48 hours in Puglia Itinerary

We love Puglia! It is one of the undiscovered gems of Italy that still isn’t swarming with tourists. But if you only have 48 hours in Puglia – what should you do?

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The Perfect 48 hours in Puglia Itinerary

Where to stay in Puglia?

We usually stay in Ostuni as it is central and a great hopping off point to the rest of the area. It is also stunningly beautiful in its own rights. It is known as the white city and I will never forget out first evening drive towards the city. It was breathtaking. Unfortunately I was driving so couldn’t take a picture.

It is however beautiful by day too. The cathedral and churches of the city are lovely and the city walls worth walking.

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Aside from the beautiful town square it also has a beautiful cathedral a short walk up the hill.

[/caption]From the top of the hill you also get beautiful views of the countryside out to the coast.


Where to eat in Ostuni?

My other favourite thing about Ostuni is it’s proximity to my favourite ever restaurant Masseria is Frantoio. You can read a full review of it here 


[/caption]However if you don’t get chance to visit there, ostuni itself is full of lovely and reasonable priced restaurants.

Lovely local charcuterie from Ostuuni

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Best Small Towns in Puglia

Ostuni isn’t however the only beautiful town in the area. Other towns like Martina Franca and Cisternino are equally beautiful and even further off the tourist track. We particularly enjoyed wondering around the beautiful town of Cisternino and stopping at some lovely pastry shops.

Beautiful town square of Cisternino

Beautiful town square of Cisternino

What you need to know for visiting the Trulli houses of Alberobello

For day two we decided to cast out net further afield and head in the morning to Puglia’s most famous tourist attraction; the truli houses of Alberobello. The town is a world heritage site because of the volume of these small dry stone huts which make for a beautiful mornings trip. The town is perhaps the most touristy I have visited in Puglia and a lot of the Trulli’s are now used for tourist focussed shops however it is definitely worth a visit.

The trull houses of Alberobello

The trull houses of Alberobello

Beaches in Puglia

As we had a late afternoon flight from Brindisi we left Alberobello after lunch and decided to snake our way down the coast line stopping at a few of the region’s beautiful beaches. It was a lovely end to a lovely weekend. The beaches were all pristine and not overrun with tourists and I would love to return to explore them more

A beautiful Puglian Beach - the perfect end to our 48 hours in puglia

A beautiful Puglian Beach – the perfect end to our 48 hours in puglia

Puglia is definitely a region I would like to explore more. Next time we would like to visit some of the beaches further north, near Bari such a Monopoli.

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  1. October 11, 2016 / 8:44 am

    I think I will need a lifetime to explore Italy! Thanks for sharing beautiful Puglia. The piazza in Cisternino looks just the place where your kids could run about freely and get spoilt with cakes and sweets from the local nonnas. Love!

  2. October 11, 2016 / 9:53 am

    Puglia is definitely on my bucket list!! thanks for sharing :))

  3. October 11, 2016 / 10:32 am

    Puglia is definitely on my list of places to visit in Italy, but like Katy I feel that there isn’t enough time in life to explore Italy. I’ve been to many places all over Italy but not Puglia yet. Your photos just make me want to go even more! #citytripping

  4. October 11, 2016 / 10:59 am

    I’d LOVE to see the trull houses of Alberobello! They look so amazing! I’m not a big fan of modern architecture because it doesn’t show the history of a people quite as much as historic homes like these! CityTripping

  5. October 11, 2016 / 7:36 pm

    I am a huge fan of Puglia. We have been a couple of times and stayed close to Ostuni – it’s a wonderful city and I love that the area isn’t swarming with tourists (apart from Alberobello). The Trulli houses are incredible. #citytripping

  6. October 12, 2016 / 2:31 am

    I have never been to this part of Italy but it seems to be an obsession for food lovers. I have read a lot of articles about the food in the area and I have seen companies offering culinary journeys. It is a place i really ant to visit (and more if there is a small number of visitors).

  7. October 12, 2016 / 3:10 am

    We love Italy and can’t get enough! Would love to visit Puglia some day, there’s just too much to see. #citytripping

  8. October 12, 2016 / 5:17 am

    The restaurant Masseria is Frantoio looks lovely.

    • October 12, 2016 / 5:18 am

      It’s a good Job I don’t live closer! Lol! It really is a special face and the food is sublime!

