Joanna Booth falls in love with Puglia, the region in the heel of Italy’s boot…
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Puglia is a long, thin region, stretching right up the back of the heel of Italy’s boot. To make the most of it, Sardatur recommends hiring a car, as public transport isn’t particularly extensive.
The central area near Bari has been the most popular with British tourists, with some lovely seaside spots, including the pretty town of Polignano a Mare, and Torre Canne, which has a particularly fine beach.
The area is also home to those photogenic trulli, with the largest collection to be found at Unesco World Heritage Site Alberobello. Wandering the quiet streets among these quirky buildings is a lovely way to pass a morning, before moving on to nearby Locorotondo, a picture-perfect hilltop village with views over the villages and olive groves of the Valle d’Itria.
Nearby, the underground network of natural caves at Grotte di Castellane is a great adventure for families, and further north, the 13th-century Castel del Monte, an octagon of honey-coloured stone, has a fascinating history as a citadel, prison and plague refuge.
In the south, Lecce is the main city of the Salentine Peninsula, and is so packed with baroque architecture it’s been dubbed the Florence of the South. Along with many churches and an ornate cathedral, there’s a triumphal arch and a half-buried Roman amphitheatre.
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