History would tell that Apulia has always been a land of conquest and entry since ancient times and has testimony to that throughout the different eras and regions: the prehistoric dolmen, the Greek and Roman remains, medieval castles and baroque churches as well as the trulli dwellings and the masseria farmsteads. The nature in Apulia is also filled with surprises, with the National Parks in Gargano and the Murge area, the Umbra Forest, the jagged coast in Gargano and Salento, the Grottoes in Castellana, and the olive orchards.
The area around Bari is no less worthy of mention: where we suggest a visit to the imposing Basilica of St. Nicholas and the castle of Frederick II. Do not forget to save time for the so-called land of the trulli. Heading further south into Salento, the Baroque quarter in Lecce and the Cathedral in Otranto certainly merit something more than a quick stop. We suggest that you let yourself be enchanted by the coast that is without equal, discover the rocky coasts and grottoes and an enviable view of the sea.
A trip to Apulia is also an occasion to taste the flavours of traditional cuisine, beginning with the excellent products such as Altamura bread, Aleatico wine and 5 different kinds of DOP olive oil.
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Masseria Limbitello is a real farm in the countryside, and 3 km from the sandy beach of Torre dell'Orso.
16 km away from Lecce and 12 km from Otranto offers hospitality in comfortable rooms facing the garden or the ancient watchtower. The restaurant allows you to enjoy organic produce and fruit grown on the structure and administered in recipes of typical local tradition skilfully revisited with a fully equipped kitchen for celiacs, vegans and vegetarians. Simplicity, silence of nature and respect for traditional architecture and rurality for an authentic experience. Close to the pristine sandy beaches of Salento Masseria Limbitello offers the possibility to live an authentic experience in contact with nature and sea. Surrounded by 30 hectares of cultivated land, the farm is surrounded by greenery of nature where the silence of the countryside is interrupted only by the song of cicadas, the noise of the wind and the sun caresses. The ancient tower bears witness with his imposing presence veritable stone pages where the sweat of skilled workers meets pure essence of taste and functionality. All rooms are located on the ground floor open into some of the ancient gardens, while some overlook the courtyard, a meeting place where past and present you can exchange a smile or an opinion. The restaurant serves traditional dishes duly revisited in a perfect blend of old and new with garden produce and organic fruit. In the farm they are also oil products, organic honey and jams.
The farm holidays La Valletta is situated at the foot of Ischitella town, in one of the most beautiful and panoramic valleys of the whole Gargano promontory.
It has 33 beds in comfortable double rooms with private bath, meeting rooms, a restaurant, a "pizzeria", a bar, a swimming pool, a tennis court and a midget football field, and a big equipped park.
Franco, the owner and also an expert gourmet, creates sophisticated menus with ultra fresh fish. The dishes are accompanied by strictly biological vegetables harvested in the farm’s vegetable garden, traditional local cheeses, cold meats and sausages and a choice of the most sought after Puglia wines.
At the end of the meal you may taste in addition to the by now famous "limoncello" (alcoholic lemon beverage) a rare Puglia grappa produced with local grapes.
The farmhouse Lamacavallo is in Ostuni, Brindisi, just over two miles from the sea, in an island of peace only at a short distance from the well known tourist attractions of Puglia: Ostuni, Martina Franca, Alberobello and its "trulli", Castellana, Castel del Monte, Lecce, Otranto.