Guide to Puglia

Guide to Puglia (88)

Our recommendations if you are planning a vacation or visit to Puglia from Bari, Brindisi and Alberobello, to Otranto, Lecce and Gallipoli.

  • Spa Treatments in Puglia

    Both the luxury Masseria Torre Coccaro and adjacent Masseria Torre Maizza located along the Puglia coast at Savelletri di Fasano offer a series of therapies, treatments and beauty programmes to get you back in shape.

    With one Spa set in an atmosferic rock or cavern and an Aveda Spa located in one o...

  • Restaurant Le Palme, Savelletri di Fasano

    Restaurant Le Palme is the gourmet dining proposal of the luxury Masseria Torre Maizza.

    It is a magnficient location for enjoying creative Apulian cuisine which combines tradition wirth more contemporary preparation and service.

    The ingredients are typically in season and are sourced from the gard...

  • Puglia Vacation in a Week Tour

    A full vacation week tour of Puglia based in Gioia del Colle and Conversano which includes guided visits of all the key destinations in the region such as Polignano a Mare, Alberobello and the trulli, Trani, Castellana Grotte, Altamura, Castel del Monte, Locorotondo, Ostuni, Bari, Otranto, Gallipoli...

  • Risorgimento Luxury Resort, Lecce Restaurants

    The 5 star Hotel Risorgimento Resort in central Lecce offers four dining options which are renowned as a benchmark of gastronomic excellence for the entire Salento and with menus inspired by ancient traditions.

    Consider the restaurants for gala dinners, receptions, gastronomic theme evenings or any...

  • Eos Hotel, Lecce

    The 3 star EOS Hotel opened in 2008 and was designed by the winners of a competition called Viaggio nel Salento for young architects and designers from the territory.

    The end product is a 30 room hotel where the charm and atmosphere of the Salento have been turned into contemporary living spaces an...

  • Hotel President, Lecce

    The four star Hotel President is located in the commercial heart of Lecce and is orientated towards business guests who also wish to spend a holiday in the baroque capital of Salento.

    The Congress Centre has nine meeting rooms on various levels and can host from 15 to 450 people. There are also pol...

  • Risorgimento Luxury Hotel, Lecce

    Located in central Lecce, Salento, Puglia, the five star hotel Risorgimento Resort was completely renovated into contemporary design accommodation in 2007.

    Together with four dining options, three meeting rooms and in-house Spa, the hotel features a reading room, shopping gallery, boutique and Fitn...

  • Bellavista Suite Bed and Breakfast, Monopoli

    The luxury Bellavista Suite bed and breakfast is situated in the 16th century defensive walls of the old historical center of Monopoli, province of Bari.

    Still owned by the same family for over 60 years, the property was converted into refined vacation accommodation in 2006 with the aim of offe...

  • Masseria Torre Coccaro Meeting Rooms, Puglia

    There are five meeting room options in the Masseria Torre Coccaro.

    They are the SEGRETERIA, SALA ARANCETO, SALA CAMINETTO, SIGAR LOUNGE and OLIVE MILL ROOM. We highlight below three of these rooms with short technical information.

    The services for all rooms include videoconferencing, translation, ...

  • Masseria and Beach Weddings in Puglia

    Masseria Torre Coccaro offers two locations for your wedding along the Puglia Coast.

    The first is in the grounds of the Masseria itself and the second right on the private Coccaro beach.

    The wedding in the grounds can be one of two types. A gala dinner or rustic celebration.

    The latter is typical...

  • Apulia Cooking Lessons

    The Puglia cooking lessons of the Masseria Torre Coccaro and adjacent Masseria Torre Maizza are held in the dedicated school of the Coccaro.

    To be precise in the converted old stables where you will learn how to prepare typical local Apulia dishes such as home made pasta, fish, meat and traditional...

  • Turisti in Puglia Incoming Tours

    Turisti in Puglia Incoming is an all female run tour company which has been active in the region for 5 years.

    We promote a range of tourism services from expert tour guides to itineraries across Puglia.

    Vincenza Sgaramella and Roberta Attimonelli will show you the splendid historical and artistic ...

  • Experience Puglia, private Puglia Guide

    Experience Puglia is your local Puglia guide for independent private excursions, tours and vacations in this beautiful part of south Italy.

    Run by travel planner Angelo Coluccia, who is located in the small town of Gioia del Colle in the province of Bari, you will have a guide who was born and rai...

