Puglia is considered pure heaven by Italians and travellers from abroad and is seen as an authentic Southern Italian paradise set apart from the rest of the country. This is a land that rightly enjoys its reputation of being a place of great history, beautiful landscapes, warm people and stunning food. Puglia goes straight to the heart with its suggestive scenery, white uncontaminated sandy beaches, centenarian olive groves, and vibrant local residents. The nature of this area will strike you immediately with infinite views of olive trees, light-blue Ocean, an impressive countryside and the characteristic white colour of the homes in old towns. The sun, sea and wind are perfectly blended and make Puglia a special place of interest for...
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Puglia is considered pure heaven by Italians and travellers from abroad and is seen as an authentic Southern Italian paradise set apart from the rest of the country. This is a land that rightly enjoys its reputation of being a place of great history, beautiful landscapes, warm people and stunning food. Puglia goes straight to the heart with its suggestive scenery, white uncontaminated sandy beaches, centenarian olive groves, and vibrant local residents. The nature of this area will strike you immediately with infinite views of olive trees, light-blue Ocean, an impressive countryside and the characteristic white colour of the homes in old towns. The sun, sea and wind are perfectly blended and make Puglia a special place of interest for those discerning travellers looking for a truly authentic southern Italian wine experience.

Puglia has an expansive coast and the land is covered with more than 60 million olive trees. There are many lovely medieval towns to visit including: Lecce, Alberobello, Martina Franca, Ostuni, Locorotondo, Grecìa Salentina villages, Gallipoli, Otranto and Santa Maria di Leuca.

For winerists who love wandering and discovering churches and castles, Puglia has hundreds of baroque churches, striking frescoes, fascinating ornamental patterned reliefs, watching towers by the seashore and relics depicting the regions artistic and military history. Even an ordinary walk through the villages and streets within Puglia will turn into a magical journey through fascinating periods of history. The beautiful coast, rustic countryside, and superb food and wine, make Puglia the perfect place for a culinary and wine vacation. Your wine holiday can be complemented by other relaxing activities such as yoga and bike riding through the countryside.

The rustic Puglian cuisine is a healthy mix of  vegetables, fish and homemade pastas with an emphasis on fresh seafood and locally produced olive oil which is a perfect accompaniment for Italy’s best bread (we recommend the famous focaccia pugliese).

WHEN TO GO AND FOR HOW LONG?

Puglia has enlightening enogastronomic itineraries that can be easily experienced all year round. For those wishing to combine their wine experience with a swim in the Adriatic or Ionian Sea, the best time of the year is during the Spring and early Summer months (end of May, June, early July) and late Summer (September). August can get too busy but for those interested in rural experiences (grape and olive harvest) the best time to visit the region is between August and mid November.

Depending on which activities you wish to engage in, a minimum of five days is recommended; although one day Puglia experiences can be arranged as well (cooking classes, private extra virgin olive oil and wine tastings). Public transport is limited once you are out of the main urban areas therefore a form of personal transport is strongly recommended. There are many car hire companies in the region with very reasonable prices, or you can ask your personal host to drive you anywhere.

WHERE TO GO?

  • Puglia has a variety of landscapes including Gargano, the Dauni and Murge Mountains, the Ionian and Adriatic seas, the Grottos, the Itria Valley, the Messapia and the Salento. This richness makes the region very attractive for its agro-biodiversity.
  • For sightseeing destinations visit some of Puglia's jewel towns such a Lecce, for its baroque architecture, Ostuni, for its "white city" reputation, Alberobello, a UNESCO World Heritage listed town, for its unique trulli shaped houses and Galipolli, for its historic fortress island.
  • From the translucent waters of its seas to its constant sunshine and preserved countryside, Puglia is a truly outstanding destination. Be mesmerised by Mediterranean aromas, some interesting wine roads, breath-taking country farmhouses and centenary olive trees that intertwine the crossing of cultures and races creating a priceless artistic heritage.

DON'T MISS!

  • One of the best ways to make your Puglia gastronomic experience is to try a cooking class with a local nonna in a charming farm house with a unique traditional rustic kitchen. Learn how to prepare delicious local food, based on seasonal vegetables and legumes.
  • In Puglia you will find year round enogastronomic events and festivals celebrating the territory and culture of the land, local delicacies, folklore presentations, traditions and artistic expressions. Some of the popular festivals include, Cantine Aperte (May), Calici di Stelle and Mercatino del Gusto (August), Benvenuta Vendemmia (September), Pane e olio in Frantoio (November) and a countless number of village festivals called “Sagre” celebrating food and of course our favourite thing to celebrate, wine.
  • Explore Puglia’s natural beauty and also its products, history, enogastronomic events, culinary schools, unbelievable food and wine tasting and an attractive list of recommended turns and stopovers meeting amazing locals along your journey!
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