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people, place, passion
Discover exactly why Lecce makes the ideal home base for our unique, boutique foodie tours, what made us choose Puglia - and why you need to go there now - and see what makes the cuisine particularly amazing in a country packed full of culinary delights.
When we first travelled to the region we were amazed by the food, charmed by the people, and enchanted by the incredible architecture and stunning towns. The love affair continues and, like a fine wine, only gets better with age. Going to Puglia changed our lives - we hope it will change yours too.
The story behind our Passion for Puglia
Why is Italy special? Where to begin?
There’s the food. You could argue that Italian cuisine isn’t the best in the world. But you’d be wrong.
There’s the history. There are 49 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Italy, more than any other country on Earth.
There’s the culture. Leonardo, Michelangelo, Dante, Caravaggio, Giotto, all the way to Fellini and Roberto Benigni.
They’re all great reasons to fall in love with Italy. But as anyone who has spent significant time there will tell you, Italy’s greatest treasure is its people. In Italy people will ask where you’re from. Not because it’s the polite thing to say, but because they’re interested. Shopkeepers will insist you try their produce. Not because they want you to buy something, but because they know how good it tastes. Old guys in bars will tell you jokes in Italian. Not because they think you’ll understand, but because it’s only fair that you join in the fun.
As the owners of Espressino Travel, we have been lucky enough to travel to Italy many times. And we’re united in agreement that Puglia and Lecce capture that uniquely Italian spirit better than anywhere else we’ve been. That’s why we chose it to be the location for the first Tours we offer. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that Puglia is one of Italy’s most fascinating regions, and Lecce its most stunning city. And then there’s the food. And the coffee. And the beaches. And the gelato…