  • Golf Vacations in Puglia

    The COCCARO GOLF CLUB of the Masseria Torre Coccaro in Savelletri di Fasano, is a long tee shot from the unspoilt coast of this fabulous part of Puglia.

    It is immersed in olive and almond trees and is not your usual links course. There are many up and downs and split level greens, all perfectly ma...

  • Experience Puglia, 3 Day Puglia Guided Tour

    This 3 day guided tour of Puglia by Experience Puglia is a vacation package which can also be customized to your own interests. The main tour includes daily discoveries of Puglian typical products and an Apulian cookery class, wine & olive oil tasting and visits to castles, the famous trulli an...

  • Masseria Torre Coccaro Restaurants, Savelletri di Fasano

    There are 4 dining proposals and venues available for guests of Masseria Torre Coccaro and Masseria Torre Maizza.

    Four to be precise and they are Restaurant Gourmet, Restaurant Le Palme, Cabana Restaurant and Coccaro Beach Club.

    As well as enjoyable places to eat fine dishes based on local tra...

  • Masseria Pilapalucci, Toritto, Martina Franca

    Masseria Storica Pilapalucci is a country residence located near the Alta Murgia National Park in the province of Bari.

    It is ideally placed for visiting some of the most important historical sites in the region such as the Cathedral of Altamura, Bari Castle and Castel del Monte.

    Bari airport and ...

  • Relais Valle dell'Idro, Otranto Hotel

    The four star Relais Valle dell'Idro Hotel is immersed in the classic coastal Mediterranean vegetation of the Salento coast near Otranto.

    The slight high plain also means the hotel is situated at the most panoramic point in the zone for breathtaking views of the turquoise sea below.

    This i...

  • Masseria Torre Maizza, Savelletri, Puglia

    Since its opening in June 2006, the Masseria Torre Maizza in Savelletri, central Puglia, enjoys the label of a casual chic country resort near the sea.

    It is set on a large estate overlooking the Adriatic sea and immersed in a countryside full of century old olive trees, delicious organic fruits ...

  • Hotel Sierra Silvana, Selva di Fasano, Puglia

    The Hotel Sierra Silvana is an exclusive four star resort near the Brindisi coast offering a wide range of facilities for a quiet stay in Puglia.

    Guests can choose from 120 standard rooms or 4 rustic trulli in the hotel grounds and enjoy a swimming pool, restaurant, wellness centre, private...

  • Relais Corte Palmieri, Gallipoli, Puglia

    The 18th century Relais Corte Palmieri is a charming and homely bed and breakfast in the old town of Gallipoli.

    It is located just 100 metres from the main street of the city and the perfect base for discovering the 'Città Bella'.

    The B&B is surrounded by the main attractions of the city a...

  • Masseria Torre Coccaro, Savelletri di Fasano, Brindisi

    Masseria Torre Coccaro offers luxury accommodation in Puglia for a vacation or south Italy trip complete with spa, restaurants, cooking class, golf and meeting facilities.

    The masseria dates from the 16th century and is now a superb five star seaside resort on the unspoilt Bandiera Blu shores o...

  • Hotel del Levante, Torre Canne, Brindisi

    Hotel del Levante Brindisi is a 4 star luxury beach resort hotel for family holiday in Puglia. It als oboasts restaurant, business and golf facilities.

    The Hotel del Levante sits right on the private sandy beach of Torre Canne along the Adriatic Coast of Puglia in the province of Brindis...

  • Hotel Palazzo del Corso, Gallipoli, Puglia

    The 5 star luxury Hotel Palazzo del Corso is located in central Gallipoli and is your exclusive home as you explore the art treasures of Puglia and the province of Lecce.

    It is also adapted for business, honeymoon and seaside vacations in Salento, the heel of Italy

    The Hotel Palazzo del Cor...


The region of Puglia includes Bari, Brindisi, Lecce, Taranto, Foggia, Alberobello and the Tremiti islands and can be neatly split into three general zones.

The flat northern plain accompanying the Gargano, the so called heel of Italy known as Salento, and the central zones of Bari and Brindisi typically identified with the conical trulli houses.

Puglia also has one of Italy's liveliest and most inventive music scenes. If you wonder how combining reggae rhythms and the traditional pizzica dance might sound, then look no further.

The Rupestrian villages and churches are another curiosity as are the megalithic dolmen and menhir.

The region has always been a land of passage and cultural exchange. Much has remained in the gastronomy, language, architecture and festivals of Puglia. Do visit the castles of Puglia, not least the mysterious Castel del Monte.

