Something for all the family on holiday in Italy’s ‘heel’

Something for all the family on holiday in Italy’s ‘heel’

For me, Italy is the ultimate country to visit on holiday: stunning architecture, beautiful scenery, great food and wine, and you can’t help but stumble over some important history no matter where you go. Add in the skiing and hiking possibilities, great spa towns, and some serious shopping opportunities, and you’d be hard-pressed to come up with a better destination.

Made up of 20 distinct regions, Italy is a collection of older kingdoms and republics. This becomes obvious in Puglia (or Apulia), where you can still see, taste and hear the influences of its history – Turkish, Greek and north African architecture, foods and voices are all around. My mobile phone would often give me a “welcome to Greece” message while travelling around the “heel” of Italy.

Last summer our family spent a week in Lecce, right in the middle of the Puglian peninsula. Travelling down from Umbria, we had the chance to compare the rolling hills, towns and lakes with the more rugged southern region. Puglia borders two seas – the Ionian and the Adriatic – giving us the opportunity to swim in both on the same trip.

Diving in Italy: The further south along the coast you go, the more rugged the coastline gets
Diving in Italy: The further south along the coast you go, the more rugged the coastline gets

We stayed in the beautiful city of Lecce, right in the…

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