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Puglia is Italy’s new hot spot


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The scenic Salento is home to some of Italy’s best beaches including Porto Cesoreo’s Punta Prosciutto and Pescoluse, a 5km long sandy beach along the Ionian coast commonly referred to as the Maldives of Italy.

Don’t leave Puglia without a visit to the ancient southern Italian cave city of Matera, located on the border of Basilicata and Puglia, which was named the 2019 European Capital of Culture.

One a source of shame for the nation due to the poverty and squalid living conditions, Matera, one of the oldest continually inhabited settlements in the world, is composed of a network of caves, many of which are now sought-after boutique hotels.


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Aside from being home of the mozzarella-like Burrata cheese, the locals are proud of their cucina povera – or the food of the poor – a celebrated style of cooking that involves relying on fresh, local produce. 

Given Puglia has been traditionally an agricultural region, there’s an abundance of fresh produce and its long coastline and fishing tradition means seafood features heavily on the menus in seaside restaurants.

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