Where to Go in Puglia
If you’re interested in beaches and natural beauty, make sure you visit the Salento peninsula. This peninsula forms the heel of Italy’s boot and is famed for its white sandy beaches and limestone geology. This area boasts pristine beaches, white cliffs and sea stacks, fascinating caves and incredibly fertile soil famous for growing some of the world’s best olives and grapes.
There are several lovely towns and cities in Puglia that offer great architecture, culture and a laid-back buzz. Brindisi is a bustling port town with a stunning cathedral and fortifications, but make sure you also visit the town of Lecce. Lecce is known as the 'Florence of the Baroque' due to its abundance of churches and impressive streets and squares, and has a pleasant atmosphere in which to wander around or sit down for coffee. Bari, on the Adriatic coast, is the region’s capital. This labyrinthine old town of winding streets features a series of impressive piazzas and historic buildings that are well worth a visit.
Finally, don’t miss the beautiful small town of Ostuni. There has been a settlement here since the Stone Age, and make sure to wear your sunglasses because the whole town is painted white or built from local white stone. It is built on a hilltop and stands out beautifully against the blue sky and green grass.