The romantic boutique apartment accommodation “Masseria Alchimia” is located in Fasano approximately 50 km South of Bari (the capital of Puglia in the heel of the Italian boot). In the 17th century, the Masseria had been a small hermitage. Owner and landlady Caroline Groszer bought it in 2006 and transformed it to a charming, small resort with 10 apartments, surrounded by natural landscape of old olive trees.
Corteinfiore – an excellent seafood restaurant and stylish bed & breakfast – is set in the old Palazzo Laghezza, located only a few steps from the tourist harbor in Trani. The Palazzo from the 16th century is built on the ancient city walls in a quiet and peaceful area. Here’s why we would rather call it a Boutique Hotel instead of a B&B…
I know, Rome has much more on offer than just this lengthy piazza that used to see chariot races in the old days. But still, once you’ve seen a couple of Rome’s most important landmarks you may as well sit down, watch the world go by and enjoy Italian style urban scenery on just this very square.
The Starwood Luxury Collection’s Gritti Palace is an awesome Venice hotel right next to a Canal and near the San Marcos Square.
Venice is well-established as one of the world’s must-see cities, with its fascinating history, charming lack of roads and luxurious gondolas.
Unfortunately, well-established must-see cities are not known for their modesty, and when it comes to budget travel, Venice presents a bit of a challenge due to its often fantastical prices during high season.
As a photographer more often than not you ask yourself whether you should grab that special moment and take the photograph right away or you better ask first and then try to catch up with the opportunity now gone. It’s pretty much a poker game at times. Here’s how I try to seize those special moments without embarrassing people.
During our two-week Puglia roundtrip we stayed at wonderful country houses (Masseria Cimino, Masseria Le Fabriche, Masseria Fumarola) and stylish hotels (La Sommità Relais, Acaya Golf Resort, Histó Relais). On our way in-between we also visited Borgo Egnazia Resort and Masseria Bagnara but we didn’t stay there overnight. Therefore they make it only to some of our unstructured list of rankings.
(You do have to discuss something at lunch time, don’t you? We like to compile our little ratings as a holiday review during the lengthy yet tasty Italian luncheons…)
Masseria Fumarola is a rural trulli style guest house which perfectly combines the charm of a traditional 19th century Puglian farmhouse with the service and amenities of a modern hotel.
Built on a former Masseria that housed an abbey dating back to the first century, this retreat offers 46 stunning rooms and suites around a few courtyards and a spa with its two pools. The showers are the most generous around ;-)