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Holidays in Savelletri di Fasano, a tiny village which is officially part of the town of Fasano, give you the tranquillity of a tiny village with the larger town of Fasano nearby. The village is around 7km from the main town and sits on the coast of the Puglia region on the 'heel' of Italy. Savelletri di Fasano is the ideal place for getting away from it all. There are plenty of beach and sea activities to indulge in, including diving and snorkelling, but the otherwise slow pace of life makes this the ideal place for couples and those seeking to relax. An evening stroll along the idyllic harbour front is the perfect way to round off a warm summer day, while the village's restaurants offer delicious local food combined with charming sea views.
Less than 15 minutes’ travel away is the town of Fasano itself, which is an altogether livelier place. Families will enjoy the town's many attractions, such as the Fasano Zoo and Safari Park. There are ruins dating from Roman times at Scavi D’Egnazia, as well as plenty of other historical sights worth visiting. If you want to travel further afield, the larger cities of Bari and Brindisi are roughly equidistant from Savelletri di Fasano along the coast.
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Find those delightful hidden nooks and crannies that only those who know the place can take you to. Most of the coastline around the town is rocky but there are a couple of small sandy beaches on the outskirts of where, on weekdays at least, you can find plenty of room to relax. Make sure to visit the Fasano market on a Friday morning to enjoy the finest, freshest local produce.
As the area around Savelleri di Fasano is home to olive oil farms, you can take a trip to the Masseria di S. Angelo di Graecis. Here you will find a small museum which is dedicated to the subject of olive oil production and is only open from 5.30pm to 8pm on Fridays, Saturdays and holidays. The museum offers free admission, as well as being an informative and fascinating attraction.
Keep an eye out for the lidos up and down the coast around Savelletri where you can hire sunbeds and parasols and maybe even find a bar for a drink and a snack.
Being situated on the coast, in an olive growing region, the combination of seafood and olive oil is a major attraction in and around Savelletri di Fasano, but there are a few other attractions in the vicinity too. The ruins of Scavi D’Egnazia are worth a visit if you are interested in the history of the Roman Empire and its predecessors. They lie between Fasano and Savelletri di Fasano, with the site covering several acres, some of it still unexcavated. You’ll also find a museum containing antiquities from the site.
Families will enjoy a day out at the Fasano Zoo and Safari Park which lies close to Fasano. With over 200 species of animals in the park, there is something for everyone here. The zoo also houses a large amusement park, which will keep the kids happy while the adults enjoy a gelato or two. You can take in a show with dolphins and sea lions during your visit here as well.
The regional cuisine of Puglia is based around what is known as 'cucina povera,' which can be translated as peasant food. The area specialises in fresh, hearty local ingredients combined to provide delicious yet simple dishes you'll want to try.
For a take on the region's plentiful seafood, sample some of the Baccalà alla Salentina. The dish is made up of dried, salted cod, tomatoes and pecorino cheese sprinkled with breadcrumbs baked in the oven with potatoes until golden and crisp. It goes perfectly with delicious salads made using local fruits and vegetables, or on its own.
The region of Puglia is the best place to sample orechietti ('little ears'). This homemade, ear shaped pasta is traditionally served with fresh tomatoes and ricotta cheese and is a treat in the simple, yet delicious, southern Italian style. Savelletri di Fasano has its own local way of serving the dish, combined with broccoli rabe and garlic. Enjoyed with a glass or two of delicious Italian wine, these 'little ears' are the ideal snack or evening meal.