What to do in Puglia

While Justin Timberlake and Jesscia Biel may have chosen a plus resort to tie the knot in Puglia, many others of you may be new to Puglia’s charms.

As a guide for what to do there, we thought we’d offer some tips to the uninitiated.

Puglia’s sun-baked soil spawns spindly olive trees, dry stone walls and layers of history now only dotted by strange Trulli huts that remain as if left by some odd Italian alien predecessors.

Trulli houses of Alberobello
Trulli houses of Alberobello
Inside the cool of the Trulli house

On top of the searing summer temperatures, the food is immense; big bufala balls are washed down with customary 5 o’clock apertivos,while mummas mash dough to create intense, moist focaccias and cakes, and the tomatoes and fruit sing with sun.

Tiny towns are definitely worth exploring, from spellbound cave city Matera, to the city of white Ostuni whose excellent restaurants are dotted atop the white city.

Matera city Puglia
Matera city Puglia




In little towns like Martina Franca you can find excellent food at La Tana with ‘cucina tipica’ meals such as Puglianese bean soup and antipasti rustici.

Old, gnarled, proud, warm, Puglia is a traditional Italy to experience. Be sure to pack a hat and some sunscreen however – it’s baking hot and you’ll need to make friends with a nice little Trullo pool.


Eloise loves unpacking when she gets to a hotel, finding the best coffee shop at any destination, and that first G&T on the plane.

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