*This is a guest post from Cottages2Castles*
Puglia is one of Italy’s southern regions and better known by everybody as “the heel” of Italy’s boot. It is Italy’s 7th largest region with almost 20000 square kilometres and it’s nearly as far East as Budapest!
What you may not know is that Puglia is known in Italy for the fantastic sandy beaches and turquoise waters, and many Italians head south to this region for their yearly holiday in their favourite sunny spot of the 800 km of Pugliese coast on both the Ionian and the Adriatic seas. Some prefer to stay almost at the very edge of the water and many return season after season to one of the famous villas in Puglia which lay amongst olive groves and vineyards and surrounded only by softly rolling hills.
In the last few years, Puglia has also become famous for being the perfect destination for those looking for luxury holidays in Italy. The combination of unspoiled countryside which can provide travellers with the peace and quiet they so desperately seek, together with the choice of top-quality beaches and delicious food in many local eateries and restaurants, encourage people to return to Puglia each year. For this reason, many of the luxury villlas in Italy being built over the last few years have been in different areas of this beautiful region.
Should you decide to visit Puglia, you must not forget to visit Bari, the most important city of the South (only after Napoli on the West coast) and the capital of this southern region. We strongly recommend walking around the old quarter. Do not forget to spend some time visiting at least one of the port towns (the most important ones being Brindisi and Taranto), as well as Lecce, which offers many splendid buildings built with golden limestone which give the town a special light unlike any other you would have seen before! This soft limestone allowed masons to work delicate flourishing details and decorations into the façades of the local buildings, and inspired their own unique style that has been named “Barocco Leccese”. Lecce also houses the remains of a majestic Roman amphitheatre dated from the 1st century BC. Some people consider that Lecce is one of the most beautiful cities in Italy, and call it the “Florence of the Baroque”. Alberobello’s city centre has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site and you can find many traditional Apulian dry stone huts with a conical roofs, named trulli, around Lorocotondo, Cisternino and Martina.
Another fascinating spot that you must not forget to visit is Ostuni, located on the coast and also called “The White City”. This amazing town was built on three hills and is famous all around Italy for its buildings, which are characteristic of Ostuni because of the whiteness of their walls. Ostuni makes for a beautiful sight on sunny summer days and the pictures you will take here will look luminous and radiant.
So why not explore the Pugliese beauty in the next few months?