A little more on the unpolished side than its rural counterparts such as Tuscany, the heel of Italy’s boot is nonetheless as charming as the rest of the country – and these are the very best Puglia hotels to book this year.
Highlights in this sunny southern region include golden towns such as Lecce – known as the Florence of the South, and with good reason – fishing villages along the Adriatic coast and, of course, the food – this is where burrata hails from. Other delicacies visitors should not miss include orecchiette pasta, sea urchins, fava beans and wild chicory, and taralli (crisp rings of dough that are just perfect with your nightly aperitivi).
BEST PUGLIA HOTELS
And if you want to see the area’s famous conical trulli houses, don’t miss the town of Alberobello and the Itria Valley.
Borgo Egnazia is one of the best hotels in Puglia, designed as an authentic Apullian village, with lots of restaurants and pools to enjoy, and even a piazza to have drinks on at sundown.
Or check in to Don Totu, a charming townhouse in a sleepy village, perfectly located for exploring the towns of Gallipoli, Castro and Lecce, all of which are within a 45-minute drive of the property.
These are the best Puglia hotels for a holiday in southern Italy…
And you can stay at a charming trullo hotel in Puglia during Good Housekeeping's exclusive tour of Puglia that takes in the food and picturesque villages of the region.
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