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Corso Sertorio, 06046 Norcia PG, Italy
This tiny restaurant is as authentic as it gets. There are a whopping four tables inside and you can see the kitchen happenings right from your seat. It’s also a no frills kind of place. You grab a placemat, a paper plate and some recyclable...
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06046 Norcia PG, Italy
Italy is a gastronomic paradise with regions dedicated to wine, cheese, truffles and hundreds of other regional products. But when my husband learned of a town dedicated to wild boar, there was no stopping him. We were on our way to Norcia, Umbria...
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Via Omero s.n.c, 73026 Roca Vecchia LE, Italy
The article in Conde Nast was the sole reason for our journey to Rocca Vecchia...and the site is as stunning as the picture suggests. You can choose to jump from high (and low) cliffs into the Adriatic Sea and swim through a grotto to the large...
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Via Vittorio Emanuele II, 31, 73100 Lecce LE, Italy
The "Florence of the South" is how Lecce is most commonly described. It is a charming and bustling city in the Puglia Region of Southern Italy.
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Piazza SS. Addolorata, 12, 73100 Lecce LE, Italy
My wife and I stayed two weeks in Lecce staying at La Piazzetta B&B. Was a great choice, lovely accommodation in very central location and the staff were really helpful and pleasant. The room was clean and well appointed, and the bed comfortable...
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Southern Europe
Fly into Bari or Lecce. Rent a car. Go explore.
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Strada Provinciale 362, km 32.9, 73040 Supersano LE, Italy
Masseria Le Stanzie in Supersano, Italy
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Via del Porto, 73028 Otranto LE, Italy
A lovely sea town worth visiting in the Puglia region.
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Piazza Basilica, 1, 73028 Otranto LE, Italy
A quiet Sunday morning before church lets out.
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Piazza del Duomo, 26, 05018 Orvieto TR, Italy
It was love at first sight. Everything about Orvieto is charming, with the exception of the Duomo (Cathedral) which more appropriately would be described as elegant and grand, especially the facade. Originally a thriving center of Etruscan...
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Via Ombrone, 1, 05018 Orvieto TR, Italy
Where's the beef? Who cares - when you come to Orvieto the thing to eat is "porchetta" and they do it in so many different ways that you'll just have to try them all. Either hit a restaurant or just go to one of the butcher shops and try a bit of...
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05018 Orvieto, Province of Terni, Italy
Beneath the modern city of Orvieto, Italy, lies a mystery. A series of grottoes and meandering paths that were carved out of living stone centuries ago by hands long-since dead can now be explored by tourists today. An hour-long guided tour of the...
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Southern Europe
Umbria's main cheeses are: Pecorino (young), pecorino (aged a bit), and pecorino (well aged). It can grow a tad tiresome. So I was thrilled to discover this goat cheese farm outside of Orvieto. In our visit, my children helped herd the goats,...
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Strada della Direttissima c/o Parcheggio della Funicolare, 05019 Orvieto TR, Italy

I just thought Orvieto was such a quaint little town! Fantastic views of the countryside and a little less touristy than the big cities.

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05018 Orvieto, Province of Terni, Italy
Orvieto is one of the most interesting villages of central Italy and one of the principal sights of the region of Umbria. From the first moment it comes into view, it shows all its magnificent beauty. The city sits high on a tuffaceous cliff on a...
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05018 Orvieto, Province of Terni, Italy
It's a little over the top, I'll admit. A real "wedding cake" of a cathedral, the Duomo's facade is resplendent with Italian Gothic architectural elements that some might find just a little too rich. But that's perhaps the source of its charm. The...
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Via Sette Martiri, 7, 05018 Orvieto Scalo TR, Italy
Just go.
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Corso Cavour, n° 87, 05018 Orvieto TR, Italy
Make Torre del Moro your first stop in Orvieto! Climb the Torre del Moro in the center of the medieval city for a great view of Orvieto! You'll look down on rooftops to see the layout of the city, gain a new perspective on the size of Orvieto's...
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Via del Duomo, 05018 Orvieto TR, Italy
Orvieto, a gorgeous medieval town, was a treat to visit on the tail end of the tourist season. This, the Cathedral or "Duomo" is the city's star attraction. Intricately, ornately, devotedly decorated, this building sparkled in the crisp autumn...
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Località Fossatello, 50, 05018 Orvieto TR, Italy
It was a rainy, chilly Umbrian day in May last year. Somehow, right before our wine tasting, the sun broke and the clouds cleared-- making it the perfect atmosphere to walk through the vineyards.
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06059 Todi, Province of Perugia, Italy
When driving through the hilly villages of Umbria (Tuscany's southern, more laid back neighbor), it's easy to stumble upon food trucks-- many of which are stocked with day-of roasted Italian pig. On a recent trip to Orvieto, Todi was a particular...
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Rome, Metropolitan City of Rome, Italy
There are so many major sights to see in Rome that it is easy to get caught up in hurrying from tourist option A to Z! We hurried along with the best of them, but the favorite part of our time in the city was walking the neighborhoods in the...
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Via Gaetano Tanzarella Vitale 47, 72017 Ostuni BR, Italy
Tucked away in the narrow streets and alleys of Ostuni is this incredible culinary gem. My favorite dining experience in my favorite City in Puglia! Highlights include orchiette with clams and zucchini flowers and fennel cavatelli with...
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72017 Ostuni, BR, Italy

November begins the olive harvest season in southern Italy.  I traveled to a village near Ostuni, Apulia where I volunteered on an organic olive farm.  I arranged my gig through WWOOF—Willing Workers on Organic Farms.  Olives...

