Unspoilt Italy: fall head over heel for Puglia’s Salento region

May 3, 2014

Wild beaches, seriously tempting food and wine, affordable prices and few tourists await those who venture to Salento, the sun-kissed south of Puglia at the heel of Italy’s boot

The tables are filling up fast tonight in Gustavo Braceria. Carmela moves between the groups of diners, greeting them like old friends. Her relaxed demeanour conceals a flurry of activity as she passes from one table to another, directing staff to bring forth bags of bread, bottles of wine and a succession of dishes concocted by her husband Gigi, the chef.

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Word is spreading about Gustavo Braceria, with its cosy dining rooms and tables in the garden in summer, beneath trees laced with fairy lights. The restaurant opened three years ago on the edge of the small town of Galatone, in the Salento, the southern tip of Italy’s Puglia region. The Salento draws its northern border from Taranto in the west to Brindisi in the east, and marks its southernmost point at Santa Maria de Leuca, the Land’s End of south-east Italy, at the very bottom of the heel.

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