As you plan your next Italian getaway, perhaps it’s time to start at the bottom for a change: In Puglia, precisely, the heel of Italy’s boot.
The region offers hundreds of miles of coastline wrapping around that narrow heel, with a string of beautiful towns you’ll want to visit one after another, from Bari to Monopoli, Ostuni down to Brindisi and Lecce. Its hills are filled with vineyards and endless rows of olive trees. Meanwhile, many of its masserias—traditional farmhouse estates—have been converted into hotels and resorts, while other properties have been designed in such fashion from the ground up, keeping Puglia’s welcoming spirit of hospitality alive and well.
Bari has a busy modern airport that will connect to you the major Italian hubs of Milan and Rome. As a trip extension, head to the city of Matera, an hour-long drive from Bari. It’s barely beyond Puglia’s borders in the region of Basilicata, and offers a compelling mix of…
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