Taranto-Apulia-South italy


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sia in versione italiana che in inglese italy

unionjack  ‘City of the two seas’ so Taranto is called (check on a map why) with an old ancient greek historical center, which is accessed through a swing bridge.
2013-02-27 13.14.47Taranto is a pearl of beauty hidden from the ashes of a dangerous monster called ilva, biggest steel manufacture in europe (ex Italsider), which under the false promise of jobs has destroyed everything beautiful this area has to offer: a sea and a fantastic land, rich of their delights (grapes, fruit, vegetables, olives, dairy products, fish and shellfish), a mild climate with warm sunshine almost all year round, art, history and culture, with a side of genuine and friendly people.
With these features, any traveler should know this region and fall in love. A region that can offer a crystal clear sea, good food, wine, sincere, and warm sun, archaeological sites and historic interest, interesting inlands and towns to visit, local festivals and folk events.

italy Città dei due mari con un vecchio centro storico di origine greca a cui si accede attraversando un ponte girevole.
2012-07-24 12.20.41Taranto è una perla di bellezza sommersa dalle ceneri nocive di un mostro siderurgico chiamato ilva (ex italsider), che sul falso ricatto del lavoro ha distrutto quanto di bello questa zona ha è può offrire: un mare ed una terra fantastici, ricchi delle loro delizie (uva e frutta, verdure, olive, latticini, pesci e mitili), un clima invidiabile con un caldo sole quasi tutto l’anno, arte, storia e cultura, con un contorno di gente genuina e cordiale.
Con queste caratteristiche qualsiasi viaggiatore dovrebbe conoscere questa regione ed innamorarsene. Una regione che può offrire un mare cristallino, ottima cucina, vino sincero, sole e caldo, siti archeologici e di alto interesse storico, paesi interessanti da visitare, sagre locali e folkloristiche.

unionjack Act like a ‘local’
2013-02-25 11.28.09Meet people in the street, talk to them for a long time, drink a coffee, all without rushing. The days are long and the pleasure of meeting someone is something to be exploited to the fullest.
Hate Bari! The capital of the region has never helped, nor did something for Taranto, therefore…
The schedules for the day are different than in the central and northern Italy. The shops are often closed from 13 to 16 remaining open until late evening and this also affects the social life. Lunch is at around 14, then in the evening you can stroll in the center until 20 and then have dinner. In the summer, is moved even further.
Buy local, forget the horrendous shopping malls. In south italy each neighborhood has small shops where you can find everything, without being confined for hours in huge monsters of cement.
Support the freedom of citizens in their battle against the biggest steel plant in Europe, ilva, that assumes and provides only few employment  but with its pollution has increased deaths from cancer. Hoping that the great monster is closed and reclaimed, and that those responsible for these crimes pay with jail, budgeterutrip.com expresses its solidarity with the movement in support of health and town preservation and revival of the territory of Taranto.
Become a supporter of the football team of the city, is not famous or important, but for many ‘Taranto’ is a faith.

italy Comportati da ‘locale’

2013-02-27 14.52.54Sostieni la cittadinanza libera nella sua battaglia contro l’impianto siderurgico più grosso d’europa, l’ilva, che non solo non assume ed offre lavoro da diversi anni ma con il suo inquinamento ha moltiplicato le morti causate da tumori. Nella speranza che il grande mostro venga chiuso e bonificato e che i responsabili di questi crimini paghino con la galera, budgeterutrip.com solidarizza con i movimenti a sostegno della salute cittadina e di salvaguardia e rinascita del territorio tarantino.

Comportati come la gente del posto, incontrati in strada, intrattieniti a parlare per lungo tempo, bevi un caffè, il tutto senza fretta. Le giornate sono lunghe ed il piacere di incontrare qualcuno è qualcosa da sfruttare al meglio.

Odia bari! Il capoluogo di regione non ha mai dato una mano, né fatto qualcosa per questa terra, anzi…

2013-02-27 14.51.36Gli orari che scandiscono la giornata sono diversi rispetto al centro nord italia. I negozi sono spesso chiusi dalle 13 alle 16 rimanendo aperti fino a sera inoltrata e questo influenza anche la vita sociale. Si pranza verso le 14, si passeggia in centro fino alle 20 e poi si cena. D’estate gli orari sono spostati ancora più avanti.

Compra locale, dimentica gli orrendi centri commerciali. Ogni quartiere ha piccoli negozietti dove si può trovare di tutto, senza bisogno di rinchiudersi per ore in enormi mostri di cemento.

Diventa un simpatizzante della squadra di calcio della città, non è famosa né importante, ma per molti tarantini è una fede.

unionjack Budget euro…tips

faveTaste one of the many culinary specialties, pasta and bread at the base of everything, fish as well as good meat. For vegetarians this area is a paradise, excellent vegetables (try the mashed beans), vegetables, dairy products, topped by the best Italian extra virgin olive oil, not to mention the excellent almonds and much, much more.
Enjoy fast and cheap snacks, baked goods such as panzerotti, puccie, focaccia with olives and tomato, but also sandwiches prepared with fresh ingredients available at any grocery shop.
Drink local, try wine from Puglia, born from the richest Italian grapes (which are the base of any other famous italian wine …), ‘negramaro’ and ‘primitivo’ of all. Locals are proud of the beer in the city, raffo, even if the production is now in the hands of a corporation.
Visit the many countries in the region:
2012-09-14 11.57.44-Grottaglie, pleasant town with an interesting area of ​​ceramics, a well-preserved castle and an ancient historical center made of a dense network of narrow streets, whitewashed houses and ancient churches.

