The Puglia region has a proud traditional style, with the emphasis more on agriculture than the heavy industries found elsewhere. Well over half of the olive oil produced in Italy comes from this area, plus you will find some of the very best wines. It has a rugged charm that will appeal to the lovers of the real Italy, wanting to escape the British influence of Tuscany.
Flying time from UK to Bari or Brindisi Airport will be just under 3 hours.
The Amalfi coast is on the opposite western coast of southern Italy, with Naples the main gateway airport. This is one of the most beautiful parts of Italy, with little villages surrounded by high sea edge cliffs. Romantic with obvious glamour but still wonderfully authentic in style.
Being in the heel of Italy in the south east corner, the Puglia region is drier than most, so it attracts visitors year round. During the autumn/winter months the focus is on sightseeing, golf and cuisine. The beach season tends to be late May through to mid-September.
The Amalfi coast is more lush and green, with hotels tending to open April through to October only.
Despite being conquered by the ancient Greeks, settled by the Romans and then occupied by various marauding northern European tribes, Puglia still feels remarkably undiscovered. Come for the open hospitality, the fantastic cuisine, some of the best golf courses in the region. There are many picturesque villages close by the Borgo Egnazia, with attractive restaurant options and some incredible historical sites.
Car hire will certainly assist your flexibility to discover the region.
The stunning scenery, with little villages and towns sandwiched between towering cliffs. Our two chosen hotels (listed below) are dramatically perched at the cliff edge, with incredible views over the bays below. It is jet set elegance, in a way that combines contemporary comforts with traditional designs. The beaches tend to be pebble coves, but the water clarity and colour contrasts are wonderful.
Charter a small boat to take to some little coves that are only accessible from the sea.
If We Were To Be Critical...
The Puglia landscape is tough and in places barren. This is one of the poorest areas of Western Europe, and this does show, especially in the two main towns of Bari and Brindisi, which have little obvious attraction to visitors. The mid summer months can get noticeably busier – particularly evident on the beaches, especially with domestic visitors. The beaches have a coarse sand with some shale underfoot so off rocks swimming is popular.
The Amalfi area is one of the most expensive areas in Italy, and probably the many repeat visitors would not have it any other way. The hotels tend to be open for 6/7 months of the year, with probably the 3 mid-summer months the time for hotel profit. Demand totally exceeds supply, so the rates are “maxed” out.
See comment above on beaches.