Some of you may already be familiar with Italian destinations such as Rome, Venice, Florence, Sicily or the Amalfi coast but how many of you have ever visited Puglia in the far south? Probably not that many, I suspect. Puglia is, like most of the rest of the Italian mainland, a veritable treasure trove of antiquities, impossibly beautiful churches mimicking every conceivable architectural form and boasting cuisine to rival anything that one could reasonable expect to find in even the best Michelin restaurants.
Spain has its Paradors, whilst Portugal has its Pousadas. The nearest Italian equivalent are the Masserias — ‘farm-houses’ which range from Norman-built castle keeps to elaborate palace-like structures from the 16th and 17th centuries. Find out more about what these amazing properties have to offer next week!