Puglia Cities and Town


Visit Bari, the centro storico and the waterside, make this one of the best Puglia Cities and Towns to explore.

Puglia Cities and Towns – don’t miss Bari

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.



The first week of December, 2011 saw the sixth anniversary of our arrival in Puglia. Definitely a cause for celebration ….. On a bright, sunny and warm December day we set off for Mesagne. Why Mesagne? It does not feature very heavily in Puglia guides

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Torchiarolo, in the Province of Brindisi, is located 22.7 kilometers south of Brindisi, and just 5 kilometers from Casa Mare and Villa Rosa. From Brindisi take the Super-Strada in the direction of Lecce and then take the exit for Torchiarola. Once you exit from the Super-Strada, whether you take the main roads or the agricultural roads you will be surrounded by olive groves.

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Casalabate, an Italian holiday town

Situated on the Adriatic coast, lies the small market town of Casalabate. Just a few miles south of Brindisi and with Lecce, the Florence of the South, to the south-west, Casalabate is a typical small market town. The population of Casalabate and a 7 kilometre radius is approximately 26000, however this is greatly increased in the summer months when Italians and non Italians alike arrive for their vacation.

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Puglia Summer : Santa Caterina, Nardo

It was an almost perfect Puglia Summer day. Hot, the sun was shining but very windy. Yesterday morning we woke up to a very blustery day and high tides on the beach. With guests settled in both our Puglia villas we found ourselves with time on our hands. Time to do a little exploring. Call it research for our guest information book and website. Really though we just wanted to have some fun and relax.

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Although Squinzano is as close to our Puglia villas as Torchiarolo we had nver really explored it (except for visits to the Cantina). A guest entry in the Villa Rosa guest book mentioning Squinzano prompted me to say to friends that we did not really know Squinzano very well. Our friend Mino, the Puglia Chef, is originally from Squinzano and his wife Val offered to show us around.

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On a clear sunny day one November we set out with our friends to explore Monopoli. Monopoli is about an hours drive (94km) from our Puglia holiday villas, north of us and south of Bari.

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Otranto : jewel of the Salento

There is something very special about Otranto …… You will read this in many places. And there is something very special about Otranto for us. It’s the place we first visited back in 1998, when we first fell in love with Puglia, and the seeds of our dream were sown. Now we want to share Otranto with you.

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A day in the life of a Puglia town

We love this description of small towns in Puglia. It describes exactly the small towns near us and particularly reminds me of our town, Torchiarolo. Small towns are often overlooked by visitors. They shouldn’t be!

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Bari, a delightful surprise

Previous visits to Bari have left us unimpressed, but then we did little more than take a bus from the station to the airport! Early in May we decided to investigate Bari in more detail. We arranged a guided tour ……

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Galatina, city of art

An ancient town, originally a Greek colony dedicated to the Greek goddess of wisdom, Minerva, Galatina is in the south east of the peninsula, 20 kilometres to the south of Lecce. In July 1793, by royal decree, Galatina was elevated to the status of city.

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