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Magical Puglia

Mark and David's verdict:

Puglia is the heel of Italy's boot. With 500 miles of beaches, the magnificent baroque city of Lecce and distinctive whitewashed trullo houses, it is one of Europe's most appealing holiday regions. The food and wine are terrific and nowhere is more than 15 miles from the coast.

Recommended tour operator: Long Travel

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Long Travel says

Tucked away from mass tourism sits undiscovered Puglia. The ‘bread basket of Italy’ is a haven to those seeking quintessential Italian experiences, not least Puglia’s distinctive trulli. An extraordinary example of Italian folk architecture, these beautiful white buildings nod to their 16th century heritage by maintaining their unique conical roofs.

  • Culture and cuisine
  • Superb beaches
  • Unique places to stay

Southern Puglia delivers acres of vineyards in Salento. The bustling town Lecce, known as ‘the Florence of the South’ offers generous doses of culture and history with its breathtaking Baroque influences.

The exquisite local cuisine and wines will tantalise your taste buds. Famous for its real ‘slow’ food culture, there is nowhere better to discover dishes you’ve never tasted before.

Boasting golden beaches, cuisine dictated by the seasons and glittering sunshine, Puglia is magical.

So, where to stay? The possibilities seem near endless but we have hand-picked the best villas and hotels throughout the region from coast to countryside.

If you prefer self catering luxury at its finest, then Trullo Azzurro, with its exceptional interior and grounds, will not disappoint.

A glorious pool, irresistible food and elegant style sums up Tenuta Centoporte. Brand new for 2016, we fell in love with this hotel for its rural location, authentic hints of Puglia and chic simplicity.

For those seeking a peaceful, agriturismo property with a boutique twist, then Borgo Naturalis should be top of your list. Owned by an organic cosmetics entrepreneur, and surrounded by fields of citrus trees, this secluded property is a hidden gem.

We bring over 28 years’ experience as specialists in boutique hotels, villas and trulli in Southern Italy, Sicily and Sardinia, ensuring our customers enjoy the very best in both product and service.

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