopoli
A view of the hilltop town of Ostuni and the surrounding ocean A view of the hilltop town of Ostuni and the surrounding ocean
Where to Explore in Puglia: Cisternino Farmer’s Market – For the freshest local produce Where to Explore in Puglia: Cisternino Farmer’s Market – For the freshest local produce
An old bike parked in front of a white brick wall with purple flowers stretching over the top An old bike parked in front of a white brick wall with purple flowers stretching over the top
The hotel pool at Borgo Egnazia is surrounded by sun loungers, beach umbrellas and a clear blue sky The hotel pool at Borgo Egnazia is surrounded by sun loungers, beach umbrellas and a clear blue sky
Where to Stay in Puglia: Borgo Egnazia – Luxury in the heart of Puglia; Masseria Torre Coccaro – Relaxing, simple and rustic Where to Stay in Puglia: Borgo Egnazia – Luxury in the heart of Puglia; Masseria Torre Coccaro – Relaxing, simple and rustic
Lecce Cathedral  Lecce Cathedral
Puglia, Italy – By Marie Claude Mallat Puglia, Italy – By Marie Claude Mallat
The sun setting over an old brick building in Alberobello The sun setting over an old brick building in Alberobello
Enjoying a cocktail in an all-white bar in Puglia Enjoying a cocktail in an all-white bar in Puglia
A black and white image of Nicky Zimmermann and friend in Lecce, Italy A black and white image of Nicky Zimmermann and friend in Lecce, Italy
Cactus leaves and the clear blue sky Cactus leaves and the clear blue sky
A large white archway with climbing purple vines at Masseria Torre Coccaro Hotel A large white archway with climbing purple vines at Masseria Torre Coccaro Hotel
Lounging at Coccaro Beach Club in Savelletri with a view of the ocean ahead Lounging at Coccaro Beach Club in Savelletri with a view of the ocean ahead
Swimmers enjoying the water on the coast of Monopoli Swimmers enjoying the water on the coast of Monopoli
Pastel buildings in Monopoli  Pastel buildings in Monopoli
A view of the sunset on the ocean from a cliff at Polignano de Mare A view of the sunset on the ocean from a cliff at Polignano de Mare
An old, wooden boat on the balcony of Porto Rosso Restaurante in Monopoli  An old, wooden boat on the balcony of Porto Rosso Restaurante in Monopoli
Swimmers in the bright turquoise water in Polognano a Mare Swimmers in the bright turquoise water in Polognano a Mare
The view over Alberobello from a balcony The view over Alberobello from a balcony
Where to Eat in Puglia: Lo Scalo – For a lazy lunch by the sea; Porto Rosso Restuarante – Try the pizza, enjoy the views; Osteria Del Tempo Perso – Apulian cuisine in the heart of Ostuni Where to Eat in Puglia: Lo Scalo – For a lazy lunch by the sea; Porto Rosso Restuarante – Try the pizza, enjoy the views; Osteria Del Tempo Perso – Apulian cuisine in the heart of Ostuni
An “Osteria Del Tempo Perso” sign and green vines hung on a wall An “Osteria Del Tempo Perso” sign and green vines hung on a wall
Narrow streets of Monopoli are lined with tall buildings and potted plants Narrow streets of Monopoli are lined with tall buildings and potted plants
A small chapel at Masseria Torre Coccardo at twilight is lit up hanging fairy lights A small chapel at Masseria Torre Coccardo at twilight is lit up hanging fairy lights
The bright blue ocean and clifftop town of Polignano a Mare The bright blue ocean and clifftop town of Polignano a Mare
A laneway in Ostuni is lit by small bulbs strung between buildings A laneway in Ostuni is lit by small bulbs strung between buildings
Where to Swim in Puglia: Coccaro Beach Club – The perfect spot to spend a day seaside; Savelletri – For the white sand and translucent water; Polignano a Mare – White pebbled beaches on the Adriatic coast Where to Swim in Puglia: Coccaro Beach Club – The perfect spot to spend a day seaside; Savelletri – For the white sand and translucent water; Polignano a Mare – White pebbled beaches on the Adriatic coast
Watching swimmers in the bright blue ocean from Lo Scalo restaurant Watching swimmers in the bright blue ocean from Lo Scalo restaurant
The earthy interior and dining space of Osteria Del Tempo Perso The earthy interior and dining space of Osteria Del Tempo Perso
Fresh produce at the Farmer’s Market in Cisternino  Fresh produce at the Farmer’s Market in Cisternino
The rocky beach and clear blue water of Monopoli is occupied by swimmers on a summer’s day The rocky beach and clear blue water of Monopoli is occupied by swimmers on a summer’s day
On the rocks at Monopoli looking back at the buildings, umbrellas and people along the coastline On the rocks at Monopoli looking back at the buildings, umbrellas and people along the coastline