One of the richest archaeological regions in Italy, Puglia is known for majestic castles and thriving olive oil production. Home to multiple world heritage sites and ancient Greek structures, the region is characterised by stunning environmental and artistic marvels. Here are some of the most popular places for you to explore in Puglia. By Divyansh Mehta

Polignano a Mare

One of Puglia’s most picturesque towns, Polignano a Mare is an important sea-side ancient settlement. Positioned on the Adriatic coast, it originates at the edge of a craggy ravine pockmarked with caves. It’s well known for its Cala Porto beach, which is bordered by the roman bridge. Polignano a Mare is not just a small coastal town rising out of the cliffs, but it makes for a perfect place to visit. Close to the beach, Mazzarelli Creative Resort ( INR 15,000 – 17,000 per night for a deluxe room) is one of the best options to stay in this town.

Bari

The Puglian capital, Bari is a storehouse of history and architecture combined with ancient traditions surviving time. Among its picturesque old houses are several churches and even shrines hidden in walls and tiny squares. One can easily find a way around the city and enjoy history in the most amazing ways ever. Some of the most frequented tourist spots of the town include Basilica di San Nicola, Castello Svevo and Lungomare Nazario Sauro. Grande Albergo delle Nazioni (INR 14,000-17,000 per night for a deluxe room) would make for a great stay, here.

Otranto

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Otranto also known as the ‘East Gate’, is situated in the eastern most point of country, to the South of the Adriatic Sea. The sea town is 45 km away from Lecce and is known for its history. The town was also featured on the list of 15 most beautiful towns in Italy, back in 2010, and then it became a world heritage site recognised by UNESCO. Laghi Alimini, Punta Palascia and Porto Badisco are some worthy places one must visit on his trip to Italy. Situated in the Apulia region, Masseria Mongiò dell’Elefante (INR 14,000 – 16,000 per night for a deluxe room) is one of the best options for a luxurious stay in this region.

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