Puglia is the undiscovered jewel in the crown of Italy, it’s the perfect destination for your villa holiday
Located in the ‘heel’ of Italy, Puglia has miles of coastline along the Adriatic and Ionian Seas, both an easy drive away. The region is covered in olive groves and vineyards, so the countryside is always green, and food features delicious seafood, fantastic antipasti and wonderful pizzas, all washed down with great local wines.
Most of our villas are in the Itria Valley, the local towns being Ceglie Messapica, Cisternino, Martina Franca, Locorotondo and Ostuni. They are all hilltop towns with beautiful views across the Itria Valley and historic centres dating back centuries. Each has wonderful old cobbled streets and fascinating architecture and, when all that wandering has worked up an appetite, there are plenty of restaurants so your exploring will be well rewarded with plenty of local delicacies.
We can arrange a host of activities and things to do in Puglia during your holiday, the menu on the right lists all sorts of things you can do to get the most out of your time here including pottery workshops, cookery courses and cycling.
There are lots of ways to get to Puglia for your holiday . . .
Most of the villas are within an hour’s drive from Brindisi airport and an hour and a half from Bari. Many guests also use Naples airport which is about a three hour drive. From the UK, Ryanair has flights direct from Stansted to both Brindisi and Bari airports, as well as flights from Manchester and Liverpool. British Airways flies direct from Gatwick to Bari and Brindisi, and Easyjet also offers flights from Gatwick to Bari and Brindisi.
For those with the time and patience to work out the timetables, it is possible to fly to Brindisi and Bari from various UK airports on Ryanair, Easyjet, BA and Alitalia but involve changes at other European destinations. Other options include flying to Pescara (about 5 hours’ drive away) and both Rome airports (about 6 hours’ drive).
On booking we will send you detailed directions on how to find the property.
Having a car for the duration of your stay is essential so why not put your own car on the train. Seat 61 gives several options, of which the route from the Netherlands seems the most efficient which you can book through Railsavers. Take the ferry to either the Hook of Holland or Rotterdam and drive a short distance to s’Hertogenbosch to pick up the motorail to Bologna. You can then choose to drive the rest of the way or take the train from Bologna to Villa San Giovanni in the tip of the toe of Italy and drive up.
Our suggested route is by Eurotunnel to Calais, down through France to Switzerland, into Italy via Milan, across to Ancona and all the way down the east coast to Puglia.