Visiting Puglia: A Vacation within the Heel of the Boot in Italy


Italy is such a preferred vacationer vacation spot that it’s onerous to flee different travellers, irrespective of wherever you go – until you go to the south, that’s. Visiting Puglia within the southern area of Italy is ideal for anybody whose thought of a vacation is settling in for some time to dwell like locals.

Puglia in Italy is an space the place tourism doesn’t spoil the countryside and the place individuals are very welcoming however nonetheless dwell their Italian lifestyle and their customs.

Right here’s why you need to take into account visiting Puglia and what to anticipate whenever you get there.

The most effective time to go to Puglia

The most effective time to go to Puglia is in spring or autumn as a result of then the temperatures are properly heat and nice and never too sizzling to remain lively. The realm advantages from its place (south east of the mountains) and is protected towards rain in order that it’s dry virtually all yr spherical. 

The benefit of the autumn time is that the temperature of the ocean water continues to be very nice (20 – 23°C) so it’s nonetheless heat sufficient to go swimming (the air temperature is about 22 – 25°C in September / October).

See additionally: Feminine Solo Journey in Italy: Why Puglia is the Good Vacation spot

What to anticipate when visiting Puglia

The seaside has just a few inviting seashores, a lot of the coast line is rocky and the infrastructure is primary. That’s the reason that the majority worldwide vacationers keep away from it for his or her holidays.

There are various little roads with little visitors and a few of them particularly signposted for cyclists. This has turn out to be increasingly more well-liked in order that you may even lease bikes there these days and manage your personal bike journeys.

There are many campsites (usually very primary). However you may also discover lodging in B&B locations, farm homes (Maserie) or accommodations simply. Seek for lodging right here.

If you happen to like strolling (mountaineering) then this isn’t such an inviting space as a result of there are just a few strolling paths and they’re poorly marked and the maps are less than Center European customary.

Trulli's are the traditional accommodation in Puglia, Italy
Trulli are the standard lodging in Puglia, Italy

Finest locations to go to in Puglia

When visiting Puglia, be certain to incorporate the under websites to your itinerary.


Alberobello with the Trulli Homes (there’s a massive space round this city the place you will discover them). Many locations supply rooms in such buildings as lodging (each Maseri and B&B) or you may lease locations that are vacation houses (usually purchased, let and utilized by British folks). 

The streets of Alberobello when visiting Puglia in Italy
The streets of Alberobello


There’s an space alongside the road of the cities Massafra, Motolla, Castellaneta, Laterza and Matera the place you will discover many aged cave settlements within the gorges (Gravinas). The most effective place amongst the various others is Matera the place a cave city continues to be settled in and preserved.

Matera in Puglia
Matera in Puglia

Each locations talked about above are the truth is extra touristic, particularly as a result of cruise ships shovel passengers to those locations; which makes them crowded now and again.

There are extra locations that are additionally value seeing: just like the cities of Lecce, Bari, Castel del Monte and, and, and… they’re quite a few.

Listed here are three locations to go to in Puglia that are lesser recognized however value visiting:

  • Ostuni: (medieval half / a bit touristic, of straightforward attain for cruise travellers) with its previous a part of the city, a spectacular view to the Adriatic Sea, and the previous olive plantations within the plains between the ocean and Ostuni.
  • Ceglie Messapicca: it’s a rural and pure place, there are hardly any vacationers; it has a particularly good and unspoiled previous city centre with none souvenirs outlets.
  • Locorotondo: positioned on a hill with a incredible view to the west onto “Trulli Land” the place you may see the Trulli scattered across the decrease land.

How you can dwell like an area when visiting Puglia

Right here’s easy methods to actually expertise the native Puglia life.

1. Make Alberobello your base

The area of Puglia is right for travellers who wish to get off-the-beaten-track and love countryside, seashores, meals, historical past, and tradition, and the UNESCO World Heritage listed city of Alberobello is the most effective place to base your self because it presents all of these issues.

2. Lease a conventional trullo*

Puglia is dotted with conventional trulli*, the whiteshaped conical-shaped homes that the locals have been dwelling in for a whole lot of years. There are various charming, rustic holiday-trulli to lease, many with out of doors pizza ovens and swimming swimming pools, and staying in a single is an actual deal with.

