Postcards from Puglia

The medieval town of Polignano a Mare has is one of the most liveliest summers spots in Puglia.

The medieval town of Polignano a Mare has is one of the most liveliest summers spots in Puglia.

This region at the southern heel of Italy has sheer natural beauty, authenticity, charm and substance. Whether it's visiting the whitewashed trullo houses in Alberobello, visiting olive groves and orchards or swimming in seas with the deepest shade of blue, this Italian region has something special. It borders the Adriatic Sea to the east, the Ionian Sea ...Puglia's coastline is one of the longest in Italy, making it a hit destination for Italians. 

The region is divided into six provinces: Bari (which is the regional capital), Brindisi, Foggia, Lecce, Taranto and the recently-constituted province of Barletta-Andria-Trani. We had the pleasure of discovering Bari, Trani, Polignano a Mare with Livio from Zest of Italy and we thoroughly recommend a guide if you want to unearth some local aspects of the towns. Our stay was based between rustic retreats Masseria Alchimia and Masseria Potenti. Thanks to Ad Pugliam, we got to experience the tourist-laden but historical and picturesque town Alberobello. Here we share some of our favourite pictures from our time in the enchanting Apulia.

These cone-roofed houses of Alberobello are one of the most visited UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Italy.

These cone-roofed houses of Alberobello are one of the most visited UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Italy.

The Trani harbour with Trani Cathedral in the background.

The Trani harbour with Trani Cathedral in the background.

Ristorante Corteinfiore in Trani mostly serves up fresh fish on the day paired up with local wine.

Ristorante Corteinfiore in Trani mostly serves up fresh fish on the day paired up with local wine.

The centre of Alberobello houses some of the most beautiful trulli houses with flower pots.

The centre of Alberobello houses some of the most beautiful trulli houses with flower pots.

Masseria Potenti is a stylish country resort in between Taranto and Lecce. 

Masseria Potenti is a stylish country resort in between Taranto and Lecce. 

Nicknamed "City of Olives", Bitonto keeps ancient traditions alive like their earth ovens.

Nicknamed "City of Olives", Bitonto keeps ancient traditions alive like their earth ovens.

Fried stuffed zucchini flower wraps from Masseria Potenti.

Fried stuffed zucchini flower wraps from Masseria Potenti.

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