Puglia is noted for its rustic hill towns and rugged Mediterranean coastline, giving it a stark beauty. Forming the heel of the Italian boot, the region has also been under the heel of a parade of conquerors over the centuries, giving it quite an eclectic collection of attractions. You can expect to see great castles, cathedrals and ruins in a range of different styles. Be sure to check out the city of Lecce – the so-called ‘Florence of the South’.

    It’s not just history you can explore in Puglia. The local dishes found at this end of the country is the rival of any further north, the beaches are among some of Italy’s most beautiful and the culture is delightful. To get the best out of the area, head out of the big cities and explore some of the beautiful countryside.

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