Luxury Puglia Holidays
Down in the heel of Italy's boot is the region of Puglia. With quaint towns and villages and a landscape dominated by olive groves and vineyards, it's rural Italy at its best. The area is renowned for its cuisine, and you'll find plenty of restaurants serving up authentic local dishes. As well as being home to some spectacular (and often half-empty) sandy beaches, Puglia offers a raft of daytripping options. Head for historical Ostuni, discover Alberobello's iconic trulli houses, or explore the caves near the town of Castellana, which stretch over three kilometres.
Things to do in Puglia
Wander Ostuni's narrow lanes
The whitewashed houses that spill across Ostuni's hillside have given it the nickname La CittÓ Bianca, or The White City. The narrow backstreets and alleys are perfect for getting lost in. Once you make your way to the top of the hill, you'll find the grand Gothic cathedral, which dates back to the 15th century.
Lecce is a gorgeous city, with baroque buildings and churches, plus houses made from cream-coloured local limestone. Make sure you check out the intricate fašade of the Basilica di Santa Croce and the beautiful bell tower in the Piazza del Duomo.
See Alberobello's trulli
You'll find the highest concentration of Puglia's distinctive trulli houses in this little town. The cobbled streets of the Rione Monti and Aia Piccola districts are lined with the whitewashed dwellings, each of which is topped with a grey, cone-shaped roof.
Step into the caves of Castellana
Guided tours of the two-million-year-old Grotte di Castellana take you deep underground. The paths wind through three kilometres of stalactite and stalagmite-filled caves and canyons, reaching a depth of 60 metres.
The Sovereign Standard
To help you choose your perfect holiday we have rated all of our hotels using our own system.
Classical Sovereign hotels are more modest hotels offering charm and character, or an exceptional location. Many of these hotels have been firm favourites with Sovereign customers for countless years and offer great value for money.
Luxury Collection hotels offer everything you would expect to go hand in hand with a luxury holiday. They offer high standards of service and attention to all those important little details.
Exclusive Collection hotels provide the ultimate luxury; they are the finest, most opulent hotels offering superlative service and excellent facilities, which will satisfy the needs of even the most discerning traveller.
Family Collection hotels are some of the finest family-friendly resorts and offer a wide range of facilities for both children and parents. Families can enjoy a whole host of amenities including fun kid's clubs, a dedicated children's pool and spacious accommodation.