Puglia Cities and Town
So you have arrived and settled into your Puglia villa, Now you have had some downtime and are ready to explore. Where to begin? There are many interesting Puglia cities and towns waiting to be explored and discovered by you.
Most Puglia cities and towns have at least two things in common. From the outskirts they look suburban and uninspiring. At the centre is the original old town or city. The historic centre or “centro storico” in Italian. What a difference. From the modern, less than beautiful urban areas, through a gate into the walled centre. It feels like you are stepping back into a different time. The architecture is fantastic, the atmosphere is amazing, churches and cathedrals abound. Even the smaller Pugia Cities and Towns have wonderful historic centres where you can wander around just soaking up the ambience. Take time out to sit at a pavement cafe and watch the world go by.
The most well known of all the Puglia Cities are probably Lecce, Ostuni, and Otranto; there are others as well. However you should not miss the often overlooked Brindisi and Bari. They have hidden gems within the big city environment. Our personal favourites are those located on the coast getting the best of the stunning historic centres with the Adriatic or Ionian sea close by. Consider Monopoli on the Adriatic and Gallipoli on the Ionian. It’s easy to combine a visit to one of these cities in the morning with an afternoon on the beach.
Don’t miss the small local towns, they will give you a feel for the real Puglia. Close to our Puglia villas are the small towns of Torchiarolo and Squinzano which we have come to know and love. Sometimes it feels like we have gone back 50 years in time and life is definitely moving at a slower place. Read this article on a Day in the Life of a Puglia town It describes exactly the small towns near us and particularly reminds me of our town, Torchiarolo.