Around here are many of Puglia's self-catering villas; to find them, try websites such as www.ownersdirect.co.uk, www.holidayhomesinitaly.co.uk and www.trulliland.com.

Masserias Luxury on the Farm

Masserias are unique to southern Italy. Modelled on the classical Roman villa, these fortified farmhouses – equipped with oil mills, cellars, chapels, storehouses and accommodation for workers and livestock – were built to function as self-sufficient communities. These days, they still produce the bulk of Italy's olive oil, but many have been converted into luxurious hotels, agriturismi (farm-stay accommodation), holiday apartments or restaurants. Staying in a masseria is a unique experience, especially when you can dine on home-grown produce.