The capital of the region, Bari, is a youthful and edgy port city that benefits from great nightlife, a booming street food scene, and a whole lot of history. Often over-looked for well-heeled Lecce, it’s the most interesting and vibrant city in Puglia.
While Bari is the biggest city in the region, there are a number of other large urban areas to check out, too. Best known for its grand cathedral and lively port, Trani is an under-rated gem. Elegant, uncrowded and packed full of great restaurants, bars, and boutiques, it's the ideal place to spend a day or two.
Ostuni, the ‘White City’, is a spectacular collection of white-washed buildings, twisting streets and endless nooks and crannies. Martina Franca wears its classic baroque architecture proudly and Gallipoli is an island paradise with a lazy, southern Italian feel.
The smaller towns are increasingly picturesque. Alberobello has its distinctive conical-roofed homes and Cisternini its famous butchers – everywhere you go there’s a quirk that makes the visit worthwhile.
The vast majority of our luxury villas in Puglia are situated north of Bari or at the southern-most reaches of the Puglian ‘heel,’ putting you in the best location to explore and get right to the heart of the region.
If you want to be close to the main Puglian towns, discover these villas close to villages.