Puglia offers the best of Italy all in one place, from pristine beaches in quaint seaside towns to fascinating archaeological sites in Ostuni, and a culinary tradition of cucina povera that has brought food aficionados to the region for centuries. Here, miles of crystal waters frame Baroque architecture, giving it the nickname of the Florence of the South.

With the longest coastline of any region in the boot, take advantage of all the Adriatic has to offer. Spend time on the Straits of Otranto, home to the Otranto Jazz Festival and La Notte della Taranta. Here, the area's traditional dance, the Pizzica, is frequently celebrated. Stop by Salice Salentino and try its famous wines or simply dock in the port town of Brindisi, a former Roman settlement and today a thriving hotspot. Bellissimo!

more from Italy

view more