Maj-La Pizzelli Of ATP Atelier Shares Her Travel Guide To Puglia
ATP Atelier, a.k.a All Tomorrow’s Parties, is a footwear and accessories brand that specializes in, what the brand calls the “urban sandal” – a super minimal style with a contemporary, Scandinavian vibe. Celebrating 10 years in business, these sandals have proven to be popular, as have the handbag line that also developed along the way — all of which are handcrafted and inspired by the relaxed way of life of Puglia.
To celebrate the 10th anniversary and all things Puglia, ATP Atelier Co-Founder and Creative Director, Maj-La Pizzelli shares her hotspots of the area.
Shop: Bottega Ceramica Di Fasano Antonio
The city of Grottaglie is a ceramic lover’s dream in Puglia and definitely worth a visit. The dishes typical of the town’s ceramics are very much focused on kitchen utensils and everyday objects, simple but so beautiful. They are created to fit a very family-oriented way of eating together. Some of my favorite pieces are communal serving bowls where pasta for the entire family will fit.
Stay: Masseria Moroseta
This is a modern farmhouse with views over Ostuni and the sea, set in 5 hectares of organic olive fields. Masseria Moroseta is the epitome of relaxation and rural simplicity. The aesthetic is very modern for Puglia, it’s traditional Italian with influences from Scandinavian minimalism. They bring people together around food and organize community dinners where all guests eat together.
Culture: Town of Lecce
The architecture in Lecce is amazing. It’s a baroque gem and certainly the best expression of this architectural style in all of Italy. So, if that’s something that you appreciate there are so many great sights to see just walking around Lecce.
Eat: Bros Trattoria
Run by iconic it-couple Floriano Pellegrino and Isabella Potí, Roots Trattoria is a unique dining experience where you eat in a beautifully kept garden, planted with olive trees and embellished with subtle lighting, wooden tables and straw-seated chairs.
Bar: Farmacia Balboa
This is one of my favorite bars in Tricase. It’s an old pharmacy (hence the name) turned into a bar. Their philosophy is all about using local ingredients and the finest organic products from selected farmers. I come here for the drinks but also for the atmosphere.
Landmark: Rose window of the Otranto Cathedral
The rose window of the Otranto Cathedral is an iconic landmark in Salento. This cathedral actually houses a rather morbid and disturbing altar of human skulls. Another famous feature of the cathedral is the 12th-century floor mosaic.
Chill out: Bar Maestrale
The port of Otranto gets busy at night. There is a myriad of restaurants and bars to choose from and explore. The historic port of Otranto has been used since ancient times so this too is a sight to see, so to speak.
Beach: Porto Miggiano
This is a free beach where you have to climb down cliffs and bring your own umbrella to be able to stay out of the sun. The water here is unbeatable so it’s definitely worth the hike.
Favorite place: The Gallipoli sunset
It’s unbeatable – it’s such a perfect way to end the day, overlooking the ocean. Walking along the beach you’ll pass a variety of different artisans. We met a man here, crafting wooden fish traps. They were so beautiful we bought a few and repurposed them as lamp shades for our kitchen.
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