Fringed by beautiful coastline, the rolling green hills of Puglia’s Valle d’Itria offer captivating towns, excellent cuisine and easy access to some of Italy’s best beaches.
Set on a fertile plain between the Ionian and Adriatic seas, the Valle d’Itria is not really a valley at all, but a karstic depression that runs through the provinces of Bari, Brindisi and Taranto. Its gentle countryside is criss-crossed by dry-stone walls and dotted with trulli – distinctive cone-shaped farm buildings, many now converted into luxurious places to stay. Rising above the olive groves and vineyards are whitewashed hill towns such as Ostuni, Locorotondo, Martina Franca and Cisternino, whose twisting alleyways hide ornate churches and top-quality restaurants. And you’re never far from the beach: head in either direction and you’ll soon find idyllic white sand lapped by azure water.