As the tires crunched on the gravel drive leading to the entrance of Borgo Egnazia, my delightful driver Pino ceased all conversation, knowing that I was beyond the point of hearing as I gazed at the beauty and essence of Borgo Egnazia by night. Gentle light provided by hundreds of candles were my guide as I entered the beautiful marble foyer where I was met by the welcoming staff letting me know I had truly arrived.....
And so it began. My first experience in the "heel of the boot" where I fell completely, totally head-over-heels in love with the culture, the people and the food of Puglia, Italy.
Borgo Egnazia, located equal distance from Bari and Brindisi airports is easily reached by taking a low-cost flight from one of the major cities in Italy. Upon arrival, your transfer time will be a quick and easy 45 minutes from either airport.
Once you arrive at Borgo Egnazia, prepare to rest, relax and refresh whether breathing the intoxicating sea air while devouring the novel you have been so anxious to open, immersing in one (or multiple - I definitely recommend multiple!) spa treatments offered at Vair SPA, jumping on a bike for a ride around, or relaxing over pizza served bubbling from the oven with blistered crust while sipping on your favorite libation by candlelight.
The historic and beautiful towns nearby including Ostuni, Lecce, Otranto and more, offer fantastic options for day or half-day trips to explore and surrender your body, mind and soul to your surroundings. As you explore, look for the Roman roads where deep divots from the wheels of carts still mark the ground, or the Trulli stone huts with conical roofs built without cement or mortar to bind the stones, still standing in Apulia and of course, gelato, truly the creamiest, best hand-dipped gelato I have ever tasted. My personal favorite was discovered in Ostuni, two lucious hand-dipped scoops of fresh, tart, lemon gelato covered in fresh, sweet whipped cream. My suggestion? Taste as you go until you discover your favorite!
My first visit to Puglia and to Borgo Egnazia will not be my last and I so look forward to sharing this amazing place with my clients! So what next? Get out the map, find the heel of the boot and lets get started!
People don't take trips... trips take people.
- John Steinbeck