For those looking for a luxury villa in Puglia that’s more than a little different, The Trulli is the answer. This unique property is made up of 11 ‘trulli’, once-temporary conical white houses that are now recognised as heritage sites by UNESCO....
Destination Guide: Puglia
Puglia might be down at the heel of Italy’s boot, but there’s certainly nothing else ‘down-at-heel’ about it. More ‘real’ than some of its neighbouring areas, yet no less dripping in culture, scenery and fabulous food and drink, Puglia has long been the Italians’ choice of holiday destination and those in search of somewhere less busy and less well-known now head here rather than areas such as Tuscany.
Puglia is largely made up of flat farming land, though it’s stunning in its own natural, rustic way, and a luxury villa here in the peace and quiet of the olive groves will make a wonderful base from which to discover the area, or just enjoy some deep rest and relaxation.
But there are also lovely coastal areas to be enjoyed, charming hilltop towns and, of course, the Trulli villages, where magical little whitewashed cones punctuate the hillside like beehives. If you’re lucky you can even stay in one!
As well as these peaceful old towns and villages and rural idylls, there are a few bigger towns well worth exploring. Lecce, known as the Florence of the Baroque, has scores of churches and palazzi built in the 17th and 18th century to wonder at, and a relaxed vibe to enjoy, sitting outside bars with a drink or three in the early evening. The winding streets of Bari’s old town are not to be missed either.
The main reason to come to Puglia, however, is for the food and on this it will not disappoint.
There are airports at both Bari and Brindisi.
Best places to eat and drink in Puglia
Puglia is perhaps best known for its ‘cucina povera’, literally translated – peasant food. But their peasant fare is eating like kings to anyone else. From olives and salamis to artichokes and seafood, Puglia does simple ingredients well and the area hosts many food festivals during July and August.
Luxury villas in Puglia often come with their own private chef so you can relax all evening in the comfort of your villa, but if you’re venturing out, try Osteria Sotto L’arco in Carovigno, which started life as a traditional family restaurant and is now among the most renowned in Puglia.
To sample some of the best of the local seafood, head to Da Sergio in the middle of Otrano – a great spot for people watching, this restaurant has no menu as such but serves whatever was caught on the day by weight.
Be sure to book if you want to gather round the table at home-from-home Carmela Perrone and try some real ‘peasant cooking’, including horse meat in a spicy salsa.
At Al Fornello da Ricci, one of Puglia’s Michelin-starred establishments, most of the vegetables are grown on site and the wonderful menu is served in an equally lovely location.
Best time to visit Puglia
The area is vibrant in July and August when the Italians themselves holiday in Puglia and the festivals are here but May is perhaps the most pleasant time to visit.
What we love about Puglia
We love mooching around the antiques market at Ostuni on the second Sunday of every month.
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