Tucked away in the heel of Italy’s boot, is a little known region beloved by Italian holidaymakers from the north and happily, so far largely undiscovered by the rest of the world.
Puglia is a huge, rustic, cacti covered region with crumbling white towns tucked into hillsides and beaches that wouldn’t be out of place somewhere far more tropical.
We tried to cover as much as we could in the time that we had (there’s a lot to see!) whilst still giving ourselves a bit of downtime to relax and unwind.
The first stop on our tour was Polignano-a-Mare. Here you’ll find one of the most iconic spots in Puglia; Cala Porto beach. This tiny pebble beach is surrounded by cliffs, white-washed houses and beautiful clear blue sea below – you have to pay this place a visit. Explore the pretty streets and perch outside one of the many cafes to refuel with macchiato.
With time ticking on and the midday heat taking it’s toll, we decided to head for home.
Set 2km down a dusty track in a super rustic spot is Masseria Morrone. A plain and simple farmhouse from the outside, with a magical courtyard on the inside. Soft stone walls covered in pretty pink flowers, fresh figs soaking up the sun; I couldn’t have asked for a more perfectly authentic setting.
The icing on the cake? A rooftop with panoramic views from the sea to the hills that you can enjoy from breakfast right through to sunset…
Grab yourself a pizza and bottle of wine, pop some music on and enjoy!
And when the sun has disappeared behind the hills, retreat back down to the candlelit courtyard.
The next day we set off for Alberobello, a tiny town made up of Trulli dwellings (stone houses built by farmers using no mortar.. in case you were wondering!)
It’s beautiful, but tourists flock here. We were there about midday and it was very busy! To really enjoy it, my advice would be to get there early and get out again. There’s lots of little cafes so you could even get a bite to eat to keep you going up and down all those hills!
From Alberobello to Locorotondo for a wander around the old town and a little sustenance. If you’re looking for a town that’s been completely untouched by tourism, this is it! You could easily lose yourself here for a few hours.
And finally, finishing the day off back in Ostuni!
Meandering through (even more!) beautiful streets we settled in for dinner at Dish. Nestled into a little hillside, the food here was just ok, but the view of the sunset over the white city certainly makes up for it.
Picture perfect as the lights start twinkling against the night sky.
Happy? Me? Just a little!