Bari is the second-largest city in Southern Italy with long, deep roots in the Adriatic. You can find many of the big Italian brands as you walk around the quaint little streets.
This old town contains an interesting minaret, built in the Islamic style, unusual in the area, as well as numerous churches and palazzi.
Locorotondo is one of Puglia’s prettiest towns with a famous whitewashed centre and a relaxed mood.
One of the most notable things about Alberobello is that it boasts Puglia’s finest and largest concentration of trulli. These curious conical-roofed whitewashed structures, clustered in pockets of Puglia, are an icon of the region.
Sitting on Puglia’s Adriatic coast around 30km south of Bari, Monopoli is a lovely town for a day trip, possibly in combination with Polignano a Mare just up the coast, mixing a dip in the sea with a good lunch and a wander around the old town centre.
Polignano a Mare
A shining gem on the coast of the Valle d’Itria, perched atop a 20 metre-high limestone cliff above the crystal clear waters of the Adriatic, Polignano a Mare truly lives up to its name and literally could not be any more ‘at sea’!
Built in the local soft creamy limestone with dazzling architectural surprises around every corner, Lecce is a minor Baroque masterpiece. Its spider’s web of streets offer a kaleidoscopic mix of long-range vistas, alluring glimpses and playful perspectives that have long enchanted visitors.
Rising high above the vast olive-carpeted plateau of the lower Murgia, Ostuni has long been an awe-inspiring sight for those travelling across Puglia. Strong defensive walls and tumbling clusters of white-washed houses wind around the hillside, at the top of which, proudly surveying the surrounding land, sits the magnificent Gothic cathedral.