Our Road Trip through the 'Heel of the Boot' Puglia & Basilicata.

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In May 2014 we did a road trip through Puglia. We based ourselves in a Masseria in Ostuni for a few days and took some day trips to Alberobello, Polignano Al Mare and Lecce. Then we drove to the southern tip of Puglia and stayed in a Masseria in Otranto for a few nights. The drive we did along the coast road to the very tip of the boot was one of the most spectacular sea side drives that we have ever done. A highlight of our road trip was our stay in a cave in Matera which is in Basilicata near the border of Puglia. I hope our photos inspire you to explore this very beautiful part of the world.
Sextantio Le Grotte Della Civita, Matera, ItalySextantio Le Grotte Della CivitaMatera, ItalyThis is the key to our Cave #4. Staying at Sextantio was an amazing experience! The caves are beautifully presented, I will never forget opening...Sextantio Le Grotte Della Civita, Matera, ItalySextantio Le Grotte Della CivitaMatera, ItalyOne of the highlights of staying in a cave at Sextantio was this bath tub. It was so relaxing at the end of each day to soak away the aches of a...Sextantio Le Grotte Della Civita, Matera, ItalySextantio Le Grotte Della CivitaMatera, ItalyWe stayed in a cave in Matera, Italy. It was the most amazing experience. This photo is of the table that we sat at for breakfast each morning in a...Cattedrale Di Otranto, Otranto, ItalyCattedrale Di OtrantoOtranto, ItalyThe Otranto Cathedral has the relics of the 800 Martyrs of Otranto in glass cases behind the alter. They were beheaded in 1480 by the Ottoman Army...L'Incanto Bar Ristorante, Gagliano del Capo, ItalyL'Incanto Bar RistoranteGagliano del Capo, ItalyWe stumbled across this bar sitting on the side of a cliff in the town of Ciolo on our drive from Otranto to Leuca in Puglia. The view was...Otranto, ItalyOtrantoItalyWe stayed a few nights in Otranto which is on the Adriatic coast of Italy and is one of Puglia's nicest seaside resorts. Be sure to visit the...Masseria Salinola, Ostuni, ItalyMasseria SalinolaOstuni, ItalyThis is the terrace that over looks the pool and the vegetable garden at Masseria Salinola, a family run working farm. Our 4 night stay at this...Grotta Palazzese, Polignano, ItalyGrotta PalazzesePolignano, ItalyPolignano al Mare is the town of the sea caves. A very beautiful old town perched on a cliff above the Adriatic Sea in Puglia. Be sure to visit the...Ristorante Pizzeria Il Pinnacolo, Alberobello, ItalyRistorante Pizzeria Il PinnacoloAlberobello, ItalyThis restaurant has a deck out the back with great views over the roof tops of the Trulli town. We started with a tasting plate of local cheese and...Alberobello, ItalyAlberobelloItalyWe spent a day walking through this fairy tale town made up of 1,500 Trulli. Trulli are dry stone dwellings with a conical shaped roof made without...Ostuni, ItalyOstuniItalyOstuni, the 'white city' is perched on top of a hill in Puglia about 6kms from the sea. It is a fabulous location to do some day trips to other...Parco della Murgia Materana, Matera, ItalyParco della Murgia MateranaMatera, ItalyWe spent hours walking through this park and discovering caves that date back to the Paleolithic era. The Parco is on the opposite side of the...Santa Maria de Idris and San Giovanni in Monterrone, Matera, ItalySanta Maria de Idris and San Giovanni in MonterroneMatera, ItalyThis Rupestrian church is built into and on top of a rock in Piazza San Pietro. There are two churches inside dating back to the 11th Century with...Sassi di Matera, Matera, ItalySassi di MateraMatera, ItalyA view of Sassi Caveoso, Matera. Ancient stone cave dwellings that were occupied by families and their animals up until the 1950's. The government...Matera, ItalyMateraItalyMatera is in the region of Basilicata, Italy. It is one of the oldest towns in the world to be continually inhabited by humans. The cave dwellings...
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