Southern Italy Road Trip

Today marks our three month mark from leaving Italy.  I cannot believe it!  Last week, Bobby and I took our final road trip to southern Italy, where we visited Bobby’s sister Eva and caught some rays on the beach.  Okay, to be honest, it was several beaches.  :)  Even though the southern regions of Puglia, Basilicata, Calabria, and Campania aren’t the most visited in Italy, they are certainly among our favorites.  The people are open, generous, and (generally) love getting to know us, a welcome change to some of the colder responses we’ve received in the north.

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Our 2nd Italian Anniversary

First night on the water

I know I’m a little late, but September 6th marked our 2nd Italian anniversary.  This means we have passed well over the halfway point of Bobby’s Olmsted experience.  Wow!  I’d like to highlight some of our favorite travel spots we were fortunate enough to see this year (see our first year favorites here). First though, we’d like to reiterate to the Olmsted Foundation how incredibly grateful we are for this amazing opportunity.  We never thought we’d get travel like this as a couple, nor have the chance to learn a second language while experiencing the culture first-hand.  We can’t express our gratitude enough – thank you, thank you, thank you!… [Read More]

The Beaches of Gargano

Sunset on the beach in Vieste

This summer, we set out to visit some of the “less traveled” areas of Italy, including both the Molise and Abruzzo regions.  However, we started out in Puglia, known for its long coast line, beautiful beaches, and sunny disposition.  While most people visit the “heel” of Italy (like we did last year), we stuck to the lesser known “spur” area of Puglia.  Home to the Gargano National Park, the spur is a virtually untouched area with the best beaches we have ever been to in Italy.  The two largest towns, which aren’t very large by most standards, are Vieste and Peschici, both of which are summer havens for Italians, Germans, and Austrians.  How can you go wrong when the sand feels like flour and the water is almost bath water? … [Read More]

Southern Exposure – Puglia Region

Trulli huts

Our southern Italy tour kicked off by visiting a region that we’d never seen: Puglia.  The Puglia region makes up the heel of Italy’s boot and many tourists (mostly Europeans) flock to the vast stretches of the region’s coastline in the summertime to enjoy their beach vacations.  The geography is definitely different in Puglia than most of Italy; there are very few mountains (only found in the northern part of Puglia) or even hills.  Most of the area is comprised of vast stretches of plains and a few plateaus.  Obviously we didn’t have time to see everything there is to see, but we chose a few cities to kick-off our southern route: Alberobello, Lecce, and Leuca.

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