Oh where to start! Bellissimo! Bellissimo! Bellissimo! It was my first time in an Airbnb and it was incredibly special. Giorgio, Francesco and their father were the perfect hosts. My friend and I felt that we were warmly welcomed into their beautiful family home. I honestly don’t know what anyone else could want out of this experience. I was hoping that I could hide in a cupboard and not leave but I think this would contravene with AirBnB policy.
Now to the part of the review that's more practical:
THE BEDROOM: The bed was a comfy good sized double bed, there was copious storage space for clothes, there was air-con, an inbuilt radio system in the wall (!), oh and did I mention our own personal terrace.
BREAKFAST: My friend and I were treated like Queens and breakfast appeared as soon as we sat down (between 8am -11am) and we were served coffee, fresh croissants, yummy focaccia bread and condiments.
THE POOL: As it looks in the picture!
LOCATION: 15-20 mins into town/train station on the number 4 at 1euro single ticket and the buses run late and regularly. 15 mins walk to the Famila supermarket and 20 mins walk to the Pharmacy. 20 minutes transfer by car to Bari airport.
LOGISTICS: You have a key fob to get into the driveway – remember to return it the hosts please! I was allowed to borrow the bike(there are two) to go to the Supermarket which was really helpful. There are mosquitoes in September that like the taste of British tourists. Bring/buy antihistamines etc! Any other issues Giorgio and Francesco are easy to contact and help in any way they can – just ask and remember to treat it with respect like you are a guest in their wonderful home and not in a hotel.
WHAT TO SEE/DO: You must go to Polignano a Mare (the beach and Statue of Domenico Modugno), Monopoli (La Chiesa del Purgatorio is interesting) and Alberobello! (Don’t forget to validate your train ticket as I got a 50 Euro fine on the train!)
You must eat pizza, orechiette, gelato and have an Aperol spritz! Not necessarily all at the same time.
I didn’t get chance to visit Metera or Castel del Monde....I also wanted to do a tour where you learn to make orechiette but I didn’t get chance. I might have to come back to Italy! :)