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Make a holiday rental home or villa in Puglia, Italy your home away from home

Puglia (or Apulia), is a gastronomic honey pot. Located on the South East or ‘heel’ of Italy, Puglia provides much of Italy’s fresh produce. 70% of Italy’s fish, olive oil and pasta all comes from this region, which is enough of an excuse alone to take a holiday rental in Puglia! Puglia is a dramatic land of natural beauty too, with stunning views offered from the majority of Puglia's holiday villas.

Places to holiday in Puglia (Apulia), Italy

Lecce in the southern region of Salento is a city often overlooked by tourists. It is a lavishly decorated city in the south of Puglia. Light pink local sandstone has been ornately crafted in local Pugliese styles to create some of the most intricate masonry in the world. It is an undiscovered art lover’s haven.

At the heart of trulli district lies the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Alberobello. This is the ideal place to rent Puglia luxury holiday accommodation if you are looking to explore the stunning architectural and artistic beauty of Italy.

Galatina has a spectacular historic centre with Baroque churches and palazzos with one of the highlights being the famous floor-to-ceiling frescos of the Basilica Santa Caterina d'Alessandria

Things to do in Puglia (Apulia), Italy

Having been invaded by Greek, Spanish and almost every other power in the region, Puglia has a fascinating mix of architecture in gothic, renaissance, Romanesque and classical styles. Puglia is equally as interesting from this point of view as the much celebrated towns of North Italy, yet Puglia remains less crowded and completely alien to its North Italian counterparts. The trulli of Puglia are whitewashed cones build of stone, visible across the countryside.

For the active holiday maker, there are plenty of spots along the coast perfect for windsurfing and sailing, as well as snorkelling and scuba diving.

Puglia is essentially flat and therefore a cyclist’s paradise. The unbelievable scenery of trulli, castles, monuments and raw countryside mean that taking a bicycle from your Puglia holiday villa will give you a holiday experience you will never forget.

Taking a daytrip to the small islands of Tremiti is a popular excursion, where you can walk and cycle through the wooded shores of the Gargano National Park.

Weather in Puglia (Apulia), Italy

Puglia is one of the hottest and driest regions in Italy. Summers are scorching, particularly in Salento where temperatures are around 37°C, and winters, although there can be strong winds, are also relatively warm, averaging around 10°C.

Travel to Puglia (Apulia). Italy

Puglia travel is very convenient with two airports, Bari (BRI) and Brindisi (BDS), which means that all the Puglia holiday villas are within an hour of landing in Puglia. Ryanair offer cheap flights from London Stansted to Bari, so try them first.


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                                                                                            Well kept,good location near to interesting town.

                                                                                            4 of 5
                                                                                            Lovely setting, nice comfortable private terrace , great pool. Nice bedroom but kitchen small and needs more work top. Could use a jug and mugs.
                                                                                            • Review Submitted: 27-Jul-2016
                                                                                            • Date of Stay: Jul 2016

                                                                                            Lovely trullo in a quiet peaceful setting

                                                                                            4 of 5
                                                                                            We stayed in the Luxury Suite for 10 days. The villa itself was beautiful, two trulli extended in a sympathetic manner set in a lovely quiet rural setting. Both bedrooms were of a good size and the shower/toilet room was great. All three of these rooms come off the kitchen, a functional but tiny space. Work surface was limited which meant that the kitchen table doubled up as that to. Luckily there is a lovely al fresco dining area about 20m away from the villa with plenty of shade. And a gas BBQ for great evening meals. The private pool area was another 10m on from the dining area down a pathway lined by lavender that just hummed with bees and butterflies, simply stunning. The pool was beautifully clean and a couple of free standing parasols were provided to shade the pool and/ or the sun loungers. The owners helpfully provide a map of the nearest restaurants, supermarkets, banks etc, a range of tourist leaflets and a welcome basket. The welcome basket consisted of six bottles of water, a bottle of wine, a bottle of olive oil and some fruit. The villa is well signposted from the main road, look out for "Il borgo dell querce". I've given the villa four rather than five stars for two reasons: - some of the furnishings could definitely do with upgrading, for example the pillows were extraordinarily lumpy and thick and there was very limited crockery and cutlery, we'd typically have to run the dishwasher after each meal to have enough for the next - fine however running it after the evening meal meant lots of noise and "I've finished" beeping whilst the children were trying to get to sleep in the next room. - we chose the villa over all others because the owners told us that the nearest restaurant (Villa Bacco) was 1km away. The 1km was key to us because it meant that we could walk to and fro with the children and enjoy a couple of glasses of wine with our evening meal. Sadly the nearest restaurant was 2.5km away and therefore too far for a 5 year old to walk late at night. This definitely put a dampener on our holiday.
                                                                                            • Review Submitted: 27-Jul-2016
                                                                                            • Date of Stay: Jul 2016

                                                                                            Fabulous villa and the most welcoming hosts

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                                                                                            We chose this villa in the hope that it would suit the combined wishes of a couple looking for a quiet retreat and two eighteen year olds who wanted easy access to a town with a bit of nightlife and shopping and we really hit the jackpot with this gorgeous property. It is down a secluded dead end lane so it is totally private, yet is is less than 2km from the local town of San Vito dei Normanni. The roads leading to town are quiet and street-lit so you could easily walk if you wanted to although I confess we tended to take the car out of sheer laziness. San Vito has a lovely mix of bars, restaurants, boutique shops, a bookshop where we enjoyed the most wonderful evening of food and wine tasting at our host Jackie's recommendation, and some interesting architecture. The villa is also close to other places that made for enjoyable trips, such as Brindisi, the beach at Penna Grossa, Cisternino, Locorotondo, the lovely trulli houses at Alberobello and Polignano a Mare. Perhaps the best thing for us was the fact the whole region was very Italian and not over-run by tourists. Even the local market we visited one morning was very much a local affair, even though it was huge. The only touristy place we visited was Ostuni, although it is so beautiful it is a must-see and even then it still retained a local feel. The villa itself is beautifully appointed and is actually the main home for the hosts Jackie and her family in the winter months. It's an old property so the walls are thick and the rooms stay cool in the summer heat, but there is a/c in the bedrooms to ensure a comfortable night's sleep. All windows contain mosquito mesh, but because the property is away from the town there was usually a slight breeze which meant that we were not really bothered by them at all. The villa kitchen is really well appointed with utensils, dishwasher etc, outside there is a huge stone BBQ, covered area and a vast choice of seating around the pool which meant that both sun lovers and those who burn easily could all be comfortable. I can't stress how welcome Jackie and her family made us all, even to the extent of getting provisions in for us (we arrived after 11pm). Jackie was fun and friendly if we fancied a chat, and completely unobtrusive when we wanted some private time. I can't recommend this villa enough; we will certainly be returning as soon as possible and will treasure our memories of this holiday.
                                                                                            • Review Submitted: 26-Jul-2016
                                                                                            • Date of Stay: Jul 2016