With more UNESCO sites than any other country on Earth, Italy is filled with pockets of wonders waiting to be explored. Discover Puglia in the south; renowned for whitewashed hill towns, fairytale cottages, alluring countryside and the sweeping Mediterranean coastline.
When to go
Commence your journey in the wonderfully underrated region of Puglia, a tranquil land that oozes a sense of true Italy. Be stunned by the beautiful landscapes whilst delighting in superb food and wine in the region where top-quality local produce is fused with authentic Italian home cooking to create the ultimate dining experiences.
From your luxurious ocean-facing hotel, venture into the Puglian countryside on bicycles or horseback to soak up sensational scenery at a slower pace. In a small fleet of old-school vintage cars, embark on a stylish tour to the most stunning corners of the region where an exclusive countryside picnic awaits. Dependent on the season, delight in traditional festivals, harvest celebrations, artisan markets and world-famous DJs from the gorgeous Piazza. Head down the Puglia’s beautiful beaches, following the scenic coastal paths and stopping to cool off in crystal clear waters. Delve further into the water on a beautiful gullet-style tall ship where you will uncover hidden coves and caves before delighting in sundowners as the sky changes colour over the ocean. Returning to land, indulge in a delectable menu of local seafood overlooking the expansive coastline.
Experience Italy from a helicopter as you soar above striking topography, gaining remarkable vistas of the Adriatic and Ionian seas. Marvel at the monumental scale of Puglia’s olive tree concentration – the highest in the world and best observed from the sky. Land in the eastern port of Galipoli or the Byzantine town of Otranto for further exploration with knowledgeable guides. In this food-lover’s paradise, there’s no better way to understand the local cuisine than in a hands-on cooking class. Through special arrangement, PELORUS can arrange an exclusive class with a Michelin-starred chef where you will produce some exquisite dishes using home grown Mediterranean ingredients.
Your Puglia adventure is not complete without witnessing its breath-taking UNESCO world heritage sites, rich in astonishing history. Embark on a private guided tour of Alberobello’s unique whitewashed ‘trulli’ houses before a fascinating olive oil experience in Itria Valley. Your visit to a traditional farm involves delicious local food, wine and olive oil tasting. Renowned for ancient cave dwellings restored into shops and home, the limestone town of Matera is extraordinary and will be brought to life by your expert guides. Check into the beautiful countryside resort of Borgo Egnazia where the scents of jasmine and rosemary waft through the warm afternoon air. Enjoy a day of pure relaxation all set to the sound of the ocean waves and the smell of the fresh sea breeze. Specialists will create bespoke sessions to reset your internal compass, pointing you back to the path of inner peace and self-love in the most idyllic of settings. Leave the spa feeling rejuvenated and restored ready to bask by the pool in this sanctuary under the sun.
* Prices depend on level of experiences and accommodation. This is based on 2 adults travelling for 7 nights excluding international flights.
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