Puglia is a feast for the senses, with stunning coastal scenery, charming historic towns and a legendary culinary scene. Base yourself in cosmopolitan cities like Lecce or escape to a bustling beach resort or postcard-perfect country village.
Things to do in Apulia
Puglia occupies the southern tip of Italy’s “boot” and boasts some of the country’s most beautiful coastlines. You’ll find the most spectacular beaches in Salento, a sun-drenched peninsula home to gems like Punta Prosciutto with its gleaming white sand and crystal-clear water.
Lecce, also known as the Florence of the South, is one of Italy’s most beautiful cities. Filled with Baroque buildings and sunny piazzas, it’s easy to fall in love with the lively university city. The vibrant port town of Bari is the regional capital and will win you over with its atmospheric old town and excellent seafood restaurants.
Castel del Monte towers over the surrounding hillsides and is one of Italy’s most treasured UNESCO sites. The stronghold was built by a Sicilian king in the 1200s and is flanked by eight octagonal towers. Enhance your visit and find out more about the unique history of the castle by renting an audio guide.
Escape to the Valle d'Itria and immerse yourself in the enchanting Puglian countryside. The valley is dotted with traditional “trulli” huts built from white stone and topped with cone-shaped roofs. To the north, Gargano National Park protects the ancient Umbra Forest. Trails wind through the woodlands and take you past centuries-old oak and beech trees.
Rustic, peasant-inspired food is the order of the day in Puglia. The region is famous for hearty dishes like “orecchiette” pasta and fava bean mash served with chicory greens and durum wheat bread. Don’t leave without trying stringy “caciocavallo” cheese and deliciously creamy “burrata” made with fresh buffalo milk. Whether you dine at an upscale restaurant in Lecce or a casual café in Alberobello, the food will be fabulous.
Getting around Apulia
Puglia is well connected by road, rail and bus links. All cities, towns and villages are pedestrian-friendly and easy to get around on foot. Major train stations are located in Lecce, Bari, Brindisi and Taranto. Rental cars offer the freedom to explore Puglia at your own pace.