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Italy - Puglia

Stretching the length of the heel of Italy, this highly fertile land is made up of green hills and olive groves, vineyards and fairytale-like trulli houses, plus miles of coastline. With its wild and beautiful landscapes, favourable climate and traditional hospitality, Puglia has all the ingredients for an unforgettable holiday.

Insider Tip

Visit in spring, when the countryside is green and the weather is warm, to see fields polka-dotted with wild flowers.

In Alberobello, why not try one of the local restaurants housed in an ancient trullo, where you will find the delicious handmade orecchiette (little ears) pasta for which the region is famour. Also try the salami-topped bruschetta, which go well with a glass of local white wine.

The winding streets and trulli houses of Alberbello are home to many little shops selling handcrafted goods and individual souvenirs. The local olives and olive oil can be purchased throughout the region and enjoyed once back at home. The region's capital city, Bari, is home to some of the most elegant boutiques and designer shops, so enjoy some window shopping down the Via Sparano.

excursions in puglia Take a leisurely drive around the olive-dotted countryside around pretty Fasano, where you will find many local masserie producing wine and olive oil. See the town of Matera, just into Basilicata region, where cave dwellings are carved out of the mountainside, which is now a UNESCO World Heritage site. It is worth a visit just to experience this maagical place, deservedly favoured by film directors. Take a few moments to watch the local women making the orrechiette pasta by hand, in the town of Alberobello.