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Our trip to Puglia was a dream come true! We've been planning it since last year and although the circumstances changed and my mama could no longer be part of it (due to Covid), we were overexcited to be able to travel after all!
Initial two weeks in Puglia were reduced to 7 days and we decided to skip many things only to really enjoy those few places on our agenda to the fullest. 

September in Puglia is heavenly warm! We landed in Bari airport and rented a car for the week. The waiting line was quite long and apparently it's a common thing, so keep in mind that you might have to wait an hour or so at the airport to get your car.  

We drove 40 minutes to our first stop, Monopoli

Simply said, we were in love the moment we walked down the narrow streets, on the way to get our first gelato and an espresso! Our Airbnb had the ideal position, literally two minutes walk from the center, the lovely owners welcomed us and we exchange a few words and tips where to eat and what not to miss! What a wonderful beginning to this unforgettable trip. 

We stayed two nights in Monopoli and I wouldn't mind spending a day or two extra if we had the time. The city is located on the seaside, there's the town beach Cala Porta Vecchia (which we absolutely loved and would recommend visiting in the early hours, maybe with a cup of coffee as we did one morning and an early swim), however along the coast you'll find so many other beaches! Only few minutes drive, the choice is huge. We stumbled upon the Cala Copacabana and spend the afternoon there, bliss!

From our time in Monopoli I would highly recommend dinner at Pizzeria da Zi Ottavio for an amazing pizza and a glass of house wine! Osteria Perricci for the traditional Orecchiette pasta from Puglia. Café Roma for the best ice cream and coffee situated around a little playground and carousel which we past every time walking back to our airbnb (great little place to enjoy your gelato while watching your children play). Go for a drink to one of the bars alongside the Via Santa Maria street overlooking the sea. We were also recommended dinner at Trattoria da Pierino L'Inglese but they were closed when we wanted to go so unfortunately we didn't try their seafood dishes.

We did a little half day trip to Polignano a Mare but more about that in my next blog! xxx
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