Listed here are two choices to think about when visiting Puglia:

(*Notice: trullo is singular and trulli is plural.)

Trulli e Puglia Resort in Puglia
Trulli e Puglia Resort. Picture from Reserving.com

3. Rent bicycles

The countryside round Alberobello is made for bike driving with pretty lanes that snake via fields and olive groves. There are a number of busy roads however the locals are used to bike-riders, together with loads of newbie pro-cyclists who zip previous sooner than the vehicles, so that you shouldn’t have any issues. In case your trullo doesn’t include bikes (bici in Italian), ask the supervisor to rent some in your behalf so that they’re ready for you whenever you arrive.

4. Study Italian

English will not be as broadly spoken in Puglia as it’s within the northern areas of Italy, so take a phrase e book and dictionary with you or load a language app onto your telephone, and attempt to be taught some language fundamentals. On the very least, learn to say buongiorno (good morning) and grazie (thanks) and when an area says grazie to you, ensure you say prego (please), as is the customized, in response. The locals will recognize your efforts and assist you to be taught extra.

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5. Take a stroll with an area information

Alberobello has an extended, wealthy historical past, so when you can wander about by yourself and take a peek into a number of the hundreds of previous trulli within the previous city, you’ll acquire a a lot deeper understanding of the tradition and traditions, and get beneath the pores and skin of the place, for those who rent a information. Ask your trullo supervisor for a suggestion or ask on the vacationer workplace.

Associated excursions: Alberobello: 2-Hour Guided Trulli Tour & Alberobello: Historical past Strolling Tour with Olive Oil Tasting

6. Make mates with locals

The produce within the native supermarkets and market isn’t very spectacular, leaving us bewildered till Maria, the supervisor of our trullo, appeared with a bottle of her personal olive oil and a bunch of pomodorini (tiny tomatoes) that she hung in our kitchen. We rapidly found that the majority locals are self-sufficient, with their very own olive groves and rising their very own fruit and greens. To get the most effective produce you might want to store on the small stalls by the facet of the highway or make mates with locals. A very good excuse!

Associated expertise: Market Tour, Dwelling Cooking Class and Dinner

7. Study to cook dinner with an area

When our trullo supervisor, Maria, supplied to show us easy methods to make Orecchiette con Sugo al Pomodoro, Puglia’s quintessential dish, we jumped on the likelihood. When she supplied to show us easy methods to make pizza within the oven connected to our home, we invited her to carry her household alongside for dinner. It turned out to be the most effective factor we did – the children saved requesting their favorite pizza toppings, so we acquired to strive all of them! It was a very memorable night.

Associated expertise: Eating Expertise at a Native’s Dwelling

8. Eat native

If you happen to’re a foodie, Puglia is paradise. This doesn’t imply you’ll discover Alberobello’s streets lined with eating places. You received’t. What it means is that there’s some incredible produce round and locals know easy methods to use it, however the most effective delicacies is present in personal houses. Luckily, one restaurant, Paradiso di Puglia, dishes up home-cooked meals, together with hand-made pasta in a welcoming trattoria simply exterior of Alberobello. Say ‘ciao!’ to homeowners Maria and Michele, and daughter Anna, for us: we liked consuming right here and wished we didn’t go away it till our final evening.

9. Drink limoncello

Whenever you consider limoncello, Italy’s aromatic lemon liqueur, you most likely consider Italy’s Amalfi coast and islands, however the potent drink can be well-liked in Puglia, and Maria from Paradiso di Puglia (see 8.) makes a heady model. Ask properly and he or she’ll provide the recipe.

10. Purchase a trullo

After we visited, locals have been renovating the lovable white homes left, proper and centre – largely for themselves reasonably than re-sale. Our trullo supervisor, Maria, informed us that it had turn out to be modern for newlywed {couples} to purchase a dilapidated previous trullo and restore it – as a result of they’re inexpensive and eco-friendly: heating and air-conditioning are minimal in comparison with fashionable houses. Hmmm…might there be a greater strategy to dwell like locals when visiting Puglia?