We stayed at Vigne di Salamina in late May of 2006 prior to the addition of the 'summer house' and again in late May of 2010. Both times the rooms were comfortable and absolutely spotless. The outside accommodations are also wonderful, with many options for sunning or resting in the shade. The garden beds are full of lavender, rosemary, and gorgeous cactus that flowered while we were there. There is even a tiny grove of fruit trees on the terrace behind the trullo, and, of course, there are olive groves for as far as the eye can see.
Nicla and Rudi are friendly and gracious. As we made our plans prior to flying to Italyi, Nicla guided us through the ins and outs of getting to the trullo, etc. She also answered all of my questions about the location, its proximity to several towns I hoped to visit, etc.
Rudi is a great chef! If you want to try the local fare, he can make it all, from stuffed mussels stuffed to traditional Pugliese casseroles and local meat and fish dishes. he can also recommend local wines.
Nicla's English is excellent and her graciousness unending. She drove me to Fasano to find the Internet cafe and then repeated the route 3 times to be sure I had it down. She makes her guests feel very much at home.
If you want to cook some meals at home there are well stocked grocery stores nearby and one, in Speziale, has its own cheese manufacture in the same building, so you KNOW the buffulata is fresh!
There are many wonderful day trips possible from the Trullo. At our request Nicla arranged an excellent guide for our first visit, and driving in this part of the world is not stressful, so a rental car gets you a lot of places easily. You'll need a car unless you want to have a guide pick you up for each tour, or you have a bicycle and don't mind the final leg of the trip back being uphill, as the trullo is in the contrada, several kilometers from the town.
Vigne di Salamina is a great place to come back to after a day of touring. The Trullo terrace has views of the Adriatic. At night we'd sip wine and watch the lights of freighters headed east toward Greece. I've stayed in a few other places in Apulia and this is my favorite by far.
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