IMAGEBack row LR Kim Rayner Mudgee Travel

first_imgIMAGE:Back row (L-R): Kim Rayner (Mudgee Travel & Cruise), local guide, Kymberly Rohrsheim (Travel and Cruise Professionals), Tracey Hembling (Maria Slater Travel), Jess Falzon (Jetaway Travel), Belinda Di Guglielmo (St George Travel), Emma Sullivan (Weston Cruise & Travel) and Karen Nelson (Back-Roads Touring Co.).Front row (L-R): Michelle Everson (Jamison Travel) and Hughla McLaren (Thornleigh Cruise & Travel).Often described as the country’s best kept secret, the south east coast Puglia region of Italy is famed for its dedication to ‘slow food’ and a group of Travellers Choice agents recently explored the culinary traditions of Puglia on a even-night Back-Roads Touring educational.Savouring silky mozzarella and burrata cheeses, enjoying fresh pasta in a countryside masseria (estate), discovering the secret to making olive oil, and tasting some of Italy’s best wine and seafood, it was far from a hard task for the group!Travel and Cruise Professionals’ Kymberly Rohrsheim says what makes Puglia attractive is the fact that it’s so easy to explore and “every village is so different from the last one”.“One town might be whitewashed stone buildings, while the next will be a fishing port or feature traditional trulli [dry stone huts with conical roofs],” says Rohrsheim. “But they all know food really well, and each tiny sleepy town will have its own hidden treat, which means every day offers a different experience, and it’s all within a small compact region.”IMAGE:Back row (L-R): Jess Falzon (Jetaway Travel), Michelle Everson (Jamison Travel), Emma Sullivan (Weston Cruise & Travel), Hughla McLaren (Thornleigh Cruise & Travel) and Belinda Di Guglielmo (St George Travel). Front row (L-R): Kim Rayner (Mudgee Travel & Cruise), Kymberly Rohrsheim (Travel and Cruise Professionals), Karen Nelson (Back-Roads Touring Co.) and Tracey Hembling (Maria Slater Travel). As well as its quaint villages, Puglia is also known for the remarkable cave dwellings of Matera.Thornleigh Cruise & Travel’s Hughla McLaren says exploring the caves – where people are thought to have resided from as early as 7000 BC – was a highlight of the tour.“At one stage the Italian government cleared everyone out of the caves, but people have slowly come back and there are now businesses, hotels, pubs and apartments all carved into the rock,” says McLaren. “Some of the apartments are apparently more expensive now than those in Rome.”last_img

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