An Armchair Traveller's History of Apulia is the story of the heel of Italy - Puglia - as told by past and present day travellers. It has beautiful landscapes, cave towns and frescoed grotto churches, wonderful old cities with Romanesque cathedrals, Gothic castles and a wealth of Baroque architecture. And yet, while far from inaccessible, until quite recently it was seldom visited by tourists. This portrait of Apulia concentrates on the Apulian people down the ages. Conquerors, whether Messapians, Greeks, Romans, Arabs, Lombards, Byzantines, Normans, Angevins, Germans or Spaniards, have all left their mark on the region in a cultural palimpsest that at first sight bewilders, but which hugely repays investigation. Arranged in short chapters, the narrative travels from north to south, making it an ideal companion for exploring Apulia by car. The Gazetteer, which is cross-referenced to the main text, highlights cities, churches, cathedrals, castles and sites of historical importance to the visitor. For travellers on the ground or students at their desks, this elegant, cloth-bound book will prove invaluable.
Author: Desmond Seward, Susan Mountgarret
Publisher: Haus Publishing
Apulia (or Puglia) is the heel of Italy, stretching down from the spur of the Italian boot. Its landscape is often very beautiful and it has wonderful old cities with Romanesque cathedrals, Gothic castles and a great wealth of Baroque architecture, together with 'rupestrian' churches that contain Byzantine frescoes. But, although far from inaccessible, until quite recently it was seldom visited by Anglo Saxons. Today, however, Apulia is becoming fashionable, 'an alternative to Tuscany'. It is featured on radio and television; travel supplements describe its beaches and its cooking, supermarkets stock Apulian wine, oil, bread and pasta. Yet almost nothing about the region has been published in English since the days of Norman Douglas and the Sitwells. One can find 'holiday histories' of Tuscany, but there is no popular introduction to Apulian history, not even in Italian. Our book, which grew out of what was originally intended as a travel book, has been written to fill the gap by providing a simple, readable account.
Venturing in Italy
Author: Barbara J. Euser, Connie Burke
Publisher: Travelers' Tales Incorporated
Italy is the top tourist destination in Europe. But while the pleasures of Tuscany, Milan, Venice, Florence, and Rome are well known and well documented, Puglia remains relatively undiscovered. Venturing in Italy collects 30 true stories that explore every aspect of this fascinating region. The bookÔÇÖs 19 writers, including Linda Watanabe McFerrin, Joanna Biggar, and Laurie King, find stories everywhere they look, greatly helped by Puglia's rich history: everything from Neolithic cave paintings to ancient Greek cities and temples, from houses built in caves to medieval castles and fortresses. Seen here, Puglia is vibrantly alive with unique local wines and cuisine, thermal spas in Santa Ceasaria, and mussel farming in Taranto. Maps and sketches show Puglia and the surrounding areas at their most enchanting.
Author: Maria Pignatelli Ferrante
SUPERANNO Presents an expert weaving of regional history and personal anecdotes combined with 265 classic recipes that follow a Puglian meal, from primi piatti to dolci. Recipes from the land of olive trees, world-famous Altamura bread, the miracle of cucina povera, and the mystery of Alberobellos trulli will surprise and delight cooks of all persuasions, savoring orecchiette, lamb specialties, taralli, holiday sweets, and an array of marmalades and liqueurs. Translated from the well-known Italian cookbook for the first time. Original.
Traveller Guides Puglia
Author: Thomas Cook Publishing, Zo├ź Ross
Publisher: Thomas Cook Publications
Popular, compact guides for discovering the very best of country, regional and city destinations.
Puglia is a developing tourist area in Southern Italy that is beginning to attract tourists to its varied charms. No longer just a terminus for departing to other destinations it is becoming appreciated for its own attractions. Originally a humble farming region Puglia has been influence by Greeks, Romans, Normans and Byzantines who each made an impact on the landscape by building ports, churches and other magnificent buildings. This book aims to give the tourist an opportunity to visit and enjoy not only the few major attractions that a guided tour usually includes but many of the other interesting sights that many people do not see. By providing five different walking routes and detailed information about each attraction passed it puts a visitor to Puglia in charge of the time spent at any particular place rather than having to rush and keep up with a guide or join costly tours. The tours will enable you to experience the variety and atmosphere of some contrasting destinations in Puglia. You will be surprised to discover the rich historical monuments of Brindisi and astounded by the Baroque architecture of Lecce; youÔÇÖll marvel at the unique construction of the Trulli of Alberobello and be transported back in time when exploring the Sassi of Matera.
