Puglia, Italy’s hidden treasure. Uncover the region’s fine wine, ancient traditions and enchanting landscapes with this seven-day road trip itinerary.
Night One: Alberobello
This small town in the southern region of Puglia is unlike any other Italian village. Characterised by Trulli, the unique white-washed, conical-roofed houses now famous around the world, the UNESCO World Heritage Site offers a unique insight into 16th century Italy.
Where To Stay: Relais Il Palmento – Comprising just 22 main trullos (free-standing suites) built between 1780 and 1820, this five-star hotel places guests at the heart of nature. Fall asleep in an old village before waking up to uninterrupted views of vineyards and olive trees.
Nights Two & Three: Crispiano
Approximately 40 minutes from Alberobello by car, Crispiano is a small town with ancient origins. The epitome of rural Italy, this is where nature, history and gastronomy collide.
Where to Stay: Masseria Amastuola Wine Resort – Set in an expertly restored farmhouse dating back to 1400 AD, Masseria is surrounded by spectacular vineyards and olive groves. Hosting two wine tasting rooms, a barrel room, library and restaurant, this is the place to experience the best of Apulian gastronomic offerings.
Night Four: Lecce
A historically preserved, walled city at the heel of Italy’s boot, Lecce is Puglia’s baroque masterpiece. Rich in tradition and extravagant architecture, the ‘Rome of the South’ is a mesmerising tapestry of cobblestoned lanes, half-buried Roman ruins and rustic restaurants.
Where to Stay: La Fiermontina Urban Resort – Built around a 17th century private home in the heart of Old Lecce, La Fiermontina places guests at the heart of the city’s storied past. There are 16 unique guest rooms and suites, a modern Pugliese restaurant and nature-framed swimming pool.
Nights Five & Six: Salento
Home to some of Italy’s loveliest beaches and most dramatic rocky coastline, Solento is a haven for sea lovers. From the southernmost tip of Leuca, running up the west coast to Gallipoli and beyond, is a vast stretch of golden-sand beaches and transparent azure waters.
Where to Stay: Montiro Hotel – Nestled within 12 acres of impeccably landscapes Mediterranean garden, this welcoming hotel promises a memorable stay in southern Puglia. Perched atop a hill, it affords striking views across the nearby Regional Nature Park and is within easy walking distance of the charming town of Santa maria di Leuca.
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