Contrary to the thousands of tourists who invade the beautiful region of Puglia in summer, we paid it a visit in low season. If you’re not craving for very high temperatures but prefer milder temperatures then you shouldn’t hesitate to visit this region of Italy in low season.
Upon invitation of the owners of ‘Idrusa’, the Alessano local library and Andersen, Italy’s most prestigeous magazine of children’s litterature, we had the fortune to spend a mid-week visiting several beautiful communities in the heel of Italy, combining tourism and culture. ‘Salento family friendly’ is a cultural initiative inviting the community to participate to workshops and book presentations combined with visits of the beautiful region. We had the occasion to see Tricase, Alessano, Corsano, Cagliano del Capo, Ruffano and Lucugnano, to taste the most delicious dishes, pastries, ice creams, esspreso’s and capuccino’s and fill our lungs with the fresh air at the coast of Santa Maria di Leuca, the most Southers point of Italy’s heel.
Our Italian edition of “Show and tell me the world” with the longest title ever, being “Il più folle e divertente libro illustrato del mondo di Otto” won the Italian Andersen award 0-6 years this spring. Organised in Genua, the awards were picked up by library Idrusa in the far South of the country. In good company of a handful very interesting other authors with amongst others Marino Amodio and Vincenzo Del Vecchio, the authors of “Terraneo” (Gallucci) and winners of the Italian Andersen Award 2019 we had the occasion of having workshops at several primary schools and libraries and learn the very basics of ceramics with Giorgia Prontera.
Take a look at the pictures and you’ll see we had a lot of fun spending the past days in Puglia. If you have time to spend, want to avoid the crowds and take advantage of low season rates, then Puglia is definitively worth considering!