Spring comes early to Puglia, the wild flowers and blossom are out, the bees are busy pollinating, and it’s the season for fresh strawberries, kiwi and asparagus!
The landscape becomes a beautiful riot of colours, and the crowds are still months away. Spring is the ideal time to tour the region. Take a walk through our centenary olive trees, or along the beautiful coast line, the quaint villages, there is so much to see in this beautiful region. A trip to Puglia is a fascinating and rewarding experience, particularly in spring.
Here at Villa Magnolia, spring is a very, very busy time of year! Spring cleaning and preparing the Villa for the new season, painting, gardening, planting our summer vegetable garden with tomatoes, aubergines, zucchini, melons, peppers and more. The Grape vines need tending to, our citrus trees are cut back each year. Outside furniture comes out of storage.
This year we have been particularly busy as we’ve added an extension at the back of the XVIII Villa where we now have a beautiful new large kitchen, facing the gardens. There are two properties on our estate ( circa 8 acres),the dusty red XVIII century ‘Casale’, where guests stay, plus a converted stable which is our home. On the land we have 90 secular olive trees, 100 almond trees, a variety of fruit trees and our own citrus grove, each year we plant a large seasonal vegetable garden. Everything we produce, including our ev olive oil is organic. One luxury we couldn’t resist was a stunning saltwater swimming pool.
Life is good in Puglia.