‘Good food, great weather, totally relaxing’

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January 2, 2012
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I asked Jon before he left with his family if he would let me know the restaurants he went to and his opinion of them. I was delighted with his email and he agreed to let me share it with you… along with some pics he took during his stay.


We arrived back home an hour or so ago.

From our perspective, everything worked out really well last week. Good food, great weather, totally relaxing setting. If anything, our grand plans for exploring were derailed by the tranquil nature of the trullo – it was too easy to hang out in the pool or under the gazebo reading and sipping very drinkable Negroamaro or Primitivo at £1.20 per litre.

Nevertheless, the centre of of Ceglie is a delight (and not highlighted compared to say – Alberobello or Locorontodo) – the bars around the main piazza are welcoming in the evening and we thought Osteria dei Santi was enjoyable (apart from the television!), the market & the passagiata in Martina are fascinating.

Last night we ate at Ai Nuovi Portici in the the cathedral piazza in Martina and this was really good – Pizzas (daughter thought were excellent) from 5 Euros, and more extravagant Italian cuisine if wanted. We enjoyed the caves in Castellana Grotte, and although Zoosafari drive through & dolphin show are good if you have kids, we felt the the amusement park was a little tacky.

As I said, most of the time we just chilled, which was great but Richard and Alison looked after us and the property really well without being intrusive. We immediately felt that they were helpful and friendly neighbours. I think their informality matched the trullo (you’ve done a good job on the refurb) and the area perfectly. Our rusty italian has improved a notch and would like to get it better in years to come. Of course I have some photos of the trullo and the area, let me know if you want me to pass the suitable ones on.

Jon Bridges’

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