Even the Puglia tourist board struggles to justify "undiscovered" in their marketing these days, but we think there's so much going for Italy's heel that it merits a thorough discovering. What better way to discover Puglia than on honeymoon? The heady mix of unique culture, stunning beaches and, well, burrata is a total winner.
Masseria Torre Coccaro sits just back from a gorgeous and well-renowned stretch of the Adriatic coast with a beautiful beach - Torre Canne - just a few minutes away. With the very pleasant year-round climate here, you're going to want to spend a decent chunk of your time enjoying the gorgeous sand between your toes, the Mediterranean sun on your face and perhaps the bittersweet taste of an Aperol Spritz on your lips over the next few days. We suggest you do just that for a while BUT, if you don't venture into them there hills behind you, you'll be missing out on a unique cultural treat.
Let's talk UNESCO for a moment. Italy has more of its shiny metaphorical plaques for world heritage sites than any other country on earth, and this part of the boot lays claim to a fair few of them. Perhaps the best known is the Valle d'Itria which lies about a 30 minute drive from your hotel. Otherwise known as the valley of the trulli houses, Italy's Hobbiton or "The place with the funny cone houses", if you must. The gorgeous little houses originally doubled up as grain stores due to the cooling effect of their metre-thick walls and whitewashed outers. Alberobello is the famous place here and definitely worth a quick look, though it gets very busy with the gawpers and souvenir hunters. Head instead for the likes of Cisternino with its gorgeous piazza, excellent butchers/meat restaurant, bakers (sorry, no candlestick makers on last inspection); and Martina Franca. Finally, the experience that no-one should miss - Matera, which strictly-speaking is found just over the state boundary in Basilicata. A whole citadel built into the side of a huge rock formation, it is fascinating by day but just mesmerising by night. In the 1960s when the Brussels bureaucrats were considering Italy's membership of the pre-pubescent European Commission, a troupe of the grey-suits brigade took a tour around Italy's nether regions and wound up in Matera. So the story goes, the fact that people were still living in caves there (even if very nice, large caves with the odd mod con here and there) so horrified them that they insisted alternative accommodation be found for the troglodytes before the country's membership application be considered.
Day trips to Polignano a Mare, Fasano and other cutesy Pugliese towns and villages
If you would like to book the itinerary mentioned above, with economy flights, during mid-season and staying in our preferred room category at our preferred hotels.
If you would like to pare back the above itinerary by travelling at non-peak times, staying in a standard room and removing some or all of the guided activities.
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