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Known as the “heel of the boot” of Italy, Puglia is a fantastic holiday destination that is slightly more relaxed than the busier spots. Situated on the south-eastern Italian coast, its long and fascinating history can often be forgotten for its more famous neighbours. Home to the “Florence of the South” Lecce, Puglia is one of Italy’s hidden gems


Things to do in Puglia

  • See the charming village of Alberobello, home to conical houses known as Trulli. This is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the region, so be prepared and book your trip beforehand, as it is worth going to see.
  • Take a dive into the crystal blue waters of Polignano a Mare, and enjoy a truly unique meal in Ristorante Grotta Palazzese, a restaurant situated in a cave overlooking the bay.
  • Go on a rickshaw tour in Bari for the best ways to see everything the town has to offer. One part of town that shouldn’t be missed is the Basilica di San Nicola. This 11th century church is home to the remains of St Nicholas, otherwise known as Santa Claus!
  • See the magnificent caves in the Grotte di Castellana. There are two separate walking tours that operate in the caves, but we recommend taking the longer (3km) one. It’s only a few euros extra and it finishes in the most splendid part of the caves, so it’s definitely worth it!
  • Rent a car. Italy’s public transport is excellent in most places, particularly cities, but a car might be the best option for visiting the countryside in Puglia. That said, public transport from places like Bari and Lecca will take you to most of the places we’ve listed.

Best time to visit

Much like other parts of Italy, it might be a good idea to avoid the busy months of July and August. Our best times to visit would be May, June or September. The weather in these months will generally be around 18-21°C. Popular spots like Alberobello and Lecce will be at their busiest in July and August, so going outside of those months could give you a better chance to explore this wonderful region.

Why we love it

Sinead “Puglia is such a unique part of Southwest Italy, with so many great things to do. The local food is fantastic, with olive and wine tasting tours something I’d recommend.”

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