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Apulia – Discovering the Charm of Southern Italy

This year my mom and I spent our holiday in the south of Italy. We decided to travel to Apulia, a region that we both had visited before. It is hard to explain what it is that I like so much about the south of Italy. The landscape is more meager than for example in Tuscany. The coast is rocky and depending on the region there are huge plantations of olive trees. Most of the trees are age-old and they look exactly like that. I have seldom seen so many beautiful olive trees at one place! The soil in Apulia is mostly reddish brown and the architecture shows Moorish influences. For me, all these characteristics make this part of Italy to a very special place that has retained its authentic charm. The weather this year was comparably bad, so we had to use the car a lot to get to places where we assumed the weather would be better. Our hotel is located near Ostuni, the “white city”. Ostuni ist located on a hill a …

Pasticciotto con Crema – Italian Pastry in Lecce

For me, Italy is – and always was – my travel destination number one. Since I was a small kid my parents and I went to Italy almost every year, enjoying the culture, the climate and the large variety of Italian food. According to the different climatic conditions, the Italian kitchen includes hearty meals from the more Northern regions as well light dishes from the South. For me it was a big surprise to detect how many varieties of Italian pastry actually exist. I was just not thinking about that. I knew that they have a lot of cakes and I knew that Italian people love their croissants (usually filled with “crema”) for breakfast, but what I didn’t know was that especially in the South of Italy they make some very specific kinds of pastry, for example Pasticciotti and Bocconotti. Two years ago I travelled to Apulia for the first time and I loved it. The landscape and the vegetation varies widely from regions in Italy that I had seen before. The landscape is dominated …