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Here in Mesagne, Puglia we had a hot and good summer enjoying our friends, students from over the world and the Italian good food and a lot of local Apulian festivals and folklore.

When in summer you decide to visit Puglia (Apulia), have a chance to tour the interesting sites by trying and tasting the different Italian caffè & gelati in each place. That is such a helpful and smart idea in order to overcome the heat: discover and taste all the different and yummy coffees served in Puglia.



On your arrival have the first caffè freddo con ghiaccio (single espresso with ice): in Brindisi, facing the lovely view of the ancient Roman port with the Roman column marking the end of the ancient Appian way.

italian gelati


Then start driving up to the hill, and stop in Ostuni, having first gelato nocciola e pistacchio and then a good espressino freddo (macchiato with one cube of ice) and pretend to be a Pugliese, sitting in the square and people watching.



granita caffe


With the right energy, you will be ready to join the Apulian  inland and wondering in the fantastic hilly countryside with its red lands, vineyards, olive groves and magic trulli. Suddenly you will end up in the picturesque and authentic town of Cisternino near Alberobello and already at the bar in piazza asking granita di caffè con panna (coffee slushy with fresh whipped cream), to be tasted walking along  the white streets in the peaceful and amazing historic centre.

Once finished your granita it is time to visit the gentle and elegant Martina Franca, in the lovely Valle d`Itria and ask the handsome barista:”Un caffè shakerato per favore!”( freshly made espresso with a bit of sugar, and lots of ice)

And why not, a second gelato con mandorla e torroncino,  great flavours!

You might think that you had all the kind of coffees, but you are wrong… the new day will start with one more good flavour in Lecce: caffè con latte di mandorla ( coffee with almond milk)…

lecce duomo


Last but not least, you will be sipping and having your caffè in Lecce, facing the Cathedral, part of a magnificent wide square of baroque buildings where the setting is spectacular. The interior is based on the Latin cross and was completed in 1659.


 Let’s recap…

 In Italy at the bar (cafè) you can say: Prendo/Per me/ Vorrei…..con ….( Can I have/ For me/ I would like….with….)

caffè espresso> single espresso

espressino> macchiato

caffè shakeratofreshly made espresso with a bit of sugar, and lots of ice

caffè con latte di mandorla> freshly made espresso with ice and almond milk

latte freddo/caldo> cold/hot milk

Don’t forget: During your Italian holiday when you ask for a “latte”  you get plain milk, or worse yet, steamed milk but the term as used in English is a coffee drink made with espresso and steamed milk, shortened form of the Italian caffè latte or caffellatte, which means “milk coffee”. For example:” Per me un caffè latte con un cornetto vuoto per favore!”( For me a latte with a butter croissant please)

Buon viaggio e buon caffè!

by Michela, teacher @ lacanto.it, Puglia

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That in Puglia, the land of sun and sea, it snows is rare and that it happens in Villa Castelli, country of wine and oil, is definitely an event!

But we have greeted the 2015 in this way!

On December 31st, each of us, every “castellano” stood up and, opening the windows, found a unusual, magical and sweet Villa Castelli, a  snowy Villa Castelli!

Could it be a message for the new year? A magic 2015?!? Well … let’s keep our fingers crossed!

We did not missed the opportunity to get out on the street and meet all of our friends and students in the snow coming down in big flakes … oh wait, I forgot: Maya Louise saw snow for the first time and like any self-respecting Pug, she was virtually nestled in the snow and did not want to come off as the most immense surprise it was for her!italian tutor homestay

Every roof and every street was immersed in pure white snow and the cones of the trulli were so white that were almost mingled with the sky!

The old town, with the ravine and its Mediterranean maquis were completely white, only a few leaves differed. The children made snowmen and grandparents were at home making  “purcidduzzi”. What are “purcidduzzi“? Hmmm a typical Christmas sweet (another)! So, for dinner everything would have been all ready: all at grandparents’ house for dinner near the fireplace, to hear their always “legendary” stories and look at snowflakes from the window.

The view from our trullo was enchanting for me and the students! It seemed to be in one of those countries of the fairy tales where in the vast expanses of snow you meet the reindeer and the elves, maybe even Santa Claus (ah yes, he has already come and we wait for the Befana!), but we are in Villa Castelli, in Puglia!

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The landscape was quite charming and a great surprise for us!

It was a shame (or fortunately) that lasts little, but tomorrow the sun will shine again and, to be honest, as an 100% Apulia…I can’t wait!

by Maria, Italian host tutor in www.italiahomestay.com, Villa Castelli, Puglia 

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