Our trip to Puglia, the heel of the boot that is Italy on a map, started at an agriturismo in Mattinata. Agritourism is something I’ve only heard of in Italy but is apparently available in many parts of the world including the Philippines, Australia and even the US. The term means a vacation property that also produces crops of some sort, most often in Italy this is olive oil. As I understand it, the Italian government subsidizes small farms-turned-vacation villas in order to boost both industries. We’ve stayed in several over the past couple of years and they range from stately villas to basically renting a room in a farmhouse. With that in mind, you never know what you’re really getting when you book these things online but this turned out to be pretty great.
The grounds were really impressive, if only for the resourcefulness of the landscape design.
Set on a hill overlooking the Ionian Sea, was a terraced landscape, punctuated by numerous stone walls, olive trees, gorgeous blooms in every color and shape and new to my Italian repertoire, giant flowering cacti. Tons of them.
We’ve eaten every meal outside so far.
We’ve been to the beach, shopping, out for cappuccino, out for lunch and more. More, more, more to come. For now, more photos.