Luxury Puglia Holidays: An Overview

The far side and a far cry from the Amalfi Coast, Puglia, on the heel of Italy's boot, is a holiday destination apart both culturally and geographically. The region has attracted more than its fair share of travel magazine column inches in the last couple of years, yet still remains relatively untouched and is well worth exploring on a luxury holiday.

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  • Legend has it that the trulli were built using dry stone techniques - ie: without any cement or mortar - to avoid property taxes. When the locals heard the tax collectors were coming, they simply dismantled the houses. Might help explain modern Italy's expertise at tax avoidance.

Luxury Holidays in Puglia: The Detail

The luxury holiday vibe in Puglia could not be more different from the glitziness of the Italian Riviera. Where the west coast is all sheer sea cliffs and super-slick hotels, Puglia specialises in mile upon mile of wide open beaches and hotels converted from centuries old fortified farmhouses. Stay in one of these elegantly refurbished masserias, which are opening up along the coastline, and enjoy the region's good weather, deserted beaches and hilltop towns that feel unchanged for centuries.

The signature sight on a luxury holiday in Puglia is the conical-roofed dry stone trulli houses in many villages. These thick walled buildings - some many centuries old - are synonymous with the Itria Valley region, and the town of Alberobello alone has more than 1500.

Another place well worth a visit is Matera, a fortified hill town so ancient in look and feel it was used to film several scenes of Mel Gibson's 'The Passion of the Christ.'


Top picks for Puglia

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Furnirussi Tenuta

Puglia

Nestled into Europe’s largest organic fig plantation, Furnirussi Tenuta offers a luxury hideaway in the heart of Puglia.

Where to stay

Swimming Pool at Masseria Torre Maizza, luxury hotel in italy

Masseria Torre Maizza

Puglia

The more elegant and sophisticated sister property of Masseria Torre Coccaro, is about five minutes’ walk across an olive grove and located on a nine hole golf course.

Where to stay

Masseria San Domenico hotel, luxury hotel in Italy

Masseria San Domenico

Puglia

Located on the Adriatic coast of Puglia, the Masseria San Domenico is one of the finest hotels in south east Italy.

Where to stay

Masseria Torre Coccaro hotel, luxury hotel in Puglia, Italy

Masseria Torre Coccaro

Puglia

Masseria Torre Coccaro is a 16th-century watchtower just outside the ancient fishing village of Savelletri di Fasano near Brindisi.

Where to stay

La Fiermontina

La Fiermontina

Puglia

In case you hadn’t already guessed, Puglia is easily one of our favourite places in Italy and so we’re really excited about La Fiermontina – a 16 suite labour of love set amidst the 18th century Baroque churches of Lecce’s historical centre.

Where to stay

Borgo Egnazia

Borgo Egnazia

Puglia

From the owners of the Masserias San Domenico and Cimono respectively comes Borgo Egnazia, the single smartest luxury hotel on the Puglian coast, with private villas for families and a boutique hotel for couples.

Where to stay

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