Situated at the tip of Italy’s heel, Puglia remains a relatively undiscovered landscape abundant in natural unspoiled beauty. Not traditionally a tourist destination, the sunny southern region offers a feast for the eyes with its pristine beaches, ancient olive groves, historic masserie (farmhouses), medieval towns, and Roman ruins. Unique and bountiful to the region are the iconic truilli, limestone dwellings constructed with a cylindrical base and conical tiled roof.
It’s no surprise that the Pugliese culture is dominated by its local epicurean traditions. A foodie’s paradise, Puglia’s fresh simple cuisine is drawn from its regional agriculture and miles of coastline. Bordering the Adriatic and Ionian Seas, Puglia’s proximity to fresh fish allows for true “sea-to-table” dining. ‘Crudo,’ literally translating to ‘raw,’ is a classic preparation of local seafood simply served with sea salt, lemon juice, and olive oil. With a landscape defined by olive trees (approximately 60 million in total) Puglia produces 40% of the nation’s olive oil. Its fertile land and predictable climate also allow the region to be an ideal environment for producing rich red wines.
Between the towns of Bari and Brindisi is the tiny fishing village of Savelletri di Fasano, home to the meticulously designed and family owned Borgo Egnazia. The newest addition to San Domenico Hotels, Borgo Egnazia provides its guests with a stylish and contemporary resort while maintaining the aesthetic of traditional Pugliese architecture. Strategically built to resemble an authentic Puglian Village, the five-star castle-like resort consists of the boutique hotel, private pool villas, an award-winning spa, two beach clubs, and a championship golf course. Surrounded by bougainvillea-covered white stone walls, Borgo Egnazia seamlessly blends modern elegance and classic charm. With no shortage of activities (biking, cooking classes, winetasting, etc.), Borgo Egnazia has the ability to cater to families as well as couples seeking authenticity and value in a coastal setting.
Masseria San Domenico
Also owned by the Melpignano family is neighboring sister property Masseria San Domenico. Once the family’s summer home, the carefully-restored masseria has preserved its original 15th century architecture, while offering all of the modern amenities of a luxury resort. Situated just 500 meters from the sea, Masseria San Domenico boasts a gourmet restaurant, lavish swimming pool, private beach club, and thalassotherapy spa, creating the ultimate getaway for intimacy and relaxation.
Proud of their local traditions, Puglians recognize the treasures that their home has to offer and welcome tourism with genuine warmth and hospitality. The remote destination will continue to attract discerning travelers who will most certainly have a great appreciation for its rustic charm.