Borgo Egnazia © Gianni Buonsante

A bit more rustic than its rural counterparts like Tuscany, Italy’s boot heel is nonetheless as charming as the rest of the country – and these are the best Puglia hotels to book this year.

Highlights of this sunny southern region include golden cities such as Lecce – known as the Florence of the South, and for good reason – fishing villages along the Adriatic coast and, of course, the food – it’s is where the burrata comes from. Other delicacies visitors shouldn’t miss include orecchiettes, sea urchins, fava beans and wild chicory, and taralli (crispy dough