My DH and I have spent the past month in Croatia touring and eating our way through the country... and oh, what a tasty treat this has been! Tomorrow we plan to catch the ferry to Ancona to begin another month of similar touring in Italy. We've already been to the usual spots - Rome, Florence, Amalfi/Capri, Tuscany, Umbria, Sardegna & Cinque Terre and wish to tour the "calf" south down to the "heel". Since we'll be somewhat short on time, Calabria and Sicily will have to wait for another time.
Our first stop will be "Locanda della valle Nuova" in Marche - for a few nights. It's not far from Acqualagna where they'll be holding the annual white truffle fair and also close to Urbino. From there we'll head south with planned stops to include: Pescara, Ostuni, Trani, and Lecce. Along the way, as touristy as this may seem, I really want to stay in a trulli, at least for a few nights. Any and all suggestions for: great food experiences, interesting sights or specialty lodging would be most appreciated. We'll have a car and comfortable "resources" however, anyone can find an expensive "over the top" meal or hotel. We prefer authentic, typical regional cuisine and interesting, if not unusual lodging.