The secret may be out about Italy’s once sleepy southern boot heel, but that doesn’t mean that the magic has been lost from the amazing region of Puglia. For many years Puglia was not on most tourists radar, leaving the beautiful region, filled with baroque architecture and olive trees galore, to Rome and Milan’s elite. Then the celebrities caught wind, escaping there for holidays full of peace and quiet.
These days, the scene has definiltey picked up, but it’s still just as beautiful and breathtaking as ever. I went a few years ago with my family and stayed at the fabulous Borgo Egnazia, which despite it’s new construction, encapsulates the perfect timelessness of the region, the rich land, the bountiful sea, and the quaint borgo, or village life.
Located on the beautiful Adriatic coast, some say Borgo Egnazia has put Puglia on the map as a major destination for both its high style and excellent food. And even though the massive compound is not actually an historic building, owner Aldo Melpignano took great pains to make sure it was as close as possible to the real deal. Constructed in 2010, the team attempted to completely replicate the historic architecture of the region, only using local building materials, and local artisans from the region. And it paid off – the newly constructed borgo could easily be mistaken for being centuries old.
Everything about this place was simply magical, it was like stepping back in time to ancient Italy, eating fabulous food, lounging along the amazing beaches, and living in the most lovely cottages and villas. Everything is quiet and understated, yet totally stylish, contemporary and comfortable. My family and I had the best time here. The food is amazing, the countryside surrounding the hotel is stunningly beautiful and untouched. The little towns that dot the area are so pretty and simple.The hotel spa is like a slice of heaven. There are the multiple pools on the property and the kids club is out of this world. I can’t recommend this hotel and a trip to Puglia enough!
The region is known for it’s olive oil production, as well as rich farm lands full of plump tomatoes and figs, which is why it’s become such a popular food destination. But what’s so lovely is that it’s still relatively remote and untouched by tourists, save for the very fancy celebrities and vactioners from Rome and Milan who still flock here to get away. And perhaps now, some Interior Monologue readers!