Undiscovered Italy: Puglia the best of Italy
… Hugging the coastal road on the western side, we passed innumerable small settlements such as Santa Maria al Bagno, with its serene natural harbour and striped villas, and the holiday town of Porto Cesareo. Between them were endless rows of apartments and gated resort complexes; inland was olive country, where Puglia’s most famous export is produced…. (from http://www.telegraph.co.uk/)
This is how Mr. William Ham Bevanthe on the Telegraph describe the Puglia region and particularly Santa Maria al Bagno and the southern west coast.