  9. October 13, 2016 / 6:37 am

    I’d love to visit Puglia- I’ve been to Basilicata but that’s the closest. The trulli sound so fascinating and your photos are lovely, I am so tempted to go back to Italy. Thanks for linking up with #citytripping

  10. November 10, 2016 / 8:22 am

    I love historic places like this where its like stepping back into time. Those cottages are so beautiful and I can imagine how it must have been to live there in the past. #FarawayFiles

  11. November 10, 2016 / 8:51 am

    The trull houses at Alberobello are such a unique and amazing sight! And that picture with all the parma ham made me hungry. #FarawayFiles

  12. November 10, 2016 / 10:23 am

    I’ve never been to Puglia, but I’ve read a lot about Alberobello. It looks beautiful! #FarawayFiles

  13. November 10, 2016 / 10:32 am

    I havent stopped thinking about Puglia since I first read your post! Cant wait to get back to Italy an discover this region soon. Thanks for sharing with us on #FarawayFiles

    • November 10, 2016 / 11:01 am

      Thanks – Italy is just the place I keep returning too

  14. November 10, 2016 / 12:19 pm

    I’m very keen to visit Puglia – wish I’d listened more to my Italian friend years ago who told me that Puglia was on the up and to buy a holiday house there! Thanks for linking up with #FarawayFiles

    • November 10, 2016 / 12:39 pm

      You should. It is also still comparatively cheap compared to other areas of Italy

  15. November 10, 2016 / 12:36 pm

    I loved Ostuni too. The view of the white city from afar is so stunning. Alberobello is a real gem. I love Puglia so much. I hope people will follow your fine recommendations, it’s worth it! #FarawayFiles

    • November 10, 2016 / 12:38 pm

      I know I wish I could have gotten a pic of the city by night

  16. November 10, 2016 / 2:36 pm

    Amazing! I recently applied for a TEFL job in Puglia so it’s nice to read a little more about it! #FarawayFiles

    • November 10, 2016 / 4:23 pm

      I hope you get it! It would be an amazing place to live

  17. November 10, 2016 / 4:55 pm

    Thank you for sharing – I only think of Bari as a jumping off point to other destinations, not as the destination itself. Love finding little off-track gems. That charcuterie looks amazing and the trull houses so unique. A perfect share for #FarawayFiles – thanks for playing! Cheers from Copenhagen, Erin

  18. November 10, 2016 / 5:06 pm

    I have always had wonderful holidays in Italy but have never been to Puglia. I’m hearing much more about it recently so I should go before it becomes too busy!

    • November 10, 2016 / 5:08 pm

      Yes i have a feeling people will start finding it soon

  19. November 11, 2016 / 4:10 am

    The food! Those terraces! The architecture! Can I teleport to Puglia right now, please?!?

  20. November 11, 2016 / 6:50 pm

    I’ve heard about the Truli houses before but I must admit that was the extent of my Puglia knowledge until I read your blog. I love Italy, hope to go back one day! #Farawayfiles

    • November 11, 2016 / 7:02 pm

      I hope you get back soon. Though trulli houses are probably Puglias most famous sight there is a lot more to see and do!

  21. November 12, 2016 / 2:29 am

    Lovely photos of Puglia, especially that of Ostuni cathedral.

  22. March 27, 2017 / 4:08 pm

    I have been to much of Italy but not Puglia but I’d love to, it’s high on my wishlist. Thanks for adding to my inspiration to get there soon. #mondayescapes

  23. March 27, 2017 / 5:05 pm

    Beaches, great food, quaint villages, Puglia has everything I love so why have I never been! #MondayEscapes

  24. March 27, 2017 / 6:01 pm

    I keep seeing Puglia posts and it’s making me want to go more and more. This is where my OH’s family come from, we’ve been together almost 10 years and still haven’t gone over! :s

  25. March 27, 2017 / 6:30 pm

    I am DYING to visit this adorable little town!! #MondayEscapes

  26. March 27, 2017 / 10:41 pm

    It looks so beautiful and the image of Italy I have in my head. I’ve not visited since my teens, I hope I’ll change that one day and Puglia sounds very special. #MondayEscapes

  27. March 28, 2017 / 9:17 pm

    I LOVE this part of Italy. We stayed in a very “rustic” Truli a few years ago, it was brilliant, but a little like camping in a stone tent. Have seen some very luxurious trullis though, so I am going back!! 🙂 #mondayescapes

    • March 29, 2017 / 5:01 am

      When are you going back? I have never been camping but would like to stay in a luxury trillion

  28. March 29, 2017 / 9:32 pm

    What a stunning region it looks the perfect place to wander on a hot sunny day and those little houses are so pretty, thanks so much for linking up #MondayEscapes x

  29. March 30, 2017 / 8:02 pm

    We spent a long time going to Italy every year and I really miss it. I did love Puglia and loved staying in a Trulli too, although it was very very hot! Thanks so much for linking up #MondayEscapes

    • March 31, 2017 / 5:40 am

      Yes can imagine they are not the best for air flow

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