Nearby you can visit: gravine, rocky area where they had originally established the first populations; Fantiano’s quarry, an area used for extraction of local stone, tufo, converted to park, which is home to a music festival with a unique atmosphere.

Grottaglie also offers excellent murals by international artists, who gather each year (in September) to decorate facades and walls of the old town.

-Cisternino, similar to Grottaglie, comes alive in the spring and summer months, when the narrow streets of the old town are full of people walking and outputs for eating in typical restaurants of the country, many butchers in the evening, prepare the meat and serve the customers that can be enjoyed on the spot.

alberobello-Alberobello: Alberobello is known as the Capital of the Trulli. The trullo is a fascinating architectural feature of this area of Puglia, a building with conical roof made without mortar. Alberobello has special status internationally – designated a UNESCO world heritage site – because its collection of some 1,500 trulli in an urban environment is unique. Some of the trulli are now used for stores, restaurants, and lodging. But many are still inhabited by locals, who are very friendly to visitors. As a world heritage site, Alberobello is a tourist attraction, but as it is less accessible from the tourist-heavy west coast, it is not overrun by tourists, and most tourists of Alberobello are Italians.

ostuni -Ostuni, The geography of Ostuni is stunning. The landscape has a unique pallet: from the red earth grow silvery olive trees crowned with green, while the while city stretches before you under an azure sky. The ancient heart of Ostuni is a maze of corridors and stairs, twisting up to a pinnicle with views for miles and miles.

martina-Martina Franca and Locorotondo, nice towns in Valle d’Itria, full of interesting architectures and historical buildings

-Lecce: Lecce has been dubbed the Florence of the South. Whereas many people (not understandably) skip it in favour of the nearby beach towns of the Salento peninsula, this city, distinguished by its elaborate style of baroque buildings, has at least a couple of days of attractions worth seeing

-Otranto: a wonderful seaside town nearby Lecce, with a pleasent old centre, in old greek style, white houses and narrow streets, crowded of people during spring and summer. A must to see in Apulia

italy Budget euro…tips

apuliafoodAssaggia una delle tante specialità culinarie, pasta e pane alla base di tutto, pesce ma anche buona carne. Per i vegetariani questa zona è un paradiso, ottimi legumi (da provare la purea di fave), ortaggi, latticini, conditi dal migliore olio extravergine d’oliva italiano, senza dimenticare le ottime mandorle e tanto, tanto altro.

Goditi spuntini veloci ed economici, prodotti da forno come panzerotti, puccie, focaccie alle ulive ed al pomodoro, ma anche panini preparati al momento e con ingredienti freschi disponibili in ogni rivendita alimentare.

Bevi locale, assolutamente da provare il vino pugliese, nato dalle uve più ricche italiane (che fanno da base ad ogni altro vino nazionale…), negramaro e primitivo su tutti. I tarantini sono orgogliosi della birra della città, la raffo, anche se ormai la produzione è in mano ad una multinazionale.

Visita i tanti paesi della zona:

2013-02-24 12.21.48-Grottaglie, gradevole paese con un interessante quartiere della ceramica, un castello ben conservato ed un antico centro storico fatto di una fitta rete di strette vie, case bianche e chiese secolari. Nelle vicinanze si possono visitare: gravine, zona rocciose dove originariamente si erano stabilite le prime popolazioni; cave di fantiano, un area adibita ad estrazione di pietra locale, il tufo, riconvertita a parco, che ospita un festival musicale dall’atmosfera unica.

Grottaglie offre anche ottimi murales di artisti internazionali, che si ritrovano ogni anno (a settembre) per decorare facciate di palazzi e muri del centro storico.

ulivo-Cisternino, simile a Grottaglie, si anima soprattutto nei mesi estivi e primaverili, quando le strette vie del centro storico si riempiono di persone a passeggio ed uscite per mangiare nei caratteristici ristorantini del paese, molte macellerie, in serata, preparano la carne e la servono alla clientela che può gustarla direttamente sul posto.

-Alberobello, Ostuni, Martina Franca, Locorotondo, Lecce, Otranto, Gallipoli…

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4 responses

  1. I’ll be in Puglia next week staying in Polignano a Mare – if we went on just one deaytrip, should it be Lecce or Alberobello?

    I’ve finally got round to having a go at the Very Inspiring Blogger award: http://wp.me/p2dhYt-zA

    Thanks again for the nomination!

    1. Hi mate! you should go to both alberobello and lecce, they deserve a trip.
      Actually you can spend 2-3 hrs at alberobello, on the way visit locorotondo, ostuni and martina franca, just 20 km far each others.
      In one day you can manage to visit all of them.
      Do NOT eat at polignano al mare and alberobello!!!! go to cisternino.
      You might also visit Grottaglie, where I used to live, is the city of ceramic.
      If you go to Lecce, try to visit Otranto too.
      I would spend one day at polignano, travelling all around the region and the places I mentioned. There is also Fasano wild zoo and Grotte di Castellana to visit.
      Avoid touristic place to eat, go to inlands and you will love it!

      Let me know for any further tips

      1. Cheers for that! I hope to do plenty of relaxing on the beach, but will try to fit trips in (we’re not hiring a car so would rely on trains/buses). Lecce definitely sounds like my kind of town and you can get a direct train there. Which sandy beach near Polignano would you recommend?

      2. not sure if adriatic sea and beach are that nice. Surely in the evening the best option is to discover the towns I mentioned😉

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