A Journey through Puglia

Treasures of Italy's ‘Deep South’
Experience the charm of laid-back Puglia on this self-guided journey by car (hire car included). Discover a land of olive groves, picturesque coastal scenery, splendid Baroque architecture, ancient conical houses and delicious local cuisine, and stay in traditional masserie.
A Journey through Puglia. 8 nights
A Journey through Puglia. 8 nights

Holiday information


A touring holiday in Puglia

Puglia – the heel of Italy – has a special character which goes beyond the warming influence of the solleone (‘lion sun’) that ripens the olives and lends intensity to the full-bodied Negroamaro wines. This unique appeal is perhaps best summed up by the simple, uncomplicated attitude of its people, and a sense of slowing down.
Here, traditions run deep and family ties are strong. Flavours are fresh and bold, with a lusty cuisine unafraid to draw on the abundant riches of the land. The towns and villages, too, have a laid-back, unpretentious charm; and the landscapes, while little-known and even less frequently visited, have a colourful allure, from olive groves stretching out to a red-earthed horizon to the honey-coloured coastline – peppered with caves and lapped by the waters of an emerald sea.
Our discovery of this inviting region features three masserie of character, from which you can explore at leisure. We provide suggestions on cultural visits that take in the most beautiful architectural treasures, and recommend some excellent restaurants where you can pause for a leisurely lunch of pasta and seafood accompanied by a crisp dry or slightly sparkling white Locorotondo wine, or a full-bodied Primitivo red.


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  • Arrival near Porto Badisco
    Night 1: at Masseria Panareo (the first of three nights here).
    As your first night’s accommodation is on the day of travel, Day 1 is your first day of exploration.
  • Explore Porto Badisco & the surrounding area
    Spend your time here relaxing by the hotel’s panoramic pool, visiting the splendid botanical gardens of La Cutura, walking along the coast (we suggest a route to Porto Badisco; 8.5km, 2.5hrs) and exploring nearby Otranto. This historic port sits on a rocky spur close to the stiletto ‘heel’ of Italy. Meander through the streets and alleyways of the Old Town (literally ship-shape, within its imposing fortifications), pay a visit to the Norman cathedral with its remarkable 12th-century ‘tree of life’ mosaic, then stroll along the walls, where you might find a strategically placed café for a refreshing drink and a view of the bay.
    Take a walk to Porto Badisco
    Explore Otranto
  • Porto Badisco to Sternatia: 1hr by car
    Today, take a detour west, to visit Galatina’s ornately frescoed church en route to the fortified island town of Gallipoli. Wander its maze of streets, admiring Baroque churches and picking a fish restaurant for lunch, before heading north-east. Your next two nights are spent at the Masseria Chicco Rizzo, located in peaceful countryside near Sternatia, just south of Lecce. If you wish, you can choose to stay in Lecce itself – the charming Palazzo Rollo occupies an ideal position near the city’s magnificent cathedral.
  • Explore Lecce
    Spend today in Lecce (just a short drive or train journey from Sternatia), whose Baroque splendours have earned it the soubriquet ‘Florence of the South’. Following our self-guided walking tour, admire the sumptuous architecture, enhanced by the easily carved, honey-coloured local stone (pietra Leccese), and featuring elaborately sculpted gargoyles and animals. Not everyone is a fan, of course: the Marchese Grimaldi famously claimed the façade of the Basilica di Santa Croce was like ‘a lunatic having a nightmare’; but for most people, it works. So immerse yourself in this harmonious beauty – with its astonishing number of churches – and prepare to be stupito (amazed).
    Explore Lecce
    Beautiful Baroque Lecce
  • Sternatia to Ostuni: 2hrs by car
    Continuing north today, enter the Valle d’Itria where the rolling countryside is criss-crossed by dry-stone walls (much like our own Yorkshire) and dotted with the distinctive, cone-shaped roofs of trulli  houses. You stay in the wonderfully traditional, oil-producing Masseria Il Frantoio.
  • Explore from Ostuni
    Take an early morning trip to (the trulli famous!) Alberobello to beat the crowds. Then explore the fabulous ‘white towns’ of Ostuni and Locorotondo, perhaps sampling the latter’s renowned red wines on a tasting tour at the Cantina Sociale; or head to the nearby coast or the beach. For a walk, we recommend the archaeological park of Santa Maria d'Agnono (6km, 2hrs); or you could walk or cycle in the Parco delle Dune Costiere (16km), or at Torre Guaceto (7km, 2hrs). Further afield, you can explore the Pianelle Forest, or continue as far as spellbinding Matera.
    Viisit the famous Alberobello
    Discover the white town of Ostuni


You stay at three beautifully converted traditional masserie.

In some places, we work with more than one hotel, as shown below. All are hand-picked by us and, unless there is a price implication (in which case we will contact you to discuss your options), we will tell you which one we have booked for you on your booking confirmation.

Wherever you stay, we recommend extra nights at any base (or all three!) to give you more time to explore the local area.

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What is included
  • 8 nights
  • 5 dinners
    8 breakfasts
  • detailed cultural information
  • category B car hire

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