Puglia is the south east part of Italy i.e. the heel of the booth. 2016 we decided to take some weeks to discover this part of Italy. We visited the region of Bari, Brindisi and Lecce in Puglia but also a small detour to Matera which is part of Basilicata.
In Bari region we stayed at old farmhouse in the middle of the olive trees that once was producing fine olive oil but now converted to hotel. From here we did day trips to Alberolli, Locorotondo, Monopoli, Polignano da Mare and on the way south Ostuno. The white coned top houses in Allberolli, called Trulli houses, are inherited from the Turks and is said to protect from massive load of snow.
South of Brindisi, actually closer to Lecce, we stayed at Masseria Coccioli, a converted farm, renovated by a Swedish couple during a period of ten years. It is located close to the beaches and good seafood restaurants.
Lecce is the main city of the south. Most buildings in the old town are architected in typical Lecce Baroque style.
Otranto is a nice town but with a tragic history with reminders from the Turkish invasion. As you can see water is very clean so you can even take a swim in the center of the city.
Santa Maria de Leuca
From Otranto we headed south to Santa Maria de Leuca. The coastline is dramatic and we passed small fishing village before reaching Puglia most southern tip.
From Santa Maria de Leuca we traveled north to Gallipolli.
Matera belong to the region of Basilicata which is northwest of the region of Puglia. Matera is a fascinating city built on the slopes of the mountain. You could easily spend a day walking in this fascinating city.
Trani is a personal favorite from our trip. It is located on the coast north of Bari where we started our journey. We stayed a hotel which is a converted monastery still owned by the church. The hotel has a nice view of the fishing and sailing boat harbor.