Puglia Holidays

A tale as old as time, a captivating charm, and a gateway into la dolce vita, let Puglia, Italy, whisk you away to a land that fills the hearts of those who get lost in the romance of an Italian escape.  

Culturally rich with a tumultuous past, the heel of Italy is said to be one of the most beautiful and enchanting regions in the country. Known for its vast coastline, Puglia boasts whitewashed villages with pretty cobbled streets, and pristine sands that meet the clear blue of the Adriatic Sea on one side and the Ionian Sea on the other. 

Fall in love with the hauntingly beautiful medieval towns as you meander down the ancient streets or relax to the sound of the waves as they fall on the shore. Olive trees as far as the eye can see makes Puglia famous for its olive oil production supplying around half of the country’s olive oil. This hidden gem really is a destination not to be missed.  

Puglia’s Prize-winners

The ‘Florence of the South’, Lecce is the epitome of splendour. With an array of architectural delights, this city is one to admire. Gaining its presence under Roman rule, it showcases a spectacular blend of culture and commerce. There are plenty of little shops hidden around every corner just waiting to be discovered.  

Picture perfect Polignano a Mare is a sight to be cherished. Perfectly poised on a cliff overlooking the sea, the old town is rich in history. Take a visit to Cala Porto, the pristine white pebble beach that meets crystal clear waters facing the intense cliffs. 

Discover the real Italy with Citalia

Are you ready for Puglia? Well, here is our commitment to you. At Citalia we pride ourselves on ensuring you Travel with Confidence on your next Italian escape. 

We have 95 years’ experience in the industry so our Italy experts are on hand to help you find your dream Italian adventure and will go above and beyond to make your next escape unforgettable.  

We have been helping our guests discover the very best Italy has to offer for 95 years now. Whatever you are looking for, we will help you to create memories to last a lifetime

So, discover the real Italy with Citalia, your next adventure is just a call away…  
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Start planning your Citalia holiday by getting in touch with one of our Personal Travel Planners.

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Recommendations from our well-travelled team
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Erin Bridewell

Whilst staying in Alberobello take a visit to the Trattoria Amatulli. This quaint and rustic family-run restaurant is located just behind the Trullo breakfast room for Trulli Soave. There are lots of tasty local dishes to try and all very reasonable prices too (the best steak I’ve ever tasted), a handy location for both visitors to the area and guests staying in the trulli houses of Alberobello.  

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Destinations in Puglia

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.
Lecce, Italy - Piazza del Duomo square and Virgin Mary Cathedral , Puglia region, southern Italy
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. 
Old port of Monopoli province of Bari, region of Apulia, southern Italy. Boats in the marina of 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.
Ostuni white town skyline at sunset, Brindisi, Apulia southern Italy. Europe.
Visible for miles around, Ostuni is a gleaming tumble of painted buildings and dramatic brick-built palaces, perched almost entirely on a steep hilltop. 
Several fishing boats at the Otranto harbour - coastal town in Puglia with turquoise sea. Italian vacation. Town Otranto, province of Lecce in the Salento peninsula, Puglia, Italy
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.
Scenic sight in Polignano a Mare, Bari Province, Apulia (Puglia), southern Italy.
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.
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. 
Scenic sight in Alberobello, the famous Trulli village in Puglia (Apulia), southern Italy.
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. 
Relax beach in Apulia, Italy: the Regional Natural Park Dune Costiere from Torre Canne to Torre San Leonardo, covers the territories of Ostuni and Fasano  along eight kilometres of coastline.
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 Personal Travel Planners on 01293 765055* for a bespoke multi centre 

8 day suggested trip

Puglia and Sorrento

From £1149 per person
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  • 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

8 day suggested trip

Puglia and Basilicata

From £1445 per person
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  • Explore the caves of Matera
  • Stay in a traditional Masseria in Puglia
  • Visit the trulli houses of Alberobello
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Uncover a world of incredible historic treasures during your holiday in Puglia

Find the hidden gems of Puglia with Citalia, including the Museo Faggiano. This astounding place was once simply just a family home, but when they excavated it to fix a pipe, two thousand years’ worth of history was discovered underneath, from the Romans to the Knights Templar.

Today, you’ll be able to witness tombs, cisterns, underground escape routes, and rich symbology. If you’re interested in history, Museo Faggiano is not to be missed!

Puglia: the ideal Italian destination for a self-drive holiday

If you want to explore Italy by car, then Puglia is an ideal region to start.

The roads are mostly quiet and scenic, taking you through gorgeous landscapes and into pretty villages, such as Locorotondo and Cisternino, which are recognised as two of Italy’s ‘most beautiful villages.’

Only accessible by road, drive into the mountains to Vico del Gargano, known as the village of love due to a tiny narrow alley within the winding streets that nudges lovers to touch and perhaps even kiss!

For that truly rustic feel, stay in one of the region’s many masseria, fortified farmhouses filled with character.

Through the countryside you’ll find clusters of trulli, the distinctive limestone houses peculiar to the area, as well as the endless olive groves that give Puglia that classic Italian vibe.

Visit the UNESCO World Heritage site town of Alberobello to see the biggest collection of trulli, which look like they come straight out of the pages of a fairytale.

Travel further south and visit the Salento peninsula, which is home to the Baroque city of Lecce. Dubbed the Florence of the South, Lecce is well worth a visit for the Church of Santa Croce, an elaborate relation of its namesake in Florence.

Handpicked hotels in Puglia

Discover the real Puglia while staying in one of our carefully selected hotels

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 (indirect) 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.


Whilst tipping isn’t embedded into Italian culture it is always appreciated as an acknowledgement of good service. Nowadays people generally round up a bill in a bar or cafe and leave 5-10% extra on a restaurant bill. Taxi bills are usually also rounded up.
On guided tours/excursions, it is customary to leave a token of appreciation for the driver and guide.
On small group escorted tours, it is customary to leave a token of appreciation for the driver and guide at the end of the tour.

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The official language of Italy is Italian. English is widely spoken too, so getting by is easy.

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