Monopoli is a charming coastal town with whitewashed houses in the Puglia region of Italy. It often goes unnoticed by tourists, because it is tucked between the larger cities of Bari and Brindisi. Which is probably how Monopoli managed to keep its genuine, lived-in ambience, unlike its more popular neighboring towns. This is a place where you still...

We cycle back to the hotel in a neat line, spokes whirring, weaving through a patchwork of silver-green olive groves. In flat fields uninterrupted by high-rises or clunky machinery, the odd worker toils by hand in the evening sun, maintaining the grids of knarled, ancient trees, some with trunks as thick as oil drums.

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I have spent years living in what we call the “alto Salento” part of Puglia, which means the upper part. Puglia is a very big region, full of little towns to discover and I made it my mission, this past summer, to start exploring some of what was situated further south. The Salento coastline in Puglia has also been given the nickname of the “Italia...

Alberobello is famous for its unique architecture and specifically for the white houses characterized by a stone conical roof, known as Trulli. About their technical construction, these are small, round houses made of white bricks, then grey stones and above this, they feature conical roofs built up of corbelled limestone slabs. It is a main touris...

In the latest episode of CNN’s Searching for Italy, actor Stanley Tucci continued his journey in southern Italy with a stop in Puglia (POOL-ya), located, as he says, “in the heel of Italy’s boot…with 500 miles of coastline and 60 million olive trees, one for every Italian in Italy.”  The town of Foggia, he noted, is the “bread basket of Italy,” pro...

Crunchy yet tender, sweet and high in calories, there's a peculiar Italian snack which is sandwiched between two pieces of Christian communion wafers. The ostie piene, or "filled hosts" -- a mouthwatering mix of almonds and honey stuffed between two wafers -- are one of Italy's most delicious cookies. And they could also be one of its most sacrileg...

With the end of the pandemic, the Belpaese seems to have regained its leading role in the food and wine industry both in Europe and overseas. From the Langhe to Sicily, Italy has awakened by reintroducing wines of excellence that represent the true pride of our country, with renowned labels to be enjoyed in private and luxurious settings that tell...

A trip to Italy wouldn’t be complete without at least a glance around you at the  architecture. Look closely (or perhaps not even that closely) and you’ll find an incredibly varied range of architectural styles. In Venice, there’s the byzantine Basilica of Saint Mark with its intricately decorated golden facade. Travel slightly further south to Emi...

One could discuss at length what characterizes us as humans; undoubtedly, one particular quality we share with few other species is a sense of beauty. The instinct to adorn and decorate ourselves is as old as mankind: and this is proven by this extraordinary archaeological find in Salento, in Apulia, at the famous site of the Grotta del Cavallo. Ye...

Mississippi State University and Italy’s University of Salento leaders are celebrating new collaborations aimed at utilizing smart technologies to advance sustainable agriculture. MSU Provost and Executive Vice President David Shaw and University of Salento Rector Fabio Pollice signed a memorandum of understanding this week in Italy promoting oppor...