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Luxury Puglia Holidays: An Overview

The far side and a far cry from the Amalfi Coast, Puglia, on the heel of Italy's boot, is a holiday destination apart both culturally and geographically. The region has attracted more than its fair share of travel magazine column inches in the last couple of years, yet still remains relatively untouched and is well worth exploring on a luxury holiday.

The luxury holiday vibe in Puglia could not be more different from the glitziness of the Italian Riviera. Where the west coast is all sheer sea cliffs and super-slick hotels, Puglia specialises in mile upon mile of wide open beaches and hotels converted from centuries old fortified farmhouses. Stay in one of these elegantly refurbished masserias, which are opening up along the coastline, and enjoy the region's good weather, deserted beaches and hilltop towns that feel unchanged for centuries.

The signature sight on a luxury holiday in Puglia is the conical-roofed dry stone trulli houses in many villages. These thick walled buildings - some many centuries old - are synonymous with the Itria Valley region, and the town of Alberobello alone has more than 1500.

Another place well worth a visit is Matera, a fortified hill town so ancient in look and feel it was used to film several scenes of Mel Gibson's 'The Passion of the Christ.'

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Meet and Greet Local Artisans

Puglia is known for the many artisan traditions that are still practiced here and you can get involved by learning to create your own leather goods, like belts and purses, with the help of our favourite local leather craftswoman, Anna Maria. Or spend time with Giuseppina, a highly skilled ceramicist, who is known for her incredibly intricate paintings, and create your own tile in the 'Maiolica' style, typical of southern Italy.

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A Note on Price

All of our holidays are completely tailor-made and prices will vary based on things like when in the year you will be travelling, how far in advance you book and the level of accommodation you choose. The guide prices shown across this website are designed to provide you with a broad indication of how much to budget for your trip.

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