Puglia, the heel of the great boot, remains undiscovered by mass tourism and is Italy’s largest olive oil and pasta producing region. Much of the landscape is dominated by marvellous old olive groves which criss-cross the land. Puglia remains largely untouched by modernism and frenetic modern life. Many of those who live here bemoan this apparent lack of development, however for us visitors it is a blessing. Food and wine, as in much of Italy, play a fundamental role in everyday life. Puglia has much to offer. There are large towns such as Bari and Lecce which house some wonderful architecture – in fact Lecce is known as ‘the Florence of the South’ and Bari’s seafront promenade is truly wonderful. The smaller villages such as Alberobello, Cisternino, Martina Franca, Locorotondo, Gallipoli and the wonderful town of Ostuni all offer great places to explore and a host of watering holes. The extensive coastline ranges from long sandy beaches to sandy coves and to dramatic cliffs, Puglia is sure to charm and entice visitors of all ages.

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