Take it slowly in Italy’s south
Discover the timeless beauty, relaxed pace and celebrated rustic cuisine of Italy’s ‘heel’ on our holidays in Puglia (also know as Apulia) and Basilicata . Its rugged Adriatic coast is the longest in mainland Italy, sheltering ancient fishing villages, tumbling olive groves and sun-bleached beaches.
One of Apulia’s most appealing features is the trullo, a little whitewashed house with a dry-stone conical roof. You’ll see many of these pretty trulli on our Apulia tours in towns such as UNESCO-listed Alberobello. Stroll through the narrow, flower-filled streets of Locorotondo, officially one of the most beautiful villages in Italy. There are many more architectural delights waiting, including the baroque architecture of Lecce, nicknamed the ‘Florence of the South’. Puglia’s traditional cuisine mimics the location in its rusticity and authenticity, while delivering knockout flavour. Plenty of olive oil is produced here along with other regional specialities such as orecchiette pasta. Lamb is abundant as well as sheep’s milk cheeses. They’re a perfect match for Puglia’s full-bodied primitivo wine.
We can tailor your Apulia holiday to your interests, whether it’s visiting vineyards and olive-oil producers or finding the most secluded beach. Our teams can suggest itineraries that will take you through scenic villages and bustling cities such as Brindisi and Bari.