Lay of the Land
There are countless quaint and tourist-free villages to wander through in Puglia. Some of the notable ones include: Mesagne, which is known for its beautiful centro storico and impressive castle. Lecce is a 2,000-year-old city known as the Florence of the South, thanks to its stunning Baroque buildings and 14th century Church of Santa Croce. The narrow cobblestone streets of Ostuni wind up hilltops to beautiful views of the Adriatic. Cisternino, in the Province of Brindisi, has a picturesque town square and authentic wine bars and restaurants to choose from. The fishing port of Savelletri di Fasano is home to Puglia’s only two five-star hotels, the Masseria San Domenico and Borgo Egnazio Resort – both owned by the region’s prominent Melignano family.
When to Go
Like anywhere in Southern Italy, the best time to go is late spring (Mid-May) to early fall (mid-October). Expect to see crowds in July and August.
Several European carriers fly direct into Bari and select ones fly into Brindisi.