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SP29 Km 1,5, Contrada Salinola, 72017 Ostuni BR, Italy
Agriturismo Salinola is Masseria Apulia Ostuni a very privileged "tenuta" in the green, situated on the hillside of the town of Ostuni, about 2 Km from Ostuni and 7 km from the sea. The kept in the heart of Salento in Puglia, between the Adriatic...
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Contrada Salinola Strada provinciale 29 per San Michele Salentino - km 1,5, 72017 Ostuni BR, Italy
To spend time in this Masseria is to feel like family. The owners are gracious and you can taste the love in the "farm to table" breakfast served each morning. The rooms are all different and each beautiful and unique. Whether you are traveling...
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72016 Montalbano BR, Italy
We weren't ready for lunch yet and saw a ruin icon on the map near Ostuni, Italy, so we headed north and found a tomb that dates back to the Neolithic period, around 7000 years ago. The Dolmen di Montalbano is a small stone structure, clearly made...
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70022 Altamura, Metropolitan City of Bari, Italy
These Messors Art Restoration Workshops include practical 'hands on' experiences in the process of conservation and restoration of Frescoes, Canvas, Wood, Stone and Decorative paintings and plaster in the rich cultural setting of Puglia region. By...
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70022 Altamura, Metropolitan City of Bari, Italy
The ancient city of Altamura (in Southern Italy) is perhaps most famous for its bread. But it's cobblestone streets that lead to time-halted cloisters, and their fierce grasp on old-world traditions could be the greatest asset. Altamura's position...
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Bari, Metropolitan City of Bari, Italy
The Mediterranean port side city, and capital of Puglia, is Bari. It is a place of diverse 'Adriatic' influence. Roman, Greek, and Ottoman influences are obvious at every turn. It is a fort city, built strongly on the sea. There are cathedrals...
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70011 Alberobello BA, Italy
Lured by the promise of an off-the-beaten-path UNESCO World Heritage site, I ventured to southern Italy to see the magical trulli houses in Alberobello. And I was enchanted. Back in the 1600s, these limestone houses were built without mortar so...
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Apulia, Italy
Staying a Villa Cappelli (www.VCVilla.com) was truly amazing. Unlike touristy places in Italy, you are totally immersed in the culture and the food. The area seems almost untouched the blight of man. The people couldn’t be nicer, the food amazing...
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Bari, Metropolitan City of Bari, Italy
No idea how this simple dish was so unbelievably delicious. It was either the quality of the bread, or the quality of the eggs. Likely both. This baked 'egg-in-a-bread-bowl' dish was accompanied by a cold Peroni, and made for quite possibly the...
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70022 Altamura, Metropolitan City of Bari, Italy
Puglia maintains a strong grasp on the simple life. It's here that you can still find old-world shepherds, cheese makers, butchers and hand-picked olive farmers. This personal touch is why the food in this area is of the highest standard in all of...
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Via Pier l'Eremita, 25/b, 70122 Bari BA, Italy
Originally built in the 12th Century during the Norman Conquests, Castello Normanno-Svevo in Bari, Italy is one of those spots with layers and layers of history. When I entered the courtyard, I felt my heart lift, as the palm trees against the...
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75100 Matera, Province of Matera, Italy
Walking through Matera, one feels as if they are a living part of history. It is impossible to feel 'outside the moment' in this city. The underground caves and ancient byzantine frescoes are complimented by traditional trattorias, cafes, and...
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67038 Scanno, Province of L'Aquila, Italy
Scanno is one of the most magical villages of my travels. Perched high in the mountains of Abruzzo, the streets quietly hum with the daily life of the local people and there are surprises around each corner. We found a gorgeous b&b (La Dimora di...
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Piazza Castello, 86039 Termoli CB, Italy
In Termoli, Italy, a small beach town on the Adriatic, there are no shortage of pizzerias. So when we took a detour on the menu and ordered gnocchi, we were shocked to see what we got. A massive, bubbling, steaming vat of red sauce and homemade...
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Via Cristoforo Colombo, 39/e, 86039 Termoli CB, Italy
Termoli on the Adriatic is the kind of place where you can spend a week, and potentially not hear English the entire time. This small beach town is a destination for Italians who lounge under colorful umbrellas along the sand, in the shadow of a...
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86020 Molise CB, Italy
The southern region of Italy is known for their traditional cheeses from scamorza to burrata (made from cows milk). It's an incredible process, and a real art which transforms cow milk, into curd, which is then dipped in hot water to soften, then...
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86095 Frosolone IS, Italy
Seeing the towns where my great grandfather and great grandmother were born and raised; meeting Italian relatives for the first time and already being treated as close family; using gestures to communicate better in dialetto. (July 2006)
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64018 Tortoreto Lido TE, Italy
At midnight i run out for several times ,i'm focus on my speed ,ny blood pression ,how many miles i'm doing ?.Suddenly i stop everything ,i watch my feet and i saw a beautiful light ,i keep my head up and i saw this beautiful moon .