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Puglia

A sun-soaked, laid-back microcosm of Italy

Puglia tailor-made holidays

Introduction

While the likes of Tuscany and Rome grab the headlines, sun-kissed Puglia, at the heel of the boot, offers a more understated and – some say – more authentic alternative to the crowds. And, while it's a region host to arguably some of Italy's finest coastal stretches, there's plenty more to enjoy here, too, from standout food and wine to the cultural gems of Bari, Lecce and Alberobello. Trips here also offer the ideal opportunity to hop across the border into lesser-known Basilicata, whose headline act, Matera, was named European Capital of Culture for 2019

Puglia’s natural beauty

But that’s not to say that Puglia is without its dramatic beauty. With the longest coastline of any region in mainland Italy, you’ll be spoilt for choice for white sands, cerulean waters and charming seaside towns, including pretty Gallipoli and Polignano a Mare whose historic whitewash lines 20-metre-high limestone cliffs.

View of Gargano on the coast of Puglia, Italy
Gargano, Puglia

It’s all the front to rolling hills of olive groves, orchards and vineyards. It won’t surprise, then, that Puglia is especially known for its cuisine with locals eating exclusively, well, locally. It’s all predicated on a strong agricultural history; farmers’ recipes have been honed over the centuries to get the very best out of simple, fresh ingredients

Puglia’s grand cities & ancient traditions

The Baroque grandeur of Puglia’s cities owe a great something to the Spanish – Lecce’s amphitheatre is distinctly Roman and the Normans brought ornate cathedrals, not least Trani’s grand seaside offering. Perhaps most impressive are the medieval citadel-like quarters, built by feudal lords in reaction to this warmongery. Bari’s is particularly impressive.

A pretty backstreet in the city of Bari, Puglia, Italy
Bari, Puglia

However, there’s also plenty of beauty of the region’s own. Alberobello’s jigsaw of unique stone huts map its valley contours and, just across the border in Basilicata, Matera’s ancient houses are carved directly from the rock hillside. Many were inhabited by troglodytes some 9,000 years ago. You’ll even be able to stay in converted 16th century farms, fortified with watchtowers and walls to repel would-be conquerors.


 

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Barcelona To Venice & Orient Express on Silversea

15-day cruise & rail from £8,000 pp incl. flights

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Panoramic view of Brindisi

Best of Puglia

10-day tailor-made self-drive from £965 pp incl. flights

Swap the crowds of Italy's headlines for Puglia's off-the-beaten-track charms. Quietly scenic coastal drives will bring you between palace stays in medieval towns and beach-side getaways in remote settings. Along the way, there's plenty of opportunity for hikes, bike rides and vineyard tastings.

Burrata Mozzarella, Puglia

Gastronomy of Puglia

8-day tailor-made self-drive from £1,475 pp incl. flights

Discover Puglia’s rich culture, idyllic coastline and unique gastronomy on this fly-drive tour. Throughout your weeklong journey, you'll pair guided tours of the region’s heritage towns and cities with included wine tastings and indulgent gourmet experiences.

Matera, Basilicata

Southern Italy: Calabria & Basilicata

12-day self-drive from £1,565 pp incl. flights

Let scenic coastal drives knit together everything from medieval castles and Greek ruins to golden beaches and Matera’s ancient cave dwellings. It’s all brought to life by luxury stays and included guided tours.

Top places to stay in Puglia

Coccaro, Masseria Torre Coccaro, Puglia

Masseria Torre Coccaro, Fasano

Small & intimate hotel

A masseria or fortified farmhouse, this vast, walled estate dates back to the 16th century and today is converted into a five star country house.

Masseria Torre Maizza Pool

Masseria Torre Maizza, Fasano

Historic hotel

This fortified country house dates back to the early 18th century. Once a watchtower, it’s now a bijou Rocco Forte resort, although the charm of its original chapel and mulberry trees remain.

View of sea and golf course at Borgo Egnazia, Puglia

Borgo Egnazia, Puglia

Contemporary resort

There are many reasons to love Puglia: its balmy climate, smooth beaches and sculpted coves, its cathedral and ancient watchtowers, its beautiful olive groves and traditional whitewashed trulli.

CalaPonte, Polignano a Mare

CalaPonte, Polignano a Mare

Historic hotel

Set amid ancient olive trees close to the port of Polignnano a Mare in Puglia, this boutique hotel pairs 17th-century architecture with fabulous food and a first-rate spa.

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