Inland from Otranto, this 19th-century building has been thoroughly modernised — inside it’s all whitewash, exposed stone and gleaming white furniture, while, outside, olive trees shade the pool. Doubles from £151.
Distinctive ‘hobbit house’ trullos? Check. Ancient olive groves? Check. ‘Hobbit town’ Alberobello on the doorstep? Check. This is the classic Puglian rental, and with three bedrooms and two bathrooms plus a pool, it’s a good choice for families. From £1,450 a week.
A triple-cone trullo near Ostuni turned holiday palace for nine. Soak in the pool or hot tub, or take a turn around the orchard — lemons, limes, peaches and figs all grow here. From £1,450 per week.
Albergo Diffuso Monopoli
One of Puglia’s prettiest fishing towns plays host to this ‘albergo diffuso’ or ‘scattered hotel’ — rooms and suites dotted across town, converging round a central cafe. Doubles from £53.
Published in the Jan/Feb 2017 issue of National Geographic Traveller (UK)