A Summer Road Trip through Puglia, Italy

A visual travel guide to some of the best destinations in Puglia.
Chelsea Papa
Experience Creator

Once a summer vacation destination primarily for local Italian tourists, Southern Italy's Puglia region has recently exploded in popularity with travelers from all over the world. From Ostuni and Alberobello in the Valle D'Itria countryside to the Salento's scenic coastline and Baroque style towns, this collection of photos will give you a glimpse inside Puglia's best destinations to inspire your next getaway.

An iconic photo of white washed facades overlooking the Adriatic Sea from the cliffside surrounding Polignano a Mare is what first sparked my desire to visit this magical region in the heel of Italy. After swooning over many more photos of charming seaside towns, UNESCO World Heritage sites, and dramatic rocky beaches, adding a week long Puglia road trip to my European summer itinerary was a no brainer.

Naturally, I had concerns about it feeling touristy and overcrowded given the recent uptick in tourism, especially during peak season. While that held true for a couple of areas where I most expected it, Puglia as a whole still retains its authentic vibe and relaxed Mediterranean charm. It was my favorite part of the entire two month trip, and I'm already daydreaming about returning for my honeymoon next year.

We especially loved the Salento, a region in Southern Puglia filled with stunning beaches along the Adriatic and Ionian coasts.

Casina dei Preti

Our affordable agriturismo stay outside of Polignano a Mare.

Matera

A UNESCO World Heritage site just over the regional border in Basilicata.

Ostuni

"La Citta Bianca" (the white city).

Polignano a Mare

Alberobello

A well touristed UNESCO World Heritage site filled with unique "trulli" homes.

Locorotondo

A historic town in the Valle d'Itria.

Grotta della Poesia

"The Cave of Poetry."

AirBnB oasis outside of Lecce

Beaches in Salento

Lecce

A'Roma L'Osteria

A Roman inspired restaurant in Lecce.

Tricase

A town in the southern Salento.

Galatina

Gallipoli

A popular Salento town on the Ionian known for its historic center and nightlife.

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