Located on the heel of the country’s boot, Puglia (or Apulia in English) delights with a rich history and pleasant climate. The weather makes it an ideal spot for olives and grapes, as well as visitors, who can enjoy the area’s beautiful beaches for most of the year. But the water is far from the only thing of note here.
Like many parts of Southern Italy, Puglia’s history is long and complicated, dating back to the first millennium BCE. The area’s convenient position in the Mediterranean and its rich soil made it attractive to many, resulting in invasions one after the other. Though conquerors came and went, each left behind something unique, resulting in fascinating eclecticism.
Majestic castles, noble palaces, Baroque cathedrals, and UNESCO World Heritage Sites punctuate Puglia’s picturesque coast, providing plenty to see and do. And, of course, there’s plenty to taste too. The standard menu is a triumph of Mediterranean flavors, touting homemade orecchiette, grilled meats, and fish specialties, enhanced by locally-made olive oil and wines.
If you’re looking for incredible weather and culture, a villa vacation in Puglia will leave nothing to be desired. There’s plenty to keep you busy, as well as the simple pleasures of sun, sand, and sea
“Spend an entire day on a boat from the lovely town of Monopoli. From the coast, you can admire this quaint town and see its sea walls and castle. Also, don’t miss the chance to swim in the many grottos and coves you’ll find when boating towards Polignano a Mare. And, of course, accompany the experience with plenty of chilled Apulian rosé and local cheeses.” ―Saffo, Managing Director, Italy Division
“Experience a private visit to the unique town of Matera, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It’s famous for its sassi (stones), cobbled streets, and atmosphere. One of Matera’s best-kept secrets is its centennial bread-making traditions... and our concierge team can arrange for a demonstration at one of the town’s bakeries, as well as a private walking tour.” ―Margherita, Managing Director, Italy Division