• Nature & Parks

    Saline of Monks – A natural oasis along the Salento coastline

    During our recent trip to Puglia we visited the natural protected area known with the name of Salina dei Monaci, literally “The Saline of the Monks”. If you’re in the area, we highly recommend visiting it, ideal for a walk and it has direct access to the beach. Easy to reach by driving along the road SP122, the saline is located just before the village of Torre Colimena, in the territory of the town of Manduria (TA). It’s been a nature reserve since 2010 and it is also included in the official list of Italian Protected Areas. Known as the Salt of the monks, this water basin covers an area…

  • Beach & Coast,  Nature & Parks,  Salento

    Isola dei Conigli Puglia (Rabbits Island)

    About 1 km from the coastal village of Porto Cesareo there is the charming Rabbits Isle (Isola dei Conigli), a must-see if you’re in the area! The island runs parallel to the coast, it is about 2,5 km long and just over 400m wide. Photo Credits Fran Flickr Origin of its name! Also known on the sailing maps with the name of Isola Grande, it was renamed Rabbit Island due to a herd of cattle that was started on the island for the local population, particularly rabbits. The stretch of sea that separates the island from the coast reaches a maximum height of 40 feet, which is why a lot…

  • Nature & Parks

    Orchids, natural beauties of the Gargano

    Today we have the pleasure to meet an expert researcher of Orchids, Giuseppe Santoro, hailing from Bovino, in the Foggia Province, to know more about these singular flowers whose beauty enriches our landscapes and represents the true pride of Puglia. The mysterious world of Orchids The species of orchids that we currently know are about 20,000. With such a large number, they represent one of the largest flowers families that now inhabit the planet Earth.Most of the species are tropical, in fact they thrive in the pristine jungles. Many of them are epiphytes , which means that have their roots in the branches of the trees and not like normal…

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    Beach & Coast,  Nature & Parks,  Salento

    Zinzulusa Cave

    Just a couple of miles north of Castro, there is the phenomenal Zinzulusa Grotto, the most famous Karst cave along the Puglian coastline and considered to be one of the most important examples of this geologic phenomenon in Italy. The name comes from the word zinzuli, meaning rags. In fact the extensive collection of stalactites and stalagmites that fill this cave look like rags hanging from the ceiling. The cave was discovered in 1793 but has only been explored and open to the public for about 50 years. During its exploration, many vases and votive axes dating back 5,000 years were discovered. The excavated part is huge but only a…

  • Gargano,  Nature & Parks

    Gargano National Park

    The Gargano National Park is a protected nature reserve which was established in 1991, it is entirely located in the Gargano Promontory, the spur of Italy. It covers an area of 300000 acres and includes the Foresta Umbra (Umbra Forest) and the archipelago of Tremiti Islands. Photo Credits Flickr   Of particular interest is the morphology of this area. The Gargano was originally an island separated from the mainland. Later it merged to the mainland to form the unmistakable “spur” but the origin of this area as an island has marked the evolution of its environment in terms of fauna and flora. The Gargano National Park is one of the…

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    Bari Land,  Itria Valley,  Nature & Parks,  Top 10 To See

    Castellana Caves

    Castellana Caves (Castellana Grotte) is a small town in the province of Bari. The town bases its economy mainly on agriculture and tourism. It has a very nice historic center with many ancient buildings dating back to the 17th century.   The town links its name primarily to the enchanting beauty of its caves, the largest and most picturesque complex of caves in Italy and one of the main tourist destination in Puglia. The formation of these karst caves dates back about as far as 90 million years ago. The presence of the caves had been known since the 18th century as people used to tell stories about monsters and ghosts living…