If you are planning your next trip to Italy, you will be spoiled for choice when it comes to choosing from the variety of villages and cities that are waiting for you to discover.

However, there is one special region that you should lock, the humble, laid-back region of Puglia.

Located along the south-east side of Italy, Puglia boasts Tuscan charm and excellent hospitality. With an abundance of exploration opportunities, this warm and inviting area is perfect for new and seasoned tourists. But where should you go on your Puglian adventure?


Alberobello, Puglia

For those who want to add a touch of whimsy to your Italian trip, then Alberobello is the place to visit!

This small, Italian town boasts narrow, hilly streets, and white houses that are reminiscent of those found in fairy tales. Roofs are cone-shaped and, on the odd occasion, feature unique markings painted in white.

These small, unique historical homes are called “Trulli,” and are the key defining feature of this quaint town.

While the Trulli are a core part of what makes this city remarkable, there are a number of things you can do while you are here that can leave a positive, lasting impression.

If you are a wine aficionado, then make sure to swing past the Cantina Museo Albea – the Museum of Wine.

Here, you can learn about the rich history of this beloved beverage, all the while taking in the charming sights whilst sipping on fine Italian wines.

Traditional "Trulli" houses of the Apulia region
Traditional “Trulli” houses of the Apulia region

Lecce, Puglia

Next up on our list is the ancient wonder that is Lecce – one of the most beautiful cities in Puglia. Despite the city’s small size, Lecce features plenty of opportunities for ample exploration.

If you are an ancient history buff, then you are in luck! Lecce is home to an ancient Roman amphitheatre.

Once seating up to an impressive 14,000 spectators across its two tiers, only the lower tier remains today.

Having said that, be sure to see if there are any concerts happening in this ancient arena.

The Lecce cathedral is a remarkable sight, especially when it is illuminated at night.

Originally built in 1144, then rebuilt hundreds of years later, the cathedral embodies the distinct and decorative baroque style that Lecce is known for.

You can also pay a small fee to go up the elevator for a bird’s eye view of Lecce, right from the cathedral’s bell tower.

The historical city centre of Lecce.
The historical city centre of Lecce.

Polignano a Mare, Puglia

Perched high atop the limestone cliffs and overlooking the clear waters of the Adriatic, Polignano a Mare is the perfect stop on your Italian trip if you are looking for a beachy retreat.

Though this town is small, its picturesque streets and scenery allow for ample discovery.

You can grab an Italian coffee and wander the streets, maybe stopping by the beach. Or you can buy some of the town’s tantalising ice cream, which is the perfect treat on a warm summer night.

The cliffs that overlook the crystal-clear waters give thrill-seekers the opportunity to do some free-form diving.

Though should you go down this route, ensure that all people dive safely and respect the rules of the beach.

Puglia is a serene, humble, and charming area of Italy that should be a must-have on your travelling list.

From ancient wonders to pristine beaches, this area of Italy has an adventure to suit all travellers.

Polignano a Mare in Puglia is a popular seaside town
Polignano a Mare in Puglia is a popular seaside town

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