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The region of Puglia comprises the heel of Italy, a peninsula facing three seas: the Mediterranean, Ionian and Adriatic. The province was once ruled by Greek, Turkish, Roman and Saracen invaders (to name a few) and displays its ancient history in elaborate Baroque churches, signature trulli houses, exquisite meals perfected through generations of multi-cultural cuisine and countryside hotels, many of which occupy centuries-old masserias (fortified farmhouses). With a warm Southern Italian climate and miles of beautiful beaches, it is surprising that there remain pockets of the region so blissfully undeveloped—and unexplored.

Cheat Sheet

  • Sleep…in contemporary comfort at the Borgo Egnazia Resort
  • Experience…an olive oil tasting in one of the region’s private vineyards
  • Splurge…on a suite at Masseria San Domenico, best for couples and honeymooners
  • Eat…a down-and-dirty carnivorous feast at Zio Pietro Il Fornello, a butcher’s shop
  • Drink…an aperitivo at 110 Cavalli Mozzarellabar with stunning views
  • See…the Paleolithic settlement of Matera, founded in the 3rd century BC
  • Visit…the best beach clubs on the Adriatic coast
  • Savor…fresh seafood crudo at Pescheria 2 Mare in Savelletri di Fasano
  • Know…that as an Indagare member you can contact our Bookings Team for customized recommendations and itineraries.

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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.

Getting There

Several European carriers fly direct into Bari and select ones fly into Brindisi.

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