Southern Italy travel guide: From Puglia to Sicily

Southern Italy travel guide: From Puglia to Sicily

La dolce vita is alive and well in Italy’s most magical regions, Puglia and Sicily.

By Bella Brennan

Travelling to Southern Italy this September, I only had two simple wishes.

The first was to win over an Italian. We didn’t have to become besties or anything like that. I just wanted to get to know a real-deal local and pick their brain for locals’-only tips.

The second wish was to stumble across a restaurant so authentic and off the beaten track that the menu was only in Italian, no English translation version available.

Who knew that Puglia and Sicily would deliver these dreams so many times over…

Putting on the Puglian charm

Our first stop on the trip was the enchanting sanctuary Masseria Potenti in Puglia.
The family-run villa is bursting with love, character, colour and hand-picked flowers. It’s also the stunning location where The Bachelor‘s Tim Robards married Anna Heinrich in June this year!

As soon as we arrived, we were given a warm welcome by the villa’s owner Maria Grazia and served an amazing homemade lunch of fresh tomato relish and burrata on crutons, penne pasta and a zingy salad fresh from their garden.

My dream of a non-English menu came true when we drove into the nearby town Avetrana and had a delightful dinner at Osteria Sud e Terre Lontane with the local punters in a fairy-lit alleyway.

I played menu roulette and ended up getting a beautifully fresh seafood marinara pasta and an ultra-creamy cheesecake for dessert.

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