Wanderlist Discover: Puglia, Italy
Puglia, Italy offers over 800km of coastline, perfect for those with a penchant for beaches or life on the open sea, although the region’s star attraction is food. Historically, this region produced much of Italy’s pasta but today, seafood dishes predominate with squid as a favourite ingredient for many of these seaside towns. The region offers many local specialities by towns:
- Altamura, an inland town, produces Italy’s prized bread. It is baked in wooden ovens and the recipe is unchanged since the Middle Ages.
- Gioia del Colle is the place to go for mozzarella and burrata cheese
- Murgia offers cardoncello mushrooms and lampascioni (wild onions)
- Other dishes to try across Puglia: fave e cicoria, a traditional peasant dish
Today, Puglia is also known its rich, fruity red wines and for producing over half of Italy’s olive oil. Beyond having amazing culinary experiences to offer, there is plenty to explore from some of Italy’s best beaches to caves, nature reserves and medieval quarters.
Best time to go
The best time to visit Puglia, Italy is from May to September. Puglia has a Mediterranean climate with mild winters and hot summers. In July and August, Italians on holiday flood Puglia and many food festivals, concerts and events take place in these historic towns and beach villages.
Where in the world…
Puglia is Italy’s south-easternmost region at the heel of the boot.
A COUPLE OF ACTIVITIES YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS
Polignano a Mare, local’s favourite seaside resort
Explore Alberobello, a small town famous for its trulli, white cone-roofed houses
Swim in the shade of the ancient city walls of Otranto
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