If you think you know a place, try looking at it through the eyes of another. You will find their awe intact. This is what happened to us, a photographer, Stephanie Gengotti and journalist, Giada Valdannini, travelling with UNCOVR Travel between Puglia and Basilicata.
Tourism has proven a driving resource in the development of Southern Italy, with major investments in the roads and infrastructure being made. But how do you avoid the fast, easy mass tourism, which is notsustainable in the long run and neither respects the local economy nor the heritage?
Masseria Moroseta’s rooms are very coveted. But even at a glance, it’s easy to understand why the B&B attracts such an inspired clientele, counting numerous creatives from the design industry as guests.
Formerly a fisherman’s hatchery of the 19th century, La Peschiera today is a luxury hotel with 13 rooms that bring the mind, body and soul into harmony with the great expanse of the Adriatic sea they face. Each room has a private terrace and direct access to the natural seawater pool for an intimate and peaceful atmosphere
Perpetually illuminated by warm, golden-hour light, Masseria Salamina is a 17th-century country estate in Fasano that has been converted into a rustic hotel and restaurant. Family-run for over 30 years, Masseria Salamina’s high standards of hospitality contribute to an elevated experience for those seeking to immerse themselves in the decelerated delights of agricultural tourism.
About fifteen kilometers in-land, Crispiano is a small town that expresses another side of Puglia. Worth a visit for the distinct countryside estate and vineyard Masseria Amastuola alone, the region is deeply tied to rural life and the cultivation of wine and produce
Originally from the Veneto region, Gian Paolo Buziol fell for Matera in the early 2010s. Today he has successfully married his passion for wine with his entrepreneurial sense and nurtured a labour of love: the Enoteca dai Tosi, an upscale wine bar set in a historic cave.
Puglia is certainly known for its unique geological landscape, but the town of Grottaglie in Taranto is particularly renowned for its ceramic production. We spoke with mother Enza Fasano and daughter Giovanna Alò, fourth and fifth generation ceramists respectively, about the artisanal traditions of their hometown.
Matera is the third most ancient city in the world, but until recently, it was a city that was “forgotten”. However, in the last twenty-five years or so, Matera has been experiencing something of a resurgence.
With his partner Ada Calabrese, Guido Alessandro Coffa turned Monaci delle Terre Nere, a former monastery, into a country hotel with a restaurant and a cocktail bar serving sustainable recipes straight from the garden.
It is too perfect. The stylish boot of the Italian peninsula, thigh-high, slightly scrunched about the shaft, very high-heeled and rather almond-toed, kicks a triangular-shaped rock into the Mediterranean Basin.
Originally from Noto but born and raised in Turin, Cristina Summa of Seven Rooms Villadorata feels privileged to live in Noto. “I haven’t gotten used yet to the beauty that surrounds me,” she tells us of her city, even though she has been a resident for the last ten years.
Wine and art: a perfect duo when well-paired, yet too often poorly relegated to those who know nothing about one or the other. This is different at the Commanderie de Peyrassol, where a visit to the estate is as enjoyable as it is enlightening.
Torre de Palma Wine Hotel was opened in 2014 by a couple of pharmacists who saw the potential of turning the property into an elegant resort. With agricultural activity focused on wine and olive oil...