Patrick, Ohio - While on a trip to Rome this past January, I had the opportunity to join a Pop Up Trips tour of the Puglia region of Italy, the boot of the Italian peninsula. Rome, the Vatican, Colosseum, and usual suspects were overwhelmingly wonderful but time in Puglia was the highlight of my first trip to Italy.
We toured Bari and little towns along the Adriatic coastline. Charming and beautiful are understatements. The fresh, local seafood was fabulous and the full-bodied Primitivo wines have become a favorite.
Our hosts were knowledgeable, kind, patient and fun, making our small, intimate group feel like family! While I have a large bucket list, Puglia is at the top of my list for a return visit.
Katia, NY - Just want to say THANK YOU for this amazing experience. There are so many reasons to thank you. Well-organized yet flexible, lovely choices of towns and villages (delicious food, wonderful wines), attention to details and our needs/wants are only a few of the things we appreciated.
You made our trip relaxing yet fun. And the masseria was the most stunning of accommodations. Really liked that we covered a lot of territory in a relaxed fashion but were able to return to the same place at the end of the day, have a glass of wine, talk and laugh with our small group and sometimes take a dip in the gorgeous pool. We will be back!! Save our place!!
Allison, Florida - Having never been to Italy, I was torn between Tuscany and your trip to Puglia. I am so glad I chose the beautiful area of Southern Italy. You exposed me to the REAL Italy. I was reluctant to travel alone but your team and the small group made me feel so very comfortable. I'm recommending this to my friends!! Thanks a lot.
Ed H., Florida - Although I totally enjoyed the local wine, food and festivals, for me the highlight of the tour was historic in nature. I enjoyed learning about the ancient town of Alberobello where the conical roofs of the houses were often removed when the tax collector came around (only structures with roofs were taxed). In Matera (where Gibson filmed Passion of Christ), it was amazing to learn that people actually lived in caves dug into the mountain until 1952! So glad I didn't miss the beautiful baroque buildings of Lecce.
Our hosts were very knowledgeable and made every experience fun and enlightening. Thanks so much. I would definitely go again.
Samantha, Ohio - WOW, WOW, WOW. That is the only way I can express this life fufilling trip. I know that Puglia has been "discovered" by the media. I am just glad I had the opportunity to see it before it becomes too touristy. I too would love to buy a place here. I should play the lottery. Thank you for your lovely hospitality and knowledge of this "hidden...but not for long" part of Italy.