We started out in Puglia, where my father grew up, so I knew a little bit about the region and planned to check out the coastal towns but also go inland to Alberobello, a small town unique for its trullo buildings, which have been designated as a Unesco World Heritage. We have dear friends who had stayed at a lovely restored trullo Air bnb in the countryside and so we followed suit, booked it and just enjoyed slowing down on the dreamy property.
We then drove just a few hours south, down the western coast of Puglia to Santa Caterina, where the majority of our days were spent jumping into crystal clear water and climbing beautiful volcanic rocks of the regional park of Porto Selvaggio. We were saved by our HoH canvas hats (we both kept wetting them in the ocean, so to keep cool) as everyone had umbrellas to get some respite from the blazing sun. At night we would walk into town and follow the local crowds to the best trattorias: the fish especially and local apulian wines were otherworldly.
Our final days of the trip were spent on the island of Capri, off the Surrentine Peninsula. We knew we were going to be there in high season, so we made sure to get a BnB earlier in the year. We were so pleasantly surprised when we found that our location was right off the famous Via Tragara, one of the most romantic and scenic pedestrian streets on the island! Did you know that Capri has been a resort since the time of the Roman Empire? We made sure to soak in the chic and charming 60's vibe this island exudes at the famous Bagno Luigi. We also took an open air vintage taxi to the other side of the island, Anacapri, where most locals live and had an unforgettable day at the Lido del Faro,. This beach club is built into the rock and is the only spot on the island where you can view the sun set over the Tyrrhenian Sea.
At the end of a long trip we're usually ready to go home, but this time we could have stayed a whole other week exploring this gem of an island.