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White hilltop cities by the coast, fairytale trulli houses scattered among twisting olive groves and chic boutiques lost to winding cobbled streets; discover the best places to stay in Puglia with Kuoni

Puglia and Basilicata capture the spirit of travellers who love the road less travelled, a region where traditional cuisine varies slightly from village to village, ancient olive trees and endless vineyards envelope the arid landscape, and conical-shaped trulli houses speckle the countryside. Each town has its own unique character – like Ostuni, a hilltop cluster of white houses affectionately called the ‘White City’, where welcoming hotels like Hotel Ostuni Palace exude old-world glamour and sophistication; Lecce, known as ‘Florence of the South’ due to the magnificent Baroque architecture, embodied in luxury residences such as Risorgimento Resort; and Alberobello, the iconic UNESCO World Heritage Site home to over 1500 white-washed trulli, and also the location for Grand Hotel Olimpo. Monopoli is a chic coastal town, a beautiful combination of fortified architecture, chic piazzas with al fresco bars and gorgeous cobbled backstreets dotted with hidden restaurants. The eight-mile stretch of splendid coast is also smattered with excellent hotels – we love Canne Bianche Lifestyle Hotel.

**Our recommended Puglia and Basilicata hotels   **

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Canne Bianche Lifestyle Hotel, Torre Canne


This contemporary and intimate beachfront retreat is a stylish base for exploration of the unspoilt region of Puglia.

This chic white-washed hotel is a refreshing alternative to some of the more classic hotels that line Italy’s coast. With its scattering of objet d’ar...

Rooms: 52
Transfers: Approx. 1 hour's drive from Bari airport. Car hire is recommended
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From £757 Save up to £66

4 nights, Continental Breakfast, 17 Nov '22

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Grand Hotel Olimpo, Alberobello


This simple hotel is an ideal base for exploring the UNESCO-listed town of Alberobello on foot.

This modern hotel is a good-value base for self-drive holidays in Puglia, especially if you’re planning on exploring the region’s famous trulli houses...

Rooms: 31
Transfers: Approx. 1½ hours' drive from Bari airport. Car hire is recommended.
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From £689 Save up to £36

4 nights, Bed and Breakfast, 17 Nov '22

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Hotel Ostuni Palace


A beautifully renovated and welcoming hotel overlooking the ‘White City’ of Ostuni.

With a wonderful location in the historic heart of Ostuni – the ‘White City’ – yet just a short drive from the beach where you can hire sun loungers a...

Rooms: 34
Transfers: Approx. 1 hour's drive from Bari airport. Car hire is recommended
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From £838 Save up to £53

4 nights, Bed and Breakfast, 03 Nov '22

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Masseria Il Melograno


This 400-year-old white-washed building close to Monopoli is the original masseria hotel.

This masseria (traditional farmhouse) was the first in Italy to open its doors to overnight guests. It’s since claimed status as a Small Luxury Hotel ...

Rooms: 40
Transfers: Approx. 50 minutes’ transfer from Brindisi airport
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Risorgimento Resort, Lecce


A distinguished landmark hotel in the heart of the beautiful Baroque city of Lecce.

This luxury residence has a fine heritage and has been welcoming guests since 1880. Upon arrival, the resort’s resplendent historic façade gives way t...

Rooms: 47
Transfers: Approx. 40 minutes' drive from Brindisi airport. Car hire is recommended
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From £816

4 nights, Continental Breakfast, 05 Jan '22

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