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Top Choice Basilica in Bari

Basilica di San Nicola

Bari's signature basilica was one of the first Norman churches to be built in southern Italy, and is a splendid example of Puglian-Romanesque architecture. Dating to the 12th century, it was originally constructed t…
Top Choice Museum in Taranto

Museo Nazionale Archeologico di Taranto

In the new town is one of Italy's most important archaeological museums, exploring ancient Taras. It houses, among other artefacts, the largest collection of Greek terracotta figures in the world. Also on exhibit ar…
Top Choice Basilica in Lecce

Basilica di Santa Croce

It seems that hallucinating stonemasons have been at work on the basilica. Sheep, dodos, cherubs and beasties writhe across the facade, a swirling magnificent allegorical feast. Throughout the 16th and 17th centurie…
Top Choice Puglian in Vieste

Vecchia Vieste

The best in Vieste can be found in the stony cavernous interior of this modest restaurant that sells what is possibly the best homemade, hand-shaped orecchiette in Puglia (and that's saying something). Try it topped…
Top Choice Cave in Monte Sant'Angelo

Santuario di San Michele

Over the centuries this sanctuary has expanded to incorporate a large complex of religious buildings that overlay its original shrine. The double-arched entrance vestibule at street level stands next to a distinctiv…
Top Choice Seafood in Trani


Romantic, urbane, refined. The wooden decking, buttercup-yellow tablecloths and marquee-conservatory setting are refreshing, while the wines are excellent and the cooking delicious. It also has modern and attractive…
Top Choice Castle in Puglia

Castel del Monte

You'll see Castel del Monte, an unearthly geometric shape on a hilltop, from miles away. Mysterious and perfectly octagonal, it's one of southern Italy's most talked-about landmarks and a Unesco World Heritage Site.…
Top Choice Osteria in Bari

Paglionico Vini e Cucina

Run by the Paglionico family for more than a century, this 100% Italiano osteria (casual tavern) is an absolute classic. There's no menu, just a chalkboard displaying what's cooking that day. It's all fine salt-of-t…
Top Choice Seafood in Peschici

Il Trabucco da Mimi

For the ultimate in fresh fish you can't beat eating at a trabucco (the traditional wooden fishing platforms lining the coast). Watch the fishing process in operation – you can even help out – and dine on the catch.…
Top Choice Pizza in Locorotondo

Quanto Basta

Craft beer and pizza make an excellent combination, no more so than at Quanto Basta in the old town with its wooden tables, soft lighting and stone floors.