Daily Mail 27th August 2007
Puglia? Now that's life! (Esther Rantzen)
The well-heeled south of Italy - far from most British tourists
Apulia is the Deep South, the unknown Italy, where few foreign tourists ever venture. But that's our loss, because Puglia, as the Italians call the southern heel of the Italian boot, has a real shine on it, a patina blended from sunshine and olive oil.
Would I recommend Puglia? Absolutely, if you love sunshine, sweet fruit, olive oil and getting away from the traditional British Chiantishire. Missing it already, I have planted my own olive tree in a pot and am now hoping that global warming will enable it to thrive, so I can import some of that Puglian shine to our rainy little island.
The Telegraph 9th September 2006
Savvy Traveller (Nick Trend)
Looking for a late break somewhere sunny? Nick Trend recommends eight places that can deliver.
.... the food is sublime - this is the home of mozzarella and some of the best olive oil, fruit and vegetables in the country - and the wines are also in the first rank. Puglia also has some of Italy's most stylish hotels: the masserias, fortified homesteads converted into small and peaceful upmarket resorts.
Alan's comment -
Spot on re the food - but in additional saying you wouldn't come here particularly for the landscape which is "quite flat, parched in summer".has the writer never visited the Gravina country - with spectacular ravines drawing comparison with the Grand Canyon? Appreciated the rolling rural landscape of the trulli country? Visited the Gargano plateau?
I don't think so. Savvy - I think not.
These areas are wonderful in their landscape attraction, and never parched in summer, with the vines and the olives providing all-year green cover.
But credit at least for including Puglia in the top recommendations - late Autumn is certainly a good time to visit the area. But do expect an occasional rain.
The Guardian 4th March 2006
Where Italy kicks back
Rustic charm, great food, a classy beach club - Puglia has everything we love about Italy, minus the hordes of tourists, says Zoe Williams
Travel in any direction at all, (from Brindisi), and you'll shortly hit some or all of the things that make the place famous; in no particular order, these are the masseria, great farmhouses converted into hotels; the trulli, which are funny little dwellings shaped like beehives; the centuries-old olive trees and assorted pretty landscapes; and the amazing food. Some large percentage, which I would look up if I thought you'd remember it, of all Italy's olive oil, fish and pasta comes from this region. They honestly cannot mess up food if they try; you don't even have to order from menus, most of the time, you just smile like a person who wants something tasty, and they'll bring you something tasty.
Place in the Sun Magazine 29th September 2005
Personal fitness trainers Michele Perks and Lesley Holmes want to maximise their health and well being and invest in some Italian property while they're at it. We pointed them in the direction of Puglia, home to ancient cone shaped buildings called Trulli, and some of the countrys best value housing.
The 16 page article features three of our properties.
The Sunday Times 21st August 2005
Italy's ripe for the picking
Rosie Millard finds there are still plenty of investment opportunities for Britons in the land of La Dolce Vita
Independent on Sunday 20th February 2005
Just me, the tree gods, and a mosaic full of mermaids
Jeremy Atiyah hears echoes of Byzantium in Italy's Land's end - the deserted, beautiful, and mysterious region of Salento.
"The gorgeous rocky coast is unexploited all the way to the southernmost tip of the peninsula"
The Italian Magazine February 2005 Issue
Region Guide - Puglia
Long ignored in favour of the more affluent north, sun-drenched Puglia has finally been discovered. Amy Carroll explores Italys southern tip and discovers a land rich in diversity.
Puglia lies in the arms of the sea. To the west, the clear and iridescent turquoise waters of the Ionian. To the east, the slightly more agitated Adriatic.
It is a land conquered by countless invaders, where East and West flirt with each other and embrace. This is one of Italys least known yet most sophisticated and exotic territories. For so many years, considered the poor south, a drain on the wealthy north, it is now full of poise and ready to prosper. Puglia is fast becoming the sharp stiletto of Europes stylish boot. Its beauty lies in its rich landscape and varied architecture, its charm in the people.
