Dubbed the "Florence of the South", Lecce boasts a historic center rich in Baroque monuments and churches built with the local 'Lecce stone'. Lecce is also a foodie destination.
Trani, known as the 'pearl of Puglia', is located by the coast. Stroll by the charming city center, to admire its medieval churches, palaces and limestone streets, then stop by one of the many bars lining the marina for a drink.
Ostuni, "the white city", is characterized by the typical white houses filling the narrow streets of its center. Many shops and bars animate the nightlife in summer time.
Located on the east coast of the Salento Peninsula, Otranto is a popular seaside resort. Besides the beach, make sure you visit the Cathedral, with its medieval mosaic floor.
Located in the province of Bari, Molfetta features a number of historic sights, including 'Il Pulo', one of Southern Italy's most important Neolithic sites, the Old Cathedral, several churches and watchtowers.
With more than 1,000 trulli, Alberobello, in the Itria Valley, is the 'city of trulli', and is designated a UNESCO World Heritage sites.
Vieste, one of the most popular summer destinations in Puglia, is a picturesque seaside town perched on the east side of the beautiful promontory of Gargano.
Tiny Monopoli charms with its historic center boasting 9 medieval churches and countless cobblestone alleys. Nearby are the spectacular Grottoes of Castellana.
Polignano a Mare in the Itria Valley stands in a spectacular position, perched atop a 20-meter-high limestone cliff overlooking the azure waters of the Adriatic Sea.
Located on the Ionian coast on the Salento peninsula, ancient Gallipoli features a number of historic sights, including the Baroque Sant'Agata Cathedral, pictured here.
Beautiful Puglia is our featured region this month of July, and here's our round-up of ten towns you should plan on seeing when planning a trip to Italy's sun-bleached heel.
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