The fairytale Trulli, small white circular stone houses with conical roofs dating from the 19th Century, help to make Puligia, Italy’s heel, an enchanting destination. As do the sweeping coastlines, rocky coves and smooth beaches sculpted by the Adriatic and the Ionian seas. Nature reserves, olive groves, green meadows and wetlands, cathedrals and ancient watchtowers, add to the appeal. And if all that’s not enough to lure you, Puglia offers some of the finest food and wine that Italy has to offer.
“With so much to offer, and direct flights, it is easy to see why the ‘heel’ of Italy is attracting a lot of interest.”
When to visit
With its Mediterranean climate Puglia boasts a longer season than most, with spring being generally warm with temperatures reaching the early 20s by the end of April. Summer is peak season here with long, hot and dry days with temperatures up to 30oC and the sea wonderfully warm. The autumnal weather typically begins in October, however temperatures generally remain in the 20s until December, and winter is normally a little rainy and milder.
How to get there
British Airways flies daily to Bari from Gatwick, with low cost airlines offer alternative timings and direct departures from Stansted to Bari or Brindisi. Transfers from either airport to Borgo Egnazia take just over an hour.
Every day of the year, in every season, Borgo Egnazia is like a breathing tale of Puglia, spoken by the ancient culture of the land and by the sheer beauty of its nonpareil architecture. Far from a resort, it embodies a brand new concept of hospitality based on local, authentic experiences.
The names of the suites in this luxury resort are evocative enough to conjure images of refined luxury and natural beauty. Choose the Orange Garden Suite with private pool and large Jacuzzi set within your own ancient orange garden, or the expansive Chapel Suite beside the ancient church in the main courtyard, a favoured setting for movies and photo shoots.
Cool and calming, light and airy; this is where soft sea breezes make the sheer curtains dance upon the threshold of your room’s terrace or balcony. A white-wash of style and comfort from the moment you arrive, and through every experience within the hotel.
Nestled within ancient olive groves with distant views of the Adriatic Sea and just 500 metres from the coast in Italy’s Puglia region, Masseria San Domenico was once one of Italy’s oldest watchtowers, dating back to the 14th Century. This beautifully restored farmhouse has undergone careful restoration and been converted into a heavenly haven that exudes traditional service in classic style with a distinct Greek feel.
Located in the heart of Saddo Caveoso and ideally twinned with Palazzo Gattini, Hotel Sant’Angelo is best described as a luxury cave. Patient preservation and renovation of over 1400 square metres of historical underground homes have created a hotel with 22 cave rooms in the original dwellings. The elegant Regia Corte restaurant is stunningly set in two interconnecting halls with walls, ceilings and roman arches of roughly hewn rock and whitewashed stone. A stay here is a one-of-a-kind experience.
Family is the abiding word at Palazzo Margherita. Located in the hilltop village of Bernalda, near Matera, it was built by the Margherita family. Together with acclaimed French designer Jacques Grange, Francis Ford Coppola has created a luxurious, authentically Italian hotel that’s palatial in style and levels of comfort.
A French businessman bought this 17th century house in the heart of Baroque Lecce to honour his grandson’s wish to remember his maternal grandmother, Antonia Fiermonte, who was part of the vibrant Paris art scene of the early 1930s. A boho atmosphere pervades this urban hotel.
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