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Guide to Puglia

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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...

PUGLIA TRAVEL INFORMATION AND TOURISM SUGGESTIONS

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

  • Alberobello and the Trulli

    Published in Puglia Itineraries
    The whitewashed conical shaped homes or trulli of Alberobello have become the symbol of the region of Puglia in a way the famous cypress tree road in the Orcia Valley has become the symbol of Tuscany. So much so when we saw them for first time, they seemed like old friends. Yet, there are literally thousands of trulli in and around the Itria Valley. Alberobello may be the iconic city, but the trulli were essentially temporary countryside accommodation. They could be dismantled and the roof elements built elsewhere in no time at all, often to beat the local taxman in times past. Drive…
    Last modified on 31 August 2012

Guide to Foggia

Published in Puglia Itineraries
Of all the names of Italian towns and cities, Foggia could well be the least romantic. It just doesn't throw up images in the same way as San Gimignano or Urbino. Yet, it is full of history as it sits the center of the 'Tavoliere', an immense plain is as flat as a pancake and historically an important crossroads for agricultural trade. Its peak (no pun intended!) was in 15th century following a period of rule by Frederick II who liked to hunt in the nearby forests. From the 16th century it declined, was sacked by the French, rebelled to no effect…
Last modified on 13 August 2012

Gastronomy of Foggia

Published in Puglia Food
The approach to the cuisine of the province of Foggia in north Puglia can be summed up by the local term: 'a chi è convinto che a tavola non si invecchi'. In other words if you know how to eat well you'll never grow old. Read on for what they're talking about. For olive oil, fennel and sausage try Lucera. The town also produces its own DOC the 'Cacc'èmmitte' made from Troia grapes. Also look out for the vegetable paté. The troia grape is ready for picking at the start of October and the wine is some of the most…
Last modified on 13 August 2012

Guide to Martina Franca

Published in Puglia Itineraries
Martina Franca, the 'City of Wine', is located in the province of Taranto, just over the border from the province of Bari and a stone's throw away from Alberobello, the famous town of the trulli. All things considered this is very much Itria Valley. It takes its name from the tax exemptions or 'franche' enjoyed by the inhabitants when Philippe d'Anjou, the Prince of Taranto, was in charge. The Prince wanted a secure town on the summit of San Martino hill overlooking the wild valley. The 'Martina' comes from S.Martino who built the first houses for the refuges of Taranto…
Last modified on 31 July 2012

Ancient Taranto

Published in Puglia Itineraries
Do not confuse Taranto in Puglia with Trapani in Sicily, or even Tarcento in Friuli Venzia Giulia which couldn't be further away. Founded around 700 BC, as Sparta's only ever colony, it became the capital of Magna Grecia. The name is a reference to Taras or Tiras who was the son of Neptune (Poseidon for the Greeks). This ancient Greek port is renowned for its 2 seas. The 'Mar Grande' extends into the Gulf of Taranto and the Ionian Sea, while the 'Mar Piccolo' is a natural bay contained by the 'città vecchia' and the surrounding coast. It is a…
Last modified on 31 July 2012

Guide to Lucera

Published in Puglia Itineraries
If you like your history bold and brassy, you'll love the town of Lucera in the province of Foggia. Just outside the modern boundaries are two fabulously preserved structures; the Ampitheater of Romano Augusto and the Fortress Svevo Angioina. The first dates from 27 B.C. and was built on private land for gladiatorial combats. It was funded entirely by local magistrate Marco Vecilio Campo in honor of the Emperor Augustus and the gentrified Lucera colony. It could seat 18,000 people and is 126.8m long and 94.5m wide. It is a superb stadium, a bowl set 9 meters into the ground…
Last modified on 31 July 2012

Locorotondo

Published in Puglia Itineraries
Locorotondo is about an hour's drive from Bari and just 8km from the trulli of Alberobello. To get there you will take a winding road passing almond and olive tree groves to suddenly see at the top of a hill a series of white washed houses gleaming in the sun.
Last modified on 31 July 2012