Trips To Puglia


 gnocchi-di-zuccca-arrostita(Squash Gnocchi by ©ValentinaCirasola)

As a writer and cultural promoter of Puglia, my native Italian land, it is my intention to let readers feel and experience a new ”wheel of emotions”. I am interested in showing Italy with the eyes of a designer born in those parts.
I want to encourage readers to visit areas of Italy not beaten by massive tourism and through stories of art, architecture, fashion, food-wines, shopping, I want them to create their special adventures and live it up in Puglia!


Through my writing I want to  share with all of you feelings, observations, food-wine tasting and experiences that have changed the life of people who have travelled to the tip of Italy.
If you are interested in visiting Puglia, please ask me for details by writing me here:




Bari – Via Sparano by ©ValentinaCirasola



Bari – Palazzo Fizzarotti


Want to know a bit of history of Puglia? Click this link –  Or  the two photos of Bari above to see the video.

“Wine never tasted this good, directly from the vineyard” ~ said German traveler.

german(photo above: Domenico Cafarchia)

The Passion of Christ. American actor Mel Gibson filmed in the nearby Matera. We will visit Matera as well, famous for its UNESCO-listed ancient cave dwellings known as Sassi.
Ben Hur. Morgan Freeman and Jack Huston in Matera 2015 were remaking the epic historical film. See more at:

TV Shows:
Beautiful. A few years ago, one of the longest running American T.V. soap opera landed in Puglia with a large crew, exactly in Polignano and Monopoli, two very quaint towns perched on the cliffs of the Adriatic Sea. Sixteen episodes of Beautiful were filmed in the area in the course of two months. The actors were surprisingly stunned by the beauty of this corner of the world.

Prince Williams
ordered all his shirts when got married to Kate Middleton from a tailor in Ginosa. 
Indian Maharajah in 2015 got married in Puglia, taking with him 850 wedding guests, elephants, crew, Indian show people and various attractions.

 and her daughter spent her winter holidays in Polignano last 2016.

If you are interested in visiting Puglia, please ask me for details by writing me here:
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(All photos above property of ©ValentinaCirasola)


I am getting used to see good reviews written about Puglia by well-known publications, it’s a new discover for them and they are raving to the world, but for me, a native of Puglia is only a confirmation that the region is authentic, culturally rich, the lifestyle is favorable to mental and physical well-being, the views are stunning and the food is out of this world, to say the least.

Read what Wine Enthusiast says about Puglia

Read what Ansa says about Puglia

Music: local, folk music is ancient, moving, stimulating and reflects ancient beliefs.
“IF YOU DANCE ALONE YOU CANNOT HEAL” ~ says the text. People of Puglia used to be farmers and paid huge tax to their land owners. At the end of the day, they danced to get rid of the pain cause by tarantula bites they got in the field, or to get rid of sadness of a poor life made of hard work. Today, this folk and dance music has been revived for our appreciation of our origins and for tourists to enjoy it.

If you are interested in visiting Puglia, please ask me for details by writing me here:

(All photos above property of ©ValentinaCirasola and Domenico Cafarchia)

If you are interested in visiting Puglia, please ask me for details by writing me here:
See you in Puglia.

Copyright © 2015 Valentina Cirasola, All Rights Reserved

Val Admiring World Valentina Cirasola, is a designer, published author, blogger and world trotter. She promotes her native region of Puglia through art, architecture, food, shopping and shows people how to live it up in an ancient land!
Her advantage is: she knows dialects of Italy, knows where to shop, how to deal with local people, she is a good fork, meaning she likes to eat delicious food, drink special wines and bubbles.

Author of three books, all-available on this site on the Books page and on

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