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 warm welcome you will receive from local people. Puglia is the perfect destination to experience a relatively undiscovered region of Italy, packed with culture, history and natural beauty.
Puglia - Idyllic coastlines and traditional appeal
Ciao Puglia! Here’s a destination that oozes charm and rewards travellers who stray from the tourist trail with a host of beautiful beaches, natural treasures and towns brimming with history. Look out for a distinctive Truli or chose one of our chic and contemporary villas in 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.
Puglia Local Charm
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.
Puglia Holidays - Points of Interest
The awe-inspiring Baroque architecture in Lecce, one of Italy’s most beautiful cities, is simply unmissable during your villa holiday to Puglia
Encounter the unique Trulli houses that dominate the skyline of beautiful Alberobello (and perhaps even stay in one!)
Pack a picnic and leave the car behind for a day to spend some time exploring Puglia’s gentle, rolling farmland and beautiful olive groves by bicycle.
For a superb day out for the whole family, visit the exciting rides and exotic animals at the famous Zoo Safari animal and theme park in Fasano
Discover an amazing array of bird and marine life amid the pristine coastline and countryside within the coastal nature reserve of Torre Guacato
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.
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.
Authentic and characterful with influences from the Venetian rule, Monopoli is more than just a board game in this part of the world. Capturing a blend of nature and history as the Old Town stands peacefully on the edge of the Adriatic Sea.
Set on the Salento peninsula with a history spanning almost 1000 years, the Province of Lecce shows evidence from each era throughout its cities and countryside. Some of Italy's most sumptuous culinary delights are produced here.
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.
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Scores 8.8 out of 10based on 46 reviews
Reviews and scores from the last 12 months.
7 out of 10
Garden, outdoor kitchen, pool. Location close to the town
Lack of info and timeliness of rep on arrival. Also think villa time should start at 2 if possible as effectively lose almost an entire day of a week's holiday.
Confirmed stay: 22 June 2019 Published on: 24 June 2019 10 out of 10
Colsterworth Family (with only pre-school children)
Beautiful villages, extremely picturesque
Reviewer left no comment
Confirmed stay: 18 June 2019 Published on: 20 June 2019 9 out of 10
Lovely hilltop towns
Not able to walk to a restaurant
Confirmed stay: 15 June 2019 Published on: 24 June 2019 9 out of 10
Very private and luxurious
Pool (as above) location was very remote and local town was not great.
Confirmed stay: 08 June 2019 Published on: 10 June 2019 10 out of 10
Visited loads of local towns which were all very beautiful Near enough to beach
Confirmed stay: 25 May 2019 Published on: 26 May 2019 8 out of 10
Location of villa is excellent.
Villa is very characterful.
Minimal crockery and utensils.
Minimal number of pillows (feather only).
Inside of villa limiting and dark if weather is poor.
We were affected by poor weather ( rain and cold).
Confirmed stay: 18 May 2019 Published on: 23 May 2019 9 out of 10
We loved exploring all the local historic centres, Locorontondo, Aborobello, Matera, Ostuni etc. We visited as many places as we could in the two weeks and had lunches at those places, but used the villa to eat out by the pool in the evenings, and fitted in plenty of swimming.
Not being able to walk to any nearby supermarket or restaurant. Building work that caused noise nearby. Lack of ease of parking in Matera.
Confirmed stay: 06 October 2018 Published on: 21 October 2018 10 out of 10
St Neots, Cambs UK Couple
Lovely weather and location.
Confirmed stay: 29 September 2018 Published on: 04 October 2018 8 out of 10
The hilltop towns in the region were very interesting to explore.
The mosquitoes in the late afternoon and evening prevented eating outside.
Confirmed stay: 22 September 2018 Published on: 23 September 2018 9 out of 10
Bisley, Surrey Family, eldest now working.
We loved Ostuni, and Alberobello.
Wouldn’t return to Villanova or Brindisi, not much to see or do.
Confirmed stay: 15 September 2018 Published on: 17 September 2018
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