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Top Choice Castle in Puglia

Castel del Monte

You'll see Castel del Monte, an inhumanly exact 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…
Top Choice Cathedral in Otranto

Cathedral

Mosaics, skulls, crypts and biblical-meets-tropical imagery: Otranto's cathedral is like no other in Italy. It was built by the Normans in the 11th century, incorporating Romanesque, Byzantine and early Christian st…
Top Choice Cave in Valle d’Itria

Grotte di Castellana

These spectacular limestone caves, 40km southeast of Bari, are Italy's longest natural subterranean network. The interlinked galleries, first discovered in 1938, contain an incredible range of underground landscapes…
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 (if square and solid) example of Pugliese-Romanesque architecture. Dating to the 12th century, it was o…
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 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 Museum in Lecce

Museo Faggiano

Descend through Lecce's rich historical strata in this fascinating home-turned-museum, where sewerage excavations led to the chance discovery of an archaeological treasure trove. The deepest finds take you all the w…
Top Choice Vegetarian in Alberobello

Trattoria Terra Madre

Vegetables take pride of place in Italian kitchens, especially at this enthusiastic vegtarian-ish (some meat is served) restaurant. The farm-to-table ethos rules – most of what you eat comes from the organic garden …
Top Choice Seafood in Peschici

Al Trabucco da Mimì

Mimì sadly passed away in 2016, but his daughter and grandsons keep this delightful place ticking. Sitting on wooden trestles beneath the eponymous trabucco (a traditional Pugliese wooden fishing platform) you'll ea…
Top Choice Museum in Taranto

Museo Nazionale Archeologico di Taranto

Sitting unassumingly in a side street in Taranto's new town is one of Italy's most important archaeological museums, chiefly dedicated to the archaeology of ancient Taras (Taranto). It houses, among other artefacts,…