Eight kilometers (4.8 mi) of unspoiled Adriatic coastline awaited fellow blogger Orna O’Reilly and me on a recent sun-kissed winter’s morn as we went on a combination walk and photoshoot inside a nature reserve and protected marine area just a short drive from our humble abode: Torre Guaceto.

A World Wildlife Fund designated area, Torre Guaceto, named after its eponymous 16th century watchtower, lies midway between Ostuni and Brindisi in the carefree Salento region of Puglia in southeastern Italy.

Stretching from Punta Penna Grossa to the cliffs of Apani, Torre Guaceto, home to a sea turtle recovery center, is inhabited seasonally by migratory birds, like the egret and the bittern, and covered in wild Mediterranean vegetation.

This quiet-as-a-mouse hideaway — at least during wintertime — is the perfect place for a long, leisurely stroll, a jog or an all-terrain bike ride along rustic trails, over sandy dunes, around seasonal wetlands and postcard-perfect little inlets, and across a blue flag-rated beach.

Hardly a soul in sight, other than a lone marsh harrier flying circles above, we felt like we had the entire place all to ourselves.

If your travel plans include Puglia, you should definitely add the nature reserve and protected marine area of Torre Guaceto to your list of sights to visit. Hey, it’s “must see” here in the Salento.

Ciao for now.

©The Palladian Traveler

Borsalino w/ props SMALL | ©Tom Palladio Images

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Written by The Palladian Traveler

Tom traded his hometown St. Louis Cardinals' baseball cap in the United States for a Borsalino and he now hangs his "capello" in the Puglia region of southeastern Italy. A veteran print and broadcast journalist, with well-worn passports that have got him into and out of 50 countries and counting, Tom fell in love with the "Bel Paese" years ago. As he notes, "I'm inspired by the beauty I find in all things that are very, very old, and reliving history, or at least meandering along cobblestone streets that were laid down over a thousand years ago and just looking up and marveling at what occupies the space still today, really gets my 'Vespa' running." Tom has a good eye behind the lens and is a graphic storyteller, but he'll let you decide as he keeps his camera batteries fully charged and the posts flowing from his creative hideaway in the hills overlooking Ostuni. You can also follow his dispatches along the cobblestone via TravelingBoy.com.

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