When the journey began we didn't expect to buy a derelict "torretta" and a 10 acre olive farm in the Gargano, Puglia. My wife's father "escaped" from the village and lifestyle of Vico del Gargano. Each year he would return with his family for August and later, we too visited Vico each summer. For my wife in particular Vico always felt like home. She seemed to have a subliminal bond, perhaps acquired when she was brought to Vico as a baby and left in the care of her grandmother. We instinctively wanted to move to the area, but due to the remoteness, the dialect and strong family reaction we were deterred from doing so. Nonetheless, we continued to harbour dreams of the spur of Italy, its beautiful rugged coastline, its mountainous forested interior, its people, dialect and traditions that gave the impression that civilisation had simply passed the region by. One day the opportunity arose for us to escape the UK and we embarked on a long journey that would change our lives forever ...
The Silk Road is not a place, but a journey, a route from the edges of the Mediterranean to the central plains of China, through high mountains and inhospitable deserts. For thousands of years its history has been a travelerÔÇÖs history, of brief encounters in desert towns, snowbound passes and nameless forts. It was the conduit that first brought Buddhism, Christianity and Islam into China, and the site of much of the ÔÇťGreat GameÔÇŁ between 19th-century empires. Today, its central section encompasses several former Soviet republics, and the Chinese Autonomous Region of Xinjiang. The ancient trade route controversially crosses the sites of several forgotten kingdoms, buried in sand and only now revealing their secrets. A History of the Silk Road not only offers the reader a chronological outline of the regionÔÇÖs development, but also provides an invaluable introduction to its languages, literature, and arts. It takes a comprehensive and illuminating look at the rich history of this dynamic and little known region, and provides an easy-to-use reference source. Jonathan Clements pays particular attention to the fascinating historical sites which feature on any visitorÔÇÖs itinerary and also gives special emphasis to the writings and reactions of travelers through the centuries.
Publisher: Rizzoli International Publications
With striking photography by Mark Roskams, this book offers a previously unseen look into these spaces. Simultaneously austere and luxurious, the simple yet spacious rooms retain their original charm, including stone kitchen fireplaces, church like arched hallways, and magnificent marble floors.
The Puglian Cookbook
Author: Viktorija Todorovska
Publisher: Agate Publishing
"Recipes from the Puglian region of southern Italy, with photographs"--Provided by the publisher.
Author: Paula Hardy, Abigail Hole, Olivia Pozzan
Publisher: Lonely Planet
Complemented by easy-to use, reliable maps, helpful recommendations, authoritative background information, and up-to-date coverage of things to see and do, these popular travel guides cover in detail countries, regions, and cities around the world for travelers of every budget, along with extensive itineraries, maps with cross-referencing to the text, "Top 10" and "Top 5" lists, and other practical features.
Author: Luca Lorusso, Vivienne Polak
Sharing Puglia is a beautifully designed modern cookbook, full of spectacular on-location photography of the breathtaking Puglia region and featuring 80 authentic Pugliese recipes. Featuring the traditional recipes and stunning photography of the sun-kissed Puglia region, Sharing Puglia will transport you to the sapphire waters of the southern coast of Italy. With this collection of the quintessential culinary delights of Puglia designed for sharing and entertaining and that celebrate seasonal produce, youÔÇÖll be able to imagine you are sitting by the shores of the Mediterranean, listening to the soothing sounds of the sea lapping against limestone cliffs, all the while savoring kingfish crudo with fresh fava beans, lemon, and Caciocavallo or devouring scampi with fresh chicory and pomegranate.
An Italian travelogue describes the trains that traverse the country, from the architecture of old train stations to the new high-speed railways, and portrays the author's memorable encounters along the way.
Salento by 5 is a collection of richly woven Italian stories, written by three local Italians and two American travelers. A friendship begins in the Rome airport, migrates to Salento, the southernmost Italian region of Puglia, blossoms over food and wine, and culminates in a narrative filled with nostalgic and personal recollections of Salento's unique history, culture, and people. Enjoy the book's watercolor sketches, the local recipes, and off-the-beaten path travel hints that only the Salento by 5 authors can provide. Whether you are an armchair traveler or looking for a new Italian adventure in a not so well known region, Salento by 5 has a little something for everyone.