Serenely nestled on the peninsula between the sapphire waters of the Adriatic and Ionian seas, Puglia forms the ‘heel’ of the Italian boot. This tranquil, undeveloped corner of Italy offers you the chance to step back in time and explore the true Mediterranean, with its miles of unspoilt sandy beaches and sheer, dramatic rocks and cliffs. You’ll find yourself absorbed by the rich history and culture of the region and the wonderful, warm welcome you will receive from local people. Puglia is the perfect destination in which to experience a relatively undiscovered region of Italy, packed with culture, history and natural beauty.Learn more about Puglia »
Tranquil Cisternino is a beautiful hilltop town surrounded by vast plains of beautiful olive groves. The town centre itself is full of historic buildings and closed off to traffic, making it perfect for exploring.4 villas 55mins Brindisi
Locorotondo occupies a stunning position with amazing views over the Valle d’Itria. A traditional town typical of the region, characterised by winding narrow streets and quaint buildings.3 villas 1hr Bari
Alberobello , one of the most visited towns in Italy and granted Unesco World Heritage site status in 1966. The old part of town is filled with hundreds of typical Puglian ‘Trulli’ - a conical stone type house.1 villa 1hr 10mins Bari
Carovigno nestles on a hill, below the majestic Norman castle at its summit. This traditional town is a maze of old streets and alleyways with rustic, picture-postcard scenes around every corner.1 villa 30mins Brindisi
The name of this historic hilltop town recalls some of the earliest inhabitants of Puglia, Messapi means “between two seas” and this is in fact one of Ceglie Messapica’s many charms.1 villa 1hr 20mins Brindisi
Packed with charm and character, Martina Franca is full of narrow lanes, quaint houses with wrought iron balconies, and colourful flowers trailing down whitewashed walls.1 villa 1hr 10mins Brindisi
Noci is a relatively undiscovered town in the picturesque Itria Valley. High above sea level, this quaint Puglian town has a small historical centre, characterised by the typical white-washed roofs.1 villa 1hr Bari
Said to resemble a town in Greece more than the typical Italian style architecture, Ostuni sits atop a hill overlooking the plains of the Valle d’Itria – boasting spectacular views towards the Adriatic Coast.1 villa 40mins Brindisi
We have chosen a selection of 13 villas from our full list of properties in Puglia. Find the perfect villa below:
Ceglie Messapica, Puglia
Martina Franca, Puglia
The mouth-watering dishes of Puglia are produced from the wonderful and abundant local produce for which the region is renowned. From delicious red meats such as lamb, veal and rabbit, to seafood like mussels, prawns and clams, you are sure to find a local dish on the menu that takes your fancy. Eighty percent of Italy’s olive oil is also produced in the region and is known for its distinctive flavour and exceptional quality. Italians love to have a bottle of wine that complements their food, and in Puglia there is no shortage of excellent local wines that fit the bill.
Puglia boasts an extremely rich and diverse history having been ruled by many different peoples including the Romans, Byzantines, Normans and Bourbons. You will also notice architecture that has been heavily influenced by Greek and Arabic cultures, especially within the picturesque hilltop towns scattered all over the region. The most well-known symbols of Puglia are the historic and fascinating “Trulli” – traditional dry stone houses with conical roofs, sometimes decorated with mystic symbols, and largely concentrated around the UNESCO World Heritage town of Alberobello. Even some of our villas in the region are renovated Trulli houses, offering you a unique opportunity to experience living in one of these curious buildings.
Set between two seas and boasting more than 750 kilometres of coastline, Puglia is well known for having some of the most stunning beaches in Italy. The dramatic and undulating Adriatic coast has small sandy beaches and rocky coves, dramatic cliffs and sweeping dunes. The more popular beaches offer facilities such as beach bars, and there are also plenty of quieter beaches on which to simply sit back and relax. Cross the peninsula to the west side of Puglia, and you will find miles and miles of white sand that make up the Ionian coastline, perfect for packing a picnic and spending the day relaxing, often with just yourself for company.
The Puglian summer calendar is packed with a seemingly endless stream of fascinating and fun festivals and events from small village get-togethers to huge regional celebrations. Festivals in Puglia are very much a family affair with adults and children alike having loads of fun, often well into the early hours. You will be warmly welcomed to join in with the festivities. Popular events include open air concerts, opera and live music including anything from jazz to traditional Italian. Religious festivals are also well-attended including the festival of San Nicola held in Bari during May, and the many events dedicated to the patron saints of each village throughout the region.
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