Puglias olive groves drip feed 80 per cent of Italys oil production, her fishermen catch most of the countrys fish, much of Europes pasta is made here, and her acres of vineyards are vast. Here, it is possible to enjoy the true Mediterranean Mezzogiorno life, with a dash of North Africa and Greece thrown in. At 22,000 square kilometres it is too immense to cover in one visit, and choosing where to start will depend on your taste beaches, hill-top towns, cities or working harbours. Puglia has it all.
[For the full article, see issue 02 of The Italian Magazine]
Italia! Magazine December 2004 Issue
Homes in Puglia
Puglia - the 'heel' of Italy - has been acclaimed as the new Tuscany. But its attractions extend far beyond its investment potential, writes Alan Tootill.
(10 Page Puglia feature)
The Guardian Saturday 21st August 2004
The Sunday Telegraph 15th August 2004 Headline
They may look like something out of a fairytale, but these unusual beehive-shaped houses in Puglia, Italy, are the hottest new buy for British holiday-home hunters. Prices won't stay low for long, writes Jack Gee.
Independent 14th August 2004 headline/extract
The Complete Guide
Daily Mail, 31st July 2004 headline/extract
Forget Tuscany and Umbria.
Andrew Morrod discovers the intense charms of the Heel of
The Observer, Sunday June 27, 2004 headline
Is Puglia the new Tuscany?
Puglia's microclimate produces some of Italy's tastiest food - for years appreciated only by the locals. But the south-east's best-kept secret is becoming a hot destination for gourmet travellers, says Amy Raphael.
The Times 21st May 2--4
Daily Mail April 16th 2004
It's not just their curious structure - with their cone-like whiteewashed roofs - that is luring British house-hunters to the Puglia region, but also its beautiful coastlines, delicious seafood and tasty wines.....
Alan and Christine (Tootill) own an attractive trullo set within four acres of land. It has 130 cherry trees, 100 olive and almond, plum, apricot and per trees, too....
Their spacious trullo is made of 11 cones on the outskirts of Alberobello, a pretty town that contains more than 1400 of these fairytale houses - and a church with a trullo roof......
Ryanair recently started a daily route from Stansted to Bari, which is 30 miles from Alberobello, and starts a service to nearby Brindisi at the end of the month. BA has also started a direct dervice to Bari. But despite the flurry of British and other foreign arrivals, the baroque beauty of the towns and villages of Puglia's trullo country is still little known.
The earth is rich and red, and the tiny stone walls that surround the houses look as if they have been transported there from Ireland.
The beaches of the Adriatic, with their pretty fishing villages, are only a 20-minute drive away.
Homes Away From Home, March 2004 extract
Far from the Hills
For a three bedroom villa in liveable condition in 2,000-3,000 sq m of land, buyers could expect to pay around £100,000, a mere drop in the wine-lake in comparison to its Tuscan compatriots.
Credits for quotes and pictures, Kamran Mirshahi
Sunday Times January 25,
Copyright 2004 Times Newspapers Ltd.
Sunday Times January 25,
Guardian 03.01.04 extract
Isabel Choat picks the destinations likely to be on your wish list for 2004
Despite being a favourite among Italian holidaymakers, Puglia - the region that forms the heel of Italy - is relatively unknown beyond its own shores. But not for much longer. With Ryanair's daily Stansted-Bari service starting on January 15 and British Airways following suit in March with three flights a week, Puglia is already being dubbed the new Tuscany. It may not have the lush scenery or cities to rival Florence or Siena, but it does have some of the best beaches on the Adriatic, fantastic baroque towns such as Lecce and unique architecture - it is the only region in Italy where you'll find trulli - traditional conical, white-washed buildings. It's also about 25% cheaper than Tuscany, and you'll find culinary specialities you won't see on the menu anywhere else in Italy, like tiella , made from layers of courgettes, potato, tomatoes and mussels marinated in wine and olive oil (Puglia produces 15% of the world's olive oil).