PUGLIA: ITALYíS BEST KEPT SECRET

Protected by its previous lack of international airports, Puglia is still what we all think of when we think of Italy: great food, ancient architecture and a welcoming people whose attitude to life is a holiday in itself.

Puglia is about enjoying yourself: going out to dinner is cheap and children are welcome everywhere. And there is always something to do and a town to visit. Indeed, Lecce has been described as the loveliest baroque city in the Mediterranean.

Towns & Villages

Geography

Puglia is situated in the heel of Italy. Its outside heel runs along the Adriatic and its instep runs along the Ionian. Its major towns are Brindisi, Bari, Lecce, Gallipoli and Otranto.

Lying on a water basin, Puglia is extremely fertile and was heavily settled by the ancient Greeks who planted its famous olive groves and vines. Hence, the Romans called it Magna Graecia.

The landscape, with its thousands of olive trees intermingled with huge prickly pear cacti and honey-coloured dry stone walls, is most unusual and more reminiscent of parts of Greece than Italy.

Puglia - Climate

Puglia is blessed with a classic Mediterranean climate which attracts visitors even in the depths of January.

  temp °C hours of sunshine
Dec/Jan/Feb
6-14
4
March/April
8-18
5-7
May/June
14-26
9-10
July/August
20-29
10-11
September
18-26
8
October
15-22
6
November
11-17
4

Ostuni

Il Trappeto is situated one mile from the lively and beautiful town of Ostuni which, after Lecce, is undisputedly the most beautiful town in Puglia. It has a wonderful old town ("centro storico") which has lots of great restaurants and bars. It is even becoming a little hip, and visitors are always surprised how sophisticated the nightlife is. Many of our guests never stray any further.

The beaches

We are just five miles from an unspoilt coastline of sandy beaches. Our favourites are Monticelli, which has the best beach bar in Quarto del Monte, Torre Pozzella and Bosco Verde. However, the nature reserve at Torre Guaceto takes some beating. 8 km of sandy coves and not a building in sight. We always have lunch afterwards at Michele's in nearby Torre Santa Sabina.

Timezones

Puglia is within southern Italy. Italy is one hour ahead of Greenwich MeanTime and six hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time. Summer is generally from the last weekend of March to the end of October.

Getting about

Il Trappeto is only a five-minute walk to Ostuniís train station which is on the main line from Bari to Lecce. Ideal for visiting towns and indulging in a long lunch. Otherwise, we are only five minutes from the main coastal highway.