Polignano a Mare / Полиньяно а Маре

balconyPolignano a Mare is situated out of Salento, but still in Apulia, and it is too beautiful and enchanting to not be mentioned in here 🙂 Located near Bari, it is one of the favorite holiday destinations not only for Apulians, but also for the tourists from the whole world. Actually, this is one of the few places in Apulia with the strong presence of Russian speaking tourists, the other two are Porto Cesareo and Bari, to my knowledge.

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Well, the most impressing thing about Polignano is the beautiful panoramas. Being like a platform of rocky cliffs, this fascinating town has so-called scenic terraces, high above the sea level. They are like balconies overlooking the Adriatic sea all along the coast of Polignano a Mare, full of marvelous colorful sea caves. Continue reading

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Best Offer / Выгодное предложение – B&B Scoglio di Pirro

vista complessivaBest offer is launched in order to encourage the readers of the blog to choose Salento as their next vacation destination. The new page BEST OFFER has already best deals for B&B and Trattoria-Pizzeria Scoglio di Pirro.

Best Offer (выгодное предложение) запущено в целях поощрения читателей блога выбрать Саленто в качестве своего следующего места отдыха. Новая страница BEST OFFER уже включает в себя предложение B&B и траттория-пиццерия Scoglio di Pirro.

Car Rental / Прокат машины

Maybe for someone it will seem obvious, but I would still like to mention this in my blog. In order to discover Salento in the best way, you will have to rent a car. I will explain why it is so…

Here in the south of Italy, without a car you will feel like without legs:) The exception is when you stay in Bari, or Lecce, or Brindisi (the bigger cities) and you don’t have plans to go out of the city, or when you want to stay in a resort the whole vacation without leaving its territory.

The transfer and taxi services here are quite expensive, and public transport is not so developed. Instead if you want to see more of Salento, you will need a vehicle. As you may know, you can take car in one place and drop it off in different location. It will be even cheaper if you book a car in advance, and of course you will have a vaster choice of cars then.

Some details about driving laws in Italy: it is allowed 0.5 grams of alcohol per litre of blood (so let’ say it is permitted to drink 0,3 bottle of beer), seat belts front and rear are obligatory, motorcycle drivers and passengers must wear crash helmets.

Может быть, для кого-то это покажется очевидным, но я все же хотела бы озвучить это в моем блоге. Для того, чтобы раскрыть для себя Саленто наилучшим образом, необходимо взять автомобиль на прокат. Я объясню, почему… Continue reading

Boat trip from Otranto to San Foca / Водная прогулка из Отранто в Сан-Фока

One day boat trip along the Adriatic coast, departing from Otranto port to San Foca, is a must if you want to really enjoy the beauty of Salento, especially because there are so many beaches that are accessible only from the sea with boat/yacht, and not from the land… The words are not enough to describe the grace and magnificence of the nature, the dance of the sun on the crystal and aquamarine water, the pleasure of total peace and bliss felt during the whole day…coast Continue reading

Peperoncino Restaurant, Rivabella (Gallipoli)

with glass of prosecco

with glass of prosecco

I personally like Peperoncino Restaurant for two reasons, wonderful atmosphere and elegant interior. There are not so many restaurants in the south of Italy that pay attention to these criteria, they care only about quality of food and about numbers (the quantity of clients), that is why many of them look like a simple canteen. In Peperoncino instead, the atmosphere is totally different, dim lights, great relaxing popular music (not too loud), there are several sofas, beautiful interior in red color, and everybody receives a glass of prosecco  (Italian sparkling wine) on arrival. Continue reading

Charming Gallipoli / Очаровательный Галлиполи

centro storicoGallipoli is practically an island town, as it is almost totally surrounded by the sea. This town is ‘alive’ not only in summer, but all year round, and it has it all: the port, the dreamy beaches (from sandy to rocky), the night life (including open air disco), relax (there is Splash Aquapark near the town), festivals, shopping and history. Gallipoli is situated on the Ionian sea coast, and it is divided in two parts, the old town (historic centre) and the mainland, and these two parts are connected by the 16th century bridge. Continue reading

The overcrowded period to avoid / Не самый лучший период для отпуска в Саленто

If being on vacation you do not like to stay always and everywhere in lines, to have the difficulty to find a place in the restaurant or at the beach, to stuck in the traffic whereever you go (especially while going to and from the beach and going out in the evening), to have worse service for higher prices only because it is a high season and peak period, then you should absolutely avoid the period from around 7 to 20 of August. Continue reading