1 Vieste

For sun and sea, head for this resort on the dramatic Gargano promontory, with the option in summer of travelling onwards to the Tremiti islands.

2 Trani

This miniature medieval port is a jewel, with its eleventh-century cathedral impressively located on the waterfront.

3 Castel del Monte

Puglia’s greatest Swabian castle is a testament to thirteenth-century engineering.

4 Martina Franca

This lively town with its Moorish feel makes a good base for exploring the surrounding area’s trulli – Puglia’s traditional conical whitewashed buildings.

5 Ostuni

One of the most stunning hilltop towns in southern Italy, with a sun-bleached old quarter and a sandy coastline 7km away.

6 Lecce

In the southern tip of Italy, Lecce is an exuberant city of Baroque architecture and opulent churches.

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