24 JAN 2019
A short journey of discovery to Borgo Egnazia
This Carnival in Borgo Egnazia will be enlivened by authentic Apulian hospitality, with all its colours and traditions. In this enchanting holiday spot between the Itria Valley and the Adriatic coast, festivals take on a unique flavour, bathed in the lingering warmth of the winter sun.
In the heart of Apulia lies a resort hotel that puts you within touching distance of the magnificent Adriatic Sea, the Murge plateau and the Itria Valley, a place of conical trulli huts, dry-stone walls, vineyards and olive groves stretching as far as the eye can see. Immersed in the beautiful countryside surrounding Borgo Egnazia, we take a motorhome ride as far as Savelletri di Fasano, in the province of Brindisi.
Here, not far from the Archaeological Park of Egnazia—one of the most important historical sites in Apulia—on a plain covered with olive trees bordering the sea, stands a small, very special resort: Borgo Egnazia. To get there, drive along the SS16 Bari-Brindisi state highway and exit at Savelletri/Stazione di Fasano. After about 2 km, follow the signs for Borgo Egnazia.
To get there, drive along the SS16 Bari-Brindisi state highway and exit at Savelletri/Stazione di Fasano. After about 2 km, follow the signs for Borgo Egnazia. The hotel offers a new experience in hospitality and perfectly showcases the charms of Apulia, combining a warm welcome with cultural riches and tradition.
The hotel, which is eye-catching for its harmonious layout and natural colours, is built entirely from hand-cut blocks of volcanic tuff rock, based on a design inspired by the architecture of local farms and rural villages. The resort is a perfect blend of traditional and modern, contemporary and authentic.
The alleys are filled with a thousand colours and some of the houses are transformed into charming craft workshops where you can discover authentic local crafts. Strolling through the streets, you can rediscover outdoor games and activities that first entertained people before the advent of digital technology. Adding to the distinctive ambiance are the mingled aromas of taralli bread snacks and homemade biscuits, a feast of gastronomic specialities all waiting to be tasted! You can also find almond cakes and irresistible pettole, delicious fried balls of leavened dough that are traditionally made during the Christmas season in Apulia, but which are available to taste all year round.
APULIA WITH THE FAMILY
Thanks to a longstanding partnership between the Borgo Egnazia and friendly locals who are eager to share their unique customs, guests are invited into the homes of nearby residents to discover more about their traditional lifestyle. There they can expect the warmest of welcomes and first-hand insights by inhabitants with extensive local knowledge.
Hopping back into the motorhome, we head to the nearby town of Alberobello for more new experiences and to immerse ourselves in the landscapes and traditions. Here, in some of the typical trulli huts, you can make small craft items using ancient methods handed down through the generations: cherry seed necklaces, poppy flower dolls, traditional decorations and much more besides.
Back on the road, after passing vast and spectacular olive groves, we reach the picturesque historic town of Fasano. Here, among the backstreets, arches, squares, churches and splendid townhouses, master craftsmen teach visitors to mould pottery by hand into personalised gifts.
IN TOUCH WITH NATURE
Those who prefer getting closer to nature have the opportunity to go on delightful horseback rides among the centuries-old olive trees of the Itria Valley. Alternatively, guests can enjoy a feast of flavours and conviviality, celebrating the most authentic culinary traditions of Apulia.
Forcatella – Marina di Savelletri motorhome stopover.
The facility consists of a motorhome area with 30 pitches. It has an area for waste water drainage and drinking water, electrical hook-up, services, showers and laundry.
Shaded by green olive trees and located 200 metres from the trulli huts and 400 metres from the town centre, it is an excellent, well-equipped area that is both clean and quiet. It has electrical hook-up points and water supply and drainage facilities.