Discover Vacations to PugliaExploring Italy's 'Heel'

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Introduction

Nestled in the sun-soaked ‘heel’ of southern Italy, Puglia beckons travelers with its unique blend of history, culture, and breathtaking landscapes. Although often neglected by first time visitors, who flock to the attractions in Rome, Venice and Florence, Puglia makes for a magical second time visit to Italy. As you plan your holidays to Puglia, get ready to embark on a journey that promises to unravel the secrets of this enchanting destination. From the iconic trulli in Alberobello to the bustling streets of Bari and the baroque architecture of Lecce, Puglia is a treasure trove waiting to be explored. In this article, find out more about holidays to Puglia, and begin planning your Italy tour!

4 Reasons to Visit Puglia

orecchiette pasta on the streets of Bari
Fresh orecchiette pasta in Bari!

Mouthwatering cuisine

Puglia is a paradise for food enthusiasts. The region's culinary scene is a delightful journey through the flavors of southern Italy. Indulge in the world-renowned olive oil, produced from centuries-old olive groves. Savor freshly caught seafood along the Adriatic coast, and don't miss the opportunity to try Puglia's famous orecchiette pasta, best sampled in Bari. Often made by local ladies in the street, it’s the freshest pasta you are likely to find! Our holidays to Bari give you plenty of time for exploration, and to taste some orecchiette for yourself!

Piazza Mercantile in Bari, Italy
Blue skies in Bari

Sun, Sun, Sun

Italy is renowned as a sunny destination, popular with holidaymakers from Europe and beyond. And as one of Italy’s most southern regions, Puglia benefits more than most from the Mediterranean rays. If you're seeking sun-drenched holidays, Puglia's Mediterranean climate won't disappoint. With long, warm summers and mild winters, Puglia provides an ideal escape throughout the year. The sun-soaked landscapes, sandy beaches, and clear blue skies create the perfect backdrop for a relaxing and memorable trip.

Castel del Monte, Puglia, Italy
Castel del Monte

Unique Attractions

Puglia is home to unique attractions that sets it apart from other destinations. Explore the iconic trulli in Alberobello, traditional stone houses with quaint conical roofs that offer a glimpse into the region's rich history. Visit the mysterious Castel del Monte, a UNESCO World Heritage site known for its octagonal shape and shrouded in mystery. And roam the fortified outer walls of Gallipoli, a town sharing its name with a Turkish counterpart.

Locorotondo, Puglia, Italy
Rural Locorotondo

Charming Countryside

Life in southern Italy is more laid back and less frenetic than in the north. And this tranquility extends into rural Puglia, a hidden gem waiting to be discovered. Away from the towns and cities, rolling hills are dotted with olive groves and vineyards. On our Puglia trips, we pass through this picturesque countryside, exploring charming villages and experiencing authentic rural life. Puglia's countryside provides a peaceful retreat, offering a stark contrast to the bustling cities and coastal areas.

Top destinations on our Puglia tours

Our package trips to Puglia take in the very best of the region. Here are some of the highlights from our Puglia itineraries.

Alberobello

UNESCO-listed Alberobello is best known for its fairy-tale-like landscape dominated by trulli, traditional Apulian dry stone huts with conical roofs. Visitors can wander through the narrow streets of the Trulli district, where each dwelling tells a story of ancient craftsmanship and architectural ingenuity. Don't miss the chance to step inside a trullo and immerse yourself in the unique history of this charming town. In fact, on many of our holidays in Puglia, you will be able to spend a memorable night or two in one of these historic homes.

Bari

The capital of Puglia, Bari, is the starting point for some of our Puglia trips, and a vibrant city in which to spend some time. Bari seamlessly blends historical charm with modern vibrancy. You will want to begin your exploration in the historic Old Town (Bari Vecchia), a maze of narrow streets, historic churches, and lively piazzas. Visit the Basilica di San Nicola, an important pilgrimage site, and enjoy the local delicacies in the bustling markets. Travelers can also stroll along the seafront promenade, a great place for a jog or a romantic evening.

Trani

For a serene Puglia vacation, travelers can head to the picturesque coastal town of Trani. Known for its stunning white 11th Century cathedral overlooking the Adriatic Sea, Trani offers a peaceful retreat from bustling city life. Visit the impressive Castello di Trani, a fortress that has stood the test of time, and explore the charming harbor dotted with fishing boats. As the sun sets, enjoy a leisurely stroll along the waterfront promenade and enjoy the tranquility that Trani effortlessly exudes.

Lecce

Another top destination in Puglia is Lecce, visited on the majority of our tours. Immerse yourself in the Baroque beauty of the city, often referred to as the ‘Florence of the South’. Marvel at the intricate architecture of the Basilica di Santa Croce and the Piazza del Duomo, where the Lecce Cathedral stands tall. Wander through the winding streets of the Old Town, adorned with ornate facades and charming courtyards.

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The Best Puglia Itinerary

If you’re set on a trip to Puglia, our group tours are a great option for exploring the region. We include all of your accommodation, transportation (external flights are not included) and plenty of guided sightseeing and activities. The benefit of this is that all the hassle and logistics are taken out of your hands – we’ll handle everything! You will still be able to enjoy plenty of free time to further explore at your own pace and will be able to meet like-minded travelers from around the English-speaking world. Escorted by an expert Italian guide, you will enjoy a local’s perspective of the delights and charm of Puglia. Spend a night in a traditional house in Alberobello, explore the octagonal Castel del Monte and the whitewashed towns of Ostuni and Locorotondo, to name a few highlights.

Our Puglia tours vary in length from less than a week to nine days. If you’re browsing short breaks to Puglia, then our 6-day express tour, Perfect Puglia, is ideal. In addition, our 9-day Highlights of Puglia from Rome starts and ends in the Italian capital, making logistics even easier! Puglia Discovery is a 9-day deep-dive into the region, whilst our 6-day Puglia, Pompeii & Amalfi covers the highlights of Puglia whilst also visiting some of southern Italy’s main attractions. Our longest Puglia tour is Milan to Rome, Puglia and Amalfi, taking in the best of mainland Italy including Cinque Terre, Florence, Pisa, Rome, Pompeii and the Amalfi Coast alongside Puglia.

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Conclusion

Our range of holidays to Puglia ensure a memorable trip to one of Italy’s most captivating regions. Our Puglia tours are packed with inclusions and take all the hard work out of your hands. Our expert team are on hand for any questions you may have, and you can check out the rest of our Italy Travel Guide for help planning your trip!

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