Travel Diaries - L'estate pugliese
It seemed like everyone and their mother were in Italy this summer - and with good reason. Two years of the pandemic postponed a lot of people's travel plans, and with Europe (and much of the world) easing their COVID restrictions, tourists were flocking to international destinations for an escape from reality. Lucky for my boyfriend, the reality is his hometown of Brindisi is the perfect home base to explore the beautiful Pugliese region of south Italy.
To reach this part of the world from southern California, my sister and I undertook a 24+ hour travel journey which was composed of 2 connecting flights. But it was all worth it in the end to be reunited with my long-distance boyfriend, his family, and the gorgeous Puglia. Plus, we had plenty of sunshine, sea, and delicious Italian food waiting for us.
This was an extremely special trip as my boyfriend and I celebrated one year of being together. He even surprised me with an anniversary dinner at the world famous Grotta Palazzese - which if you've seen any photos, it will easily be added to your bucket list. A restaurant in the side of cliff - need I say more? Read my blogpost about Grotta Palazzese here! I'm not even kidding when I say that within this past year, it has become an influencer playground. However, do not let that deter you as it's a once-in-a-lifetime dining experience and a MUST if you're able to.
What I really loved about this trip was to be able to truly enjoy the natural beauty of the region. It was also my sister's first time in Puglia, so it was super special to have her there and spend this time with my future in-laws too. I look forward to bringing my parents there next, hopefully next year! I've been to the big cities of Italy (Venice, Florence, Rome) which are all incredible and so rich in history, but what I was really amazed about with Puglia is the crystal clear sea, sprawling cliffs, and it still relatively being unfamiliar to the general tourist. It's very much the part of Italy that Italians go for holiday - and I loved it. However, I'm pretty sure it will become the next hot spot within the next 3-5 years. So, if you have the chance to visit, I highly recommend you do and do it soon.