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Local Tips on Puglia

Welcome to our blog page where we share unique tips & tricks, important information and captivating stories on how to experience the best hidden gems of Puglia. You can use these articles to help plan your own trip or for inspiration on one of our tours. There is so much to discover in this beautiful region of Italy and we are sure this content will serve you well on your journey.

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How to Spend the Perfect Day in Locorotondo

Pugliese villages don’t get any more charming than Locorotondo. Home to 14,000 inhabitants, and perched on top of a hill overlooking the Itria Valley, Locorotondo combines a small town feel with a spectacular surrounding landscape. As you approach it for the first time, the white-washed buildings of the Centro Storico and the nearby verdant olive groves take your breath away.


7 Unique Things To Do in Alberobello (Beyond the Trulli Houses)

After seeing all the trulli hotspots – including the Trullo Sovrano and Church of Saint Anthony of Padua – you might be wondering if there are any other fun and interesting ways to spend your time in Alberobello. The answer, of course, is a resounding yes! In this article we dive into the most unique things to do in and around Alberobello apart from the trulli. From tasting the traditional cuisine to taking epic hikes, there is far more to this Apulian town than meets the eye.


Why the Coastal Town of Otranto Should Be on your Puglia Bucket List

Otranto is the easternmost town in Italy, situated on the spectacular Adriatic coast deep in the Puglia region. Due to its distant location down the Salento peninsula (the “heel” of the Italian boot), not many travelers ever venture this far when exploring Southern Italy. This is such a shame because the town has some exceptional cultural and naturalistic riches to discover. In this blog post, we will be covering Otranto’s fascinating history and incredible attractions in detail – giving you every reason to put it at the top of your Puglia bucket list!


6 Fairytale Villages to Visit in the Valle d'Itria (Itria Valley)

Nestled in the southern region of Puglia (Italy) lies the beautiful Valle D’Itria, known as the Itria Valley in English. Set on a high fertile plain, the valley runs from Putignano in the north all the way to Ostuni in the south. Blessed with stunning white-washed villages, picturesque rolling hills, and fantastic food and wine – the Itria Valley has been captivating visitors for generations now.


7 Amazing Places Near Bari Worthy of a Day Trip

In less than an hour, you can find yourself in gorgeous seaside towns such as Polignano a Mare and Monopoli, or in architectural wonderlands like Ostuni and Matera. The Itria Valley, regarded as trulli and wine heaven, is also just a short journey away. The options are endless for Bari day trips – whether you decide to use public transport, hire a car or book a guided tour with us at Apulia Private Tours.


10 Must-Try Foods of Puglia: From Pane di Altamura to Pasticciotti

Welcome, fellow epicures, to the captivating region of Apulia where delicious culinary delights wait around every corner. This beautiful area of southern Italy, nestled in the “heel” of the famous “boot”, is a true paradise for foodies. Boasting a rich agricultural heritage, sun-kissed landscapes and a vibrant gastronomy deeply rooted in simplicity, Apulia offers an eating experience like no other on the planet. In this article, we embark on a mouthwatering journey to discover the best foods of Puglia that you absolutely must try on your trip.


12 Interesting Things To Do in Lecce

Nestled in the sun-kissed heel of Italy’s boot, Lecce is a hidden gem just waiting to be discovered. With its fascinating history, spectacular architecture and warm Mediterranean charm – this beautiful city is a destination that promises to captivate your senses and leave you spellbound. In this travel guide, we take a look at the 12 best things to do in Lecce – a place where ancient and modern coexist in perfect harmony.


Should Matera Be on Your Puglia Bucket List?

Matera, an alluring city in the southern region of Italy, holds the distinction of being one of the world’s oldest continuously inhabited settlements. Its origins trace back 9,000 years, making it a testament to civilization’s enduring history. Perched atop a rugged landscape characterized by honey-hued limestone cliffs, Matera’s unique urban layout has earned it UNESCO World Heritage Site status – captivating all who visit with its otherworldly stone structures.


6 of the Most Beautiful Beaches Near Monopoli

Welcome to Monopoli, the charming coastal town located in the heart of Italy’s stunning Puglia region! If you’re a beach-lover seeking sun, sand and endless blue horizons – you’ve arrived at the right place. Monopoli is a must-see spot along the Adriatic Sea, renowned for its breathtaking beaches that will leave you spellbound. Picture yourself wandering along the vibrant waterfront promenade, where the salty sea breeze dances through your hair and the gentle lapping of waves serenades your senses.