Ostuni, Puglia, Italy

Puglia

An authentic Mediterranean holiday. Its wonderful coastline and unique charm are both little-known gems of this country.

Located in Italy’s sunny south, Puglia is a long, narrow region bordered on two sides by the Ionian and Adriatic seas. With a wonderful coastline, it has a unique character and charm, little known to outsiders it offers an authentic Mediterranean holiday. 

Otranto, Puglia, Italy
Puglia, Italy

Places to visit in Puglia

The region of Puglia is home to a number of delightful towns and cities, each with its own charming Medieval or Baroque old quarter. Lecce is often referred to as the Florence of the south, with its maze of winding narrow streets and abundance of Baroque style architecture. The Medieval walled town of Ostuni sits high on a hillside surrounded by olive carpeted plains with views to the sea beyond. Clusters of whitewashed houses cascade down the hillside and the enchanting tangle of backstreets lead to the magnificent Gothic cathedral. Also, visit the fortified island town of Gallipoli.

Inland, the central Puglian towns of Alberobello, Locorotondo, Cisternino and Martina Franca are famous for their charming old-town centres and their traditional Trulli dwellings. The centre of Alberobello is a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to the high number of these distinctive buildings and although one of the most touristy spots in the region it is also one of the most unique. The dramatic Castel del Monte is a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of Europe’s finest examples of medieval military architecture and for nature lovers, the Gargano National Park in the north of the region is home to thousands of different species of flora and fauna, including deer and wildcats.

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Experiences

It’s all here. Things to see and do, places to explore and moments to discover.

Ostuni, Puglia, Italy

Traditional Trulli Hotel

Stay in a Masserie (restored farmhouse) or a traditional Trulli hotel.

Otranto, Puglia, Italy

Otranto Jazz Festival

Visit during festival season for the Otranto Jazz Festival or La Notte della Tarante, where the traditional dance, the Pizzica is celebrated.

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Sample local cuisines

Feast on local specialities like Orecchiette.

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Puglia Scenery

Explore the stunning coastline of green wooded hills, white cliffs, azure seas, golden sands and hidden coves.

Where to stay

Some of the wonderful places to stay that we frequently recommended.

La Fiermontina £££££

  • Italy
  • City

A family hotel like no other – La Fiermontina is a hotel brimming with sophistication yet retaining a warmth and sense of place. Art, culture and hospitality are at the heart of La Fiermontina, offering the guest an opportunity to experience a stay showcasing the regions heritage and hospitality. 

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Palazzo Bozzi Corso by La Fiermontina £££££

  • Italy
  • City

Tucked away at the heart of Lecce’s historical old city, Palazzo Bozzi Corso exudes classic and contemporary design alongside a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Family owned and run, Palazzo Bozzi Corso offers a stylish and intimate base in which to explore this beautiful city. 

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Castello di Ugento £££££

  • Italy
  • Boutique

Standing tall over the town of Ugento for over 1,000 years, this 17th-century castle turned palazzo is now the home to a boutique hotel and the cutting-edge Puglia Culinary Centre. The conversion of this castle has been a labour of love. The founders, Diana and Massimo, have worked side-by-side with the designers to reach the highest possible standards of sustainability and design. This beautiful building has been home to Massimo’s family for centuries and now it opens its doors to those interested in staying somewhere that exudes charm, elegance and history.

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Borgo Egnazia £££££

  • Italy
  • Boutique

Located on the beautiful Puglian coastline, set amidst olive groves, Borgo Egnazia has been designed in the style of a traditional Apulian village complete with a central piazza where events are held. A vision in white limestone and marble the design and build of the hotel is in keeping with the local architecture.

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Masseria Torre Maizza £££££

  • Italy
  • Boutique

The gorgeous Masseria Torre Maizza is surrounded by ancient olive groves a stone’s throw from the Adriatic Sea. The 40 rooms and suites, private beach club, 9-hole golf course and verdant gardens make the perfect destination for a cultural holiday.

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My travels were first inspired by my love of the UK, which I take as much pleasure in exploring as countries far and wide. For me, travel is all about the adventure, the people I meet and the food I sample along the way.

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