Less visited and more rural than other parts of Italy, Puglia (the heel of Italy's boot) is a place where low hills are clad with olive groves (Puglia is Italy’s single biggest oil producer), and long, sandy beaches are lapped by clear water. Our Italy specialists can help you plan your vacation to Puglia using their first-hand knowledge of the region. Whether you want to explore Alberobello's concentration of trulli — the conical stone houses known nearly only to Puglia — Lecce's own brand of Baroque architecture or the whitewashed hill town of Ostuni, they're there to guide you along the way.
The quality of hotels in Puglia is high, with many properties set in masseria (old farmhouses) surrounded by olive trees, each one of which is registered and protected. Vegetables overflow the stalls in local markets, and high-quality food and drink are simply a given part of everyday life. Puglia is also a place to enjoy leisurely walks or long cycle rides across the comfortably flat terrain. And, just across the border in the region of Basilicata is Matera with its unusual cave dwellings. Our specialists have explored the main sights and the lesser-known ones, and they’ll carefully plan your trip individually to match your preferences.
Places to visit in Puglia
Featuring heavily on our experiences of visiting Puglia, these selected places are destinations that also prove consistently popular with our travellers. Our specialists can help you choose how to include them in your wider trip, based on your preferences.
Suggested Puglia itinerary
This sample itinerary will give you an idea of what is possible when you travel in Puglia, and showcases routes we know work particularly well. Treat this as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.
Map of Puglia
Places & hotels on the map
Places in and around Puglia
- Alberobello Puglia
- Fasano Puglia
- Lecce Puglia
- Ostuni Puglia
- Otranto Puglia
- Matera 28 miles away
- The Amalfi Coast 132 miles away
- Pompeii 137 miles away
- Sorrento 144 miles away
- Herculaneum 145 miles away
- Naples 150 miles away
- Capri 152 miles away
- Taormina 226 miles away
- Mount Etna 239 miles away
- Rome 252 miles away
- Sicily 258 miles away
- Palermo 273 miles away
- Syracuse 275 miles away
- Villa Romana del Casale 280 miles away
- Ragusa, Modica & Noto 297 miles away
Our expert guides to exploring Puglia
Written by our specialists from their own experiences of visiting Puglia, these guides will help you make the most of your time there. We share both our practical recommendations and the best ways to appreciate Puglia at its best.
Accommodation choices for Puglia
We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Puglia. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.
Ideas for experiencing Puglia
Our specialists seek out authentic ways to get to know the places that could feature in your trip. These activities reflect some of the experiences they've most enjoyed while visiting Puglia, and which use the best local guides.