Gilda Siena likes to talk – so much so she is known among her guests as “the chatty woman”. In the decade since she bought a 19th-century building once inhabited by Venetian nobility in the Salento area – at the southern tip (the heel) of Italy’s Puglia region – and made it into boutique hotel Palazzo Siena-Home & More, this aspect of her personali...

Located in Puglia, Castel del Monte (Italian for "Castle of the Mountain") was built in the 13th century by Emperor Frederick II, who had inherited the lands from his mother Constance of Sicily. Frederick was responsible for the construction of many castles in Puglia, but Castel del Monte's geometric design was unique. The emperor imbued it with sy...

Altamura bread is one of the most famous gastronomic products in Puglia. It has very ancient origins. The latin poet Orazio (1st century BC) in a passage from the "Satire" wrote: "best bread in the world, so much so that the diligent traveler brings a supply for the continuation of the journey". But the fame of Altamura bread does not end here. It...

While the rest of the fashion industry hit pause on IRL shows in favor of digital presentations, Dior stuck to the runway. Kind of. When it comes to resort season, designers typically produce its vacation-ready runways in historic cities like colorful Marrakesh, Cuba, (or, well, Calabasas), and Dior continued the practice despite a worldwide pandem...

Live Coffee Chat at Casa Belvedere: Italian Beaches/ Le Spiagge Italiane. Saturday, July 25th • 10:00am. Learn how to vacation as the Italians do! Guest speaker: Marco Evangelista, Director of Journeys by Central Holidays. Each Coffee Chat guest is entered to win a specialty gift courtesy of SI-Espresso! REGISTER HERE. Once you register, you will r...

The history of the olive has been linked to that of humanity for over 7000 years, even becoming a biblical symbol of peace between God and humanity after the Flood. Olive oil originated in the Eastern Mediterranean and has been used in various ways over the centuries: as an ingredient in cosmetics, a medicine, a fuel, an element of religious ritual...

Unlike the big-name northern provinces of Italy such as Tuscany, Veneto, and Emilia Romagna, the southern province of Puglia – the heel of Italy’s boot – doesn’t attract crowds of travelers. For those of us heading to southern Italy that’s a good thing, since in Puglia you still feel you’re visiting Italy as it was 50 years ago. That doesn’t mean t...

Apulia (in Italian Puglia) is one of the favourite destinations for Italians to spend their summer holidays. This results from a report of the agency Marketing 01, one of the 30 Google Premier Partner in the world, that shows a great success of Apulia in web research on Google. The research rate of the keywords "Puglia" and "Sardegna" (in English S...

From their earliest days, the Royal House of Bourbon-Two Sicilies has always had the well-being of the peoples of southern Italy and Sicily in their hearts. The House of Bourbon-Two Sicilies ruled Southern Italy from 1734 to 1860. The Kingdom of the Two Sicilies was the largest sovereign state on the Italian peninsula, by both population and size,...

The Trulli are considered a historic site because of its history dating back to the 14h century. There are 1,500 Trulli houses located in the small town of Alberobello. According to National Geographic, “People began to settle in Alberobello around a thousand years ago, and the construction of Trulli in the area most likely began at that time.” Alt...