Grottaglie is the capital of ceramic in South italy.
The town can be reached via air through 2 airports, Bari and Brindisi, both within less than 100 km.
It’s a beautiful, though not touristic, town in Apulia, a region that has been re-named by british as salentoshire and trullishire, due to the raising number of english travellers in love with this region.
And I can’t agree more!
There are so many reasons to visit this land, I’ll try to list few:
Expect a warm sun, almost the whole year, during summer time, expect a really warm weather! 🙂
Ionian sea is only 20 km far, it’s the most beautiful sea in continental italy. Adriatic sea is only 60 km far. Ideal for an affordable coast-to-coast. In land is very green and refreshing, with pine forests, fertile soil to grow olives, tomatoes, almonds and every good product.
Another interesting caratheristic are the ‘gravine’ kind of caves in natural canyons, where the ancient population lived many centuries ago
You might not be aware of the fact that an high % of the wine produced in italy has a base made with grapes from this land. The wine ‘Primitivo di Manduria’ (a town far only few km from Grottaglie) is a must to try.
As mentioned in the landscape, here you can try wonderful BIO products from agriculture. Tomatoes, almonds, grapes, olives, all sort of salads, watermelon and so on…
My recommendation is to enjoy a great dinner at ‘Casa Lacorte‘, in the historical part of the town. This newly open restaurant has an amazing terrace and also the internal part is very nice. A must to try is the fave’s cream (see picture)!
Grottaglie has one of the biggest historical centre in the whole region.
Few years ago a talented and smart young local decided to invite the most famous street artists from Europe, to redecorate streets and buildings.
Unfortunately the festival (FAME) had been active only for few years, however the pieces of ART are still visible all around the town.
Take a stroll and admire all of them, there are many huge graffiti taking the whole building, as well as smaller ones.
Art lovers will find Grottaglie a paradise also for its ceramics.
The city is considered the ‘capital’ of this ancient art.
There is a nice neighborhood/district all dedicated to small stands and shops, where you can fine real pieces of handcraft art.
Everywhere entrance is free, feel free to ask about the products (however english is not widely spoken, you know italians :)…), take pictures and admire the steps of the long process and creation of a ceramic pitchers, jars, urns…
Grottaglie has an old castle, entrance is free together with its museum of ceramics.
Despite the evident language barriers, do not hesitate to ask for any information.
Locals are incredibly nice and kind and will do their best to help out.
The atmosphere in town is really easy-going, we are in deep South italy, stress is something far from the daily life.
Expect shops to be closed after lunch, until 16 or even 17, because ‘siesta’ is not only a spanish habbit!
Best meeting point for a nice chat with locals is Bar delle Torri. The owners, Ciro and Saverio have created a very pleasant place where to have a drink and in general, good time.
Well…this is something that you should try!
Here is the best place at very good price.
I’ve been travelling and living in Spain for 10 days now and I’m looking forward to telling you some of the stories I’ve had so far, starting with the unique and huge celebration of easter in Sevilla (semana santa – holy week).
Before it, let me give some space to my idea, to increase visibility in this large community of bloggers.
I’ve made 3 t-shirts with my webpage address and 3 slogans that fully represent me:
-Hitch hike (with the notorious symbol of fb)
-Ready to hit the road (modifying one of my favorite piece of street-art)
-Backpackers tryathlon (a camera for the sightseeing; a beer for the leisure, a bunk bed for our deserved rest in the hostel)
Which one do you like the most?
Of course if you will happen to meet a guy with one of those t-shirts, it will be most certainly me, so don’t hesitate to stop me for a chat (and a beer!) together 🙂
‘Camden’ was and still is very popoular among youngsters, students and alternative people.
The markets sell tons of t-shirts and clothes of any kind. It is also a night-life busy spot.
Is possible to have a reasonable cheap lunch in one of the many international cuisine stands.
As my tour was going to end in the night I had to buy a national express bus ticket @ Victoria station
Last stop was at Earl’s Court, where, in 1997, I spent a wonderful vacation with two good friends.
You can compare the pictures… 🙂