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Puglia Holidays

Holidays to Puglia take you to the sun soaked heel of Italy which is said to be one of the most beautiful and captivating regions in the country. Puglia is abundant in stunning countryside, sandy beaches, historic cities and splendid locally grown produce for which this food-focused area is particularly famous. Perfect for those wanting to explore by car, the roads are mostly quiet and scenic and will take you to some pretty villages, such as Locorotondo and Cisternino, which are recognised as two of Italy’s ‘most beautiful villages.’ For couples wanting to immerse themselves in the romantic Italian culture, holidays to Puglia are ideal, with the richness of ancient towns, quirky villages and extravagant architecture.

Through the countryside you’ll find clusters of trulli, the distinctive limestone houses peculiar to the area, as well as endless olive groves giving the area a classic Italian feel. Visit the UNESCO-listed town of Alberobello to see the biggest collection of trulli. Travel further south and visit the Salento peninsula, which is home to the baroque city of Lecce - dubbed the Florence of the South and well worth a visit for the Church of Santa Croce, an elaborate relation of its namesake in Florence.

Explore Puglia like no other

Citalia knows Italy better than anyone else so we can help you enjoy your Puglia holidays like no other.

If you enjoy being active, take a guided bike tour of the Brindisi area and benefit from local knowledge of the area’s history, culture and the landscape while having the tour tailored to you and your interests. There really is no better way to experience the landscape than by bike and once you’re done and have worked up an appetite, you can sample some of the delightful treats the area has to offer.

Find the hidden gems with Citalia, including the Museo Faggiano, an astounding place which was once thought to be just a house. After excavation by the family to fix a pipe, two thousand years’ worth of history was discovered underneath; from the Romans to the Knights Templar. Underneath the house are tombs, cisterns, underground escape routes and Knights Templar symbols, truly unmissable for anyone interested in history.
Destinations in Puglia
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Alberobello
The small town of Alberobello nestles in the peaceful countryside of the Itria Valley. Its star attraction is its trulli – round, whitewashed dwellings with slate-grey conical roofs.
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Lecce
The ‘Florence of the South’ is one of Puglia’s undeniable gems, offering more than 2,000 years of history and an array of architectural delights. Lecce gained its name under Roman rule and has occupied the same setting ever since, resulting in an outstanding mix of ancient sights throughout the city. 
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Monopoli
Monopoli edges right up to the cliffs and coves south of Bari. Its eastern edge looks more like a fortress than a town, thanks to the cannon-topped walls and Adriatic-view castle. They‘ve been fighting back everyone from marauding pirates to the Spanish Armada since the 16th century.
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Ostuni
Visible for miles around, Ostuni is a gleaming tumble of painted buildings and dramatic brick-built palaces, perched almost entirely on a steep hilltop. 
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Otranto
Holidays in Otranto will take you right to the bottom of Italy's heel, across the Adriatic Sea from Albania. A former capital of the Lecce province, Otranto lies in the rich olive and wine growing region of Puglia.
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Polignano a Mare
Polignano a Mare is a postcard town settled on Puglia’s Adriatic coast. Its old town clusters on a clifftop, with the newer part of town unfolding behind.
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Savelletri di Fasano
Holidays in Savelletri di Fasano, a tiny village which is officially part of the town of Fasano, give you the tranquillity of a tiny village with the larger town of Fasano nearby. 
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Selva di Fasano
Located on the hill with panoramic views over the surrounding countryside towards the sea, Selva di Fasano is a pleasant town, surrounded by woods and pristine nature. Known as the 'Italian balcony of the Orient', the town is dotted by famous 'Trulli' houses, a collection of characteristic old stone buildings. 
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Torre Canne di Fasano
Torre Canne di Fasano is a small fishing village and one of the Puglian coast's hidden gems. The main feature of this sleepy town is a long sweep of sandy beach, but the remainder of the town is a wonderfully traditional scene of peaceful streets scattered with a handful of authentic restaurants. 

Puglia Multi Centre Holidays

Take a look at our suggested itineraries for inspiration, or call our trusted advisers on 01293 762400* for a bespoke multi centre

Puglia and Sorrento

8 day suggested trip


At a glance
  • Journey west to the coastal town, Sorrento
  • Optional day trip to the stylish islands of Ischia or Capri
  • Visit Alberobello, Ostuni and Lecce during your four night stay in Puglia
From £1199 per person
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Excursions and experiences in and around Puglia

Experience more of Italy by adding an excursion to your holiday. To pre-book one of our specially selected excursions, please call our Italy Experts on 01293 762410*.
Handpicked hotels in Puglia
Discover the real Puglia while staying in one of our carefully selected hotels
Tour Inspiration

Authentic Puglia Small Group Escorted Tour - Hotel Monte Sarago


At a glance
  • Enjoy a guided trip of Matera
  • Exclusive to Citalia
  • Explore Alberobello
  • Learn how to make pasta
  • Maximum group size: 18
  • Visit Ostuni, Bari and Lecce
  • Visit the caves of Castellana
8 days from £1495 per person
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Things to do in Puglia

Puglia is one of the most captivating parts of Italy, meaning will not be short of things to do, explore and experience.

Build your holiday beyond your hotel and visit Ostuni, one of Italy’s most impressive hilltop towns. With excellent train links to Bari, Lecce and more it’s a must visit destination. The whitewashed town cascades down the hillside under the watchful eye of the 15th Century Duomo, which stands impressively at the top of the hill.

If you’re feeling adventurous, visit the Grottoes of Castellana where you can experience a natural wonder which will take your breath away. See the extraordinary stalactite and stalagmite formations as you take a tour through 3km of underground caves.
Flight Information

Flights to Puglia arrive into Bari (BRI) from London Gatwick and London Stansted or Brindisi (BDS) from London Gatwick, London Stansted and Manchester and take approximately 3 hours. Please call our Italy Experts in order to book flights to Brindisi.

Visa Information

At the current time, British citizens do not require a visa to visit Italy.

Tipping

You don’t have to leave a tip in Italy – most Italians don’t tip for restaurant meals, bar drinks, taxi rides or hair and beauty treatments. However if you do leave a tip, you might receive quicker service.

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Our recommendations

Insider tips from our well travelled team
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Linda Kulka

Hire a car to give you the freedom to explore the whole area. The roads are mainly small and rural, with motorways linking the main towns. Look out for Locorotondo  and Cisternino, which have been recognised as two of Italy's most beautiful villages'.

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Amanda Curry

The coastline in this region is lovely, and almost untouched. As you travel along, you can view trulli houses and lemon and olive groves. The towns are small but full of character, each one home to pretty churches, shops and restaurants. 

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Artan Prifti

I love the quaint little hilltop town of Cisternino, about 30 miles from Brindisi in Itria Valley. Its historic centre is full of whitewashed limestone buildings, narrow lanes, old churches and commanding views down to the valleys. 

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