The white washed trulli get all the press and are the symbol of Puglia, but the many numerous masseria along the coast protected the rural population from frequent attack. Fortunately for us, many are now luxurious holiday homes beside fabulously clean beaches.

Consult our latest or last updated Puglia travel articles below, or access them from the links right divided by recipes, food, wine, itineraries, tours and trip suggestions

  • Altamura Bread from Bari province

    Published in Puglia Food
    Pane di Altamura Dop is a traditional Apulian bread product from the zone of the Murgia Altamura in the province of Bari. To get an idea as to how long and how much this bread has been part of the Puglia local food culture, the Latin poet Orazio in the 37 BC was hailing it the best bread he had ever eaten. For centuries in local agricultural society each family used to prepare a large dough of bread at home. They would then take it to a public oven or 'forno a legna' where it would cook with others made…
    Last modified on 04 June 2013

Guide to Mottola, Taranto

Published in Puglia Itineraries
Mottola is situated on a hill spectacularly facing the south west Murgia of Puglia towards the Gulf of Taranto (see image below) and the mountains of Alta Sila inland. For this reason it is known as the 'Spy of the Ionio'. Due to certain geological features, the countryside around the town is characterized by ravines and numerous canyons which stretch from Matera in Basilicata to Grottaglie in Puglia. The soft rock permitted the first inhabitants of the zone to hollow out caves or dwellings in the ravines; they were inhabited up to the Middle Ages. These Rupestrian villages were where…
Last modified on 28 May 2013

Guide to Bari and Festival of St.Nicholas

Published in Puglia Itineraries
The APT Bari has produced a set of 5 colourful pamphlets called 'Flashtours' of the city of Bari and province. Subtitled 'A Land to Discover, history, culture and beauty of', the tourist itineraries in the range are 'The City of Bari', 'The Sea and the Caves', 'A Land of History', 'The Trulli Road' and 'The Land of Altamurgia. Keep the following in mind when you next go. The old town of Bari has the longest sea front in Italy which is an impressive claim. Along the way admire the Liberty style Kursaal Santalucia Theatre and the fascist architecture of the…
Last modified on 26 May 2013

Monti Dauni near Gargano

Published in Puglia Itineraries
The Monti Dauni is the hilly zone of Puglia in the province of Foggia which borders three other Italian regions; Abruzzo Molise and Campania. Notable international newspapers and magazines are always looking for the last 'undiscovered' part of Italy, but this zone might just be it. I was invited there as a guest of the Chamber of Commerce of Foggia as part of the SIAFT (Southern Italy Agrifood and Tourism) opinion leader trip. Not only did we go, we did the whole trip by 4x4 off road vehicles, such is the terrain which remains off limits to the casual tourist.…
Last modified on 10 April 2013

Dining in the Port of Vieste

Published in Puglia Food
When the town of Vieste, was founded many centuries ago, fortifications and fortress walls were built to resist invasions by marauders and pirates. Today, tourists are drawn to the extraordinaire charm of the historical old port village, the grottoes, and the Adriatic coast. Vieste, has exemplary soil and plenty of sunshine, and thus, prolific in growing some of the most luscious fresh produce including: artichokes, arrugula, fava beans, cauliflower, fennel, eggplant and tomatoes. They all appear in the classic Puglia regional cuisine. Puglia is also renowned for its fruit, olive trees and almonds. The rugged cliffs, rustic vegetable dishes and…
Last modified on 07 April 2013

Carnival of Putignano

Published in Puglia Itineraries
This year's carnival is something like number 630 and the comune of Putignano in Bari are proud to claim that theirs is one of the oldest and certainly the longest in Italy, if not the world. Experts have pinpointed the date of the first carnival to the 26 December 1394 and, while it finishes as many others do on 'martedì grasso', the celebrations start on this same day with the tradition of 'Propaggine'. The protagonist of the carnival is 'Farinella' who first appeared on the scene in his current form in only 1953. He wears a green and white suit…
Last modified on 14 February 2013

Carnival biscuits of Putignano

Published in Puglia Recipes
Italian Traditional carnival biscuits recipe from Putignano in Puglia. The symbol of the Carnevale di Putignano is the mask of Farinella. The name derives from a dish called 'farinella' or 'povele' in local vernacular. This ancient food from peasant tradition is made with chick pea flour and roasted barley and enjoyed with sauces or fresh figs.   ingredients 550g of butter, 350g of sugar, 500g of chick pea flour, 500g of barley flour, 4 eggs, 2 egg yolks, grated lemon and orange peel, cinnamon, milk.
Last modified on 02 February 2013