Part of the charm of Puglia is its slow approach to everyday life. Southern Italy’s rising star has ancient farmland hemmed by a sun-bleached sandy coast and is where travelers come to escape the frenetic vibe of nearby Tuscany.
This year the region’s beautiful range of private villas, many with private pools and always with gorgeous views, will be particularly popular, as it allows social distancing without compromising on the joy of travel.
Valle d’Itria, also called “Trulli valley”, has a unique fairytale landscape dotted with former peasant homes known as Trulli (plural of Trullo). These traditional Apulian structures look quaint with their beehive-shaped roofs and are resourcefully made from stones that peasants cleared from their rocky fields. These structures were easy to erect and just as easy to knock down if necessary and offer warmth in the winter and coolness in the summer months.
In the spur of Italy, Gargano is replete with beautiful fishing villages, dark and ancient forests inland, fine sandy beaches, and hemmed by rugged cliffs, secret caves, and picturesque coves. It is ideal as a hub for eco-tourism and to relax.
The most popular and fashionable town in Gargano is the medieval village of Vieste. It’s a joy to saunter through its narrow streets, passing whitewashed houses all the while being overlooked by the stunning 13th-century.
The Mattinata beach along the coastal area of Baia delle Zagare is among its most beautiful beaches with its famous stacks a few meters from the shore.
If you like fresh fish you have to try a dinner at a Trabucco, a traditional wooden fishing platform that protrudes out to sea from on the coast. You can watch the fishing process, help out if you want, enjoy a fish dinner leaving you with a very memorable experience.
The southernmost area of Puglia is defined by stony olive groves that extend between dry-stone walls bordered with oleander. It has a strong identity with its own cuisine, traditions, and music, influenced by its Greek past.
Along with some of Italy’s best beaches such as Porto Cesareo with the Punta Prosciutto dunes, Pescoluse beach (also called Maldives of Salento), and Torre Lapillo beach, there are some fascinating towns to explore such as Otranto, Specchia, and Presicce (awarded as three of the most beautiful Italian villages).