The heel of Italy’s boot, Puglia, is a trip not limited to who flock to its pristine beaches. There’s much more to this region than just the seaside—there are charming whitewashed villages, a rustic landscape dotted by olive trees and vineyards, and culinary specialties worth digging into. Here’s our curated guide to some places/cities not to miss.
Ostuni "the white city"
Famous for its whitewashed houses , known as the “white city”, is a casbah of Arab memory, guarded by the ancient ramparts. For its architectural and landscape is a uniqueness made up of suggestive alleys, a candid embroidery of stone houses, baroque palaces and palazzotti. Around Ostuni you may discover a great variety of landscapes, parks and nature protected areas, such as Rosa Marina and the Regional Park of the Coastal Dunes from Torre Canne to Torre San Leonardo.
Recognized as one of the “most beautiful villages in Italy”, is the only village whose historic center is made up of Trulli, conical dry stone constructions that give Alberobello an absolute uniqueness. Alberobello, in Puglia, with its Trulli is one of the 54 Italian sites included by UNESCO in the World Heritage List, it represents a unique place in the world and it is impossible not to be fascinated and struck by its scenographic impact. Since 1996, UNESCO has declared Alberobello and its Trulli a World Heritage Site.
In the depths of the earth, The grotte is A forest of stalactites and stalagmites, almost an underground cathedral, between dark corners and beams of light, narrow tunnels and vast caverns: Over three kilometres long and 122 metres deep, the breathtaking scenery features canyons, fossils, chasms, and rocks of all shapes and sizes.