Puglia, or Apulia, is the heel of Italy’s boot and enjoys a whopping 800 km of coastline. It is a sea lover’s paradise, with dramatic limestone stacks and swimming grottos on the Adriatic coast and beaches so fine they are called the Maldives of Italy on the Ionian side. Sometimes you ask yourself, are we in Greece or Italy? Puglia’s whitewashed hill towns gleam above the plains of olive groves below. The produce from Puglia is some of Italy’s best, so dig in and explore this stunning region.

What to eat?

Orecchiette con le cime di rapa (pasta in the shape of little ears in a sauce of turnip tops, anchovies, and chilli) and burrata (mozzarella cheese casing filled with stracciatella and cream)

What to see?

The fairytale conical trulli houses of Alberobello 

What to do?

Dive off the Ciolo bridge in Salento or, more sensibly, watch a cliff diving competition in Polignano a Mare.

Bocconcini-Sized Tales

While swimming at Torre Sant’Andrea, even without glasses, I was the first to spot a jellyfish. My 20/20 husband and I panicked, hightailed it to shore, and confirmed we are indeed prairie people.

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