Savelletri is a small fishing village some 25kms from my house on the coast just north of Torre Canne. Inland from the town is the now very famous US$400 a night Borgo Egnazia which is modeled on a typical Puglian town with streets and courtyards dividing up the accommodation. There is also a beautiful 18 hole gold course, so plenty of rich and famous to wander into town. Click on photos to enlarge them
The harbour boasts a small fishing fleet and in the area above during the summer you can hire motor boats to drive up and down the coast like other beautiful people and watch the crowds packed on the beach. Love it !
Now fishing boats and tourists mean just one thing loads and loads of fish restaurants and Savelletri doesn’t disappoint in that deparment. Personally I like to look a fresh fish in the eye and judge it’s freshness not hope that the restauranteur got to market today and so don’t do fish restaurants. My father was a pilot for British European Airways and so I was lucky enough to holiday in the Mediterranean in the 50’s and 60’s and even then we steered clear of beachside fish joints. That was long before the russian factory ships arrived to hoover up almost all the fish and most places started to import fish and shellfish just ask in the local fishmonger here where the vongole ( clams) come from and it ain’t Italy. Still if its your bag then this is a good place to come.
I read a great article in The Spectator about our expectations on entering a fish restaurant and the shock at the end and this article is about a restaurant in Savelletri
So when there I get just off the front and go to this little place for panini or pizza
The Bar Riviera it is called and if you sit on the table to the far left of the picture this (below) is your view as you drink cheaper beer and enjoy a fresh snack
Not too shabby is it ?. plenty of swimming off the rocks either to the north or south of the town , loads of lidos with parking, bedchair rentals etc . The sand starts at Torre Canne .
The beauty of living on a peninsular is that we have sea on both sides. If the wind is blowing from the north we head down to the beaches around Taranto and from the south then to the beaches around here and Torre Canne. Let’s have a song about a fisherman
Fabrizzo de Andre was an Italian Bob Dylan and very much for the poor in Italy. In 1979 he was kidnapped in Sardinia by bandits and held till a ransom was paid. He died in 1999.
Tomorrow I am invited to a boys only lunch cooking on an open fire and using just local produce from this area. Will tell you all about it.