Lounge-bar Solatio / Лаунж-бар Solatio

near the sea

near the sea

Solatio is located in the charming area of Torre Suda (Marina di Racale). During the day it is a solarium, an ideal place to spend the hottest hours of the day, and in the evening it becomes very elegant and refined cocktail bar. Continue reading

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Wines of Salento / Вина Саленто

salento winesWines of Salento and Apulia are among the best ones in Italy, and as I’ve mentioned here Apulia has been chosen as one of the top ten wine destinations in the world in 2013. And you can feel it immediately when you come to Salento, as you can see so many vineyards everywhere, there is a winery almost in every town of Salento, and also almost every second family produces wine (really good one) at home for their pleasure as a hobby, almost all the masserias have their own wine, and also many restaurants offer homemade wine (vino della casa). Continue reading

Trattoria Le Fontanelle, Gallipoli / Галлиполи

some members of the family owning Le Fontanelle

some members of the family owning Le Fontanelle

Trattoria Le Fontanelle is a restaurant where all the meals are based on seafood and fish. And if you want to eat the most fresh seafood for prices a little bit lower than average, you should come here. All the personnel of this restaurant are the members of family, from chef to fishers (so the lower prices come from this, as they don’t have to buy seafood and fish), and everything you will eat here has been caught the same day you come. Continue reading

Essentiae del Salento, Handmade liqueur production / Непромышленное производство ликеров

amaro ulivo

amaro ulivo

This time I would like to introduce you liqueurs Essentiae del Salento. As I already wrote previously, there is a tradition in Italy to finish the dinner by liqueurs, that’s why there is a great number of liqueurs produced in Italy, and of course in Salento. Obviously many of them are industrial, and as a lover of organic and natural food and drinks, I decided to present you high-quality handmade and supremely natural liqueurs that are produced in accordance with the traditional recipes of Salento and following antique procedures of preparation. It is an absolutely natural handmade product, prepared exclusively with selected fresh and natural ingredients, without flavorings, additives, coloring and preservatives. Continue reading

Masseria-Restaurant Le Stanzie, heritage of Salento / Массерия-ресторан Le Stanzie, наследие Саленто

masseria Le Stanzie

masseria Le Stanzie

A symbol of the culture and civilization of Salento, Le Stanzie is one of the most representative farm structures (masserie) of sixteenth century in Salento. Placed among rolling hills that surround the landscape of Supersano, this old farmhouse in the past has been a point of reference for having a rest for travelers and pilgrims who during the long and laborious journeys stopped in this place to refresh themselves, to have a hot meal and a well deserved rest before resuming the journey.

millsLe Stanzie takes its name from an ancient Roman Statius, since it is located at the center of important crossroads between the “antique way of oil” that linked the ports of Otranto and Gallipoli and the “way of the pilgrims”, the route used by every Christian who went on pilgrimage from San Michele Gargano to Santa Maria di Leuca. Continue reading

Restaurant / Ресторан Il Mulino di Alcantara, Felline

mulino di alcantaraThere are several restaurants where I always want  to come back, and the Restaurant Il Mulino di Alcantara is one of them. I even celebrated my wedding here, so you can imagine how much I like it 🙂 The restaurant is situated in the beautiful square Piazza Caduti in the old town of Felline. It has two storeys  and in summer it occupies the square itself, there is also a small terrace upstairs, for those who want more private/intimate atmosphere (especially in the evening with the candlelight).  Continue reading

L’Altro Baffo Restaurant, Otranto / Ресторан L’Altro Baffo, Отранто

laltro baffoThis was the first time I went to this restaurant, even if I heard a lot about it from my Italian friends, but also in tripadvisor it has a number of positive reviews. So I became curious of it:) It is located in historic centre of Otranto, very near to Aragonese castle. Approaching the restaurant you can see the menu outside (which is very common tradition in Italy, as in this way you can see the list of the meals and the prices), which also gives you an opportunity to see that the meals are quite different here from the typical meals of other restaurants. The restaurant is not big, it has small terrace upstairs, small and cozy space outside and not so bigger one inside, with refined atmosphere and totally white interior. You will be met by Alessandro (who speaks English), who will answer all your questions about menu and I guess about anything else:) we received two glasses of complementary sparkling rose wine and a treat from chef, Cristina Conte. What you notice immediately in this place is the high level of service and of the presentation of every meal, the menu is very innovative and modern.

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