The heel of Italy’s boot, Puglia, is a trip not limited to who flock to its pristine beaches. There’s much more to this region than just the seaside—there are charming whitewashed villages, a rustic landscape dotted by olive trees and vineyards, and culinary specialties worth digging into. Here’s our curated guide to some places/cities not to miss.
Famous for its whitewashed houses , known as the “white city”, is a casbah of Arab memory, guarded by the ancient ramparts. For its architectural and landscape is a uniqueness made up of suggestive alleys, a candid embroidery of stone houses, baroque palaces and palazzotti. Around Ostuni you may discover a great variety of landscapes, parks and nature protected areas, such as Rosa Marina and the Regional Park of the Coastal Dunes from Torre Canne to Torre San Leonardo.
The nature reserve is surrounded by Mediterranean scrub and the wetlands from which Torre Guaceto gets its name: it comes from the Arabic gaw-sit meaning ‘place of fresh water’ because of the water springs along the coast. Clay or rocky cliffs with small inlets alternate with stretches of low, sandy beaches with dunes up to 10 metres high. Marine Protected area Torre Guaceto is a paradise for freedivers and divers teeming with underwater fauna, while a lush posidonia grows on the sandy bottom. In the wetland, numerous birds such as the marsh harrier, moorhen and grey heron find shelter among the reeds. Every birdwatcher will be enchanted.
Recognized as one of the “most beautiful villages in Italy”, is the only village whose historic center is made up of Trulli, conical dry stone constructions that give Alberobello an absolute uniqueness. Alberobello, in Puglia, with its Trulli is one of the 54 Italian sites included by UNESCO in the World Heritage List, it represents a unique place in the world and it is impossible not to be fascinated and struck by its scenographic impact. Since 1996, UNESCO has declared Alberobello and its Trulli a World Heritage Site.
In the depths of the earth, The grotte is A forest of stalactites and stalagmites, almost an underground cathedral, between dark corners and beams of light, narrow tunnels and vast caverns: Over three kilometres long and 122 metres deep, the breathtaking scenery features canyons, fossils, chasms, and rocks of all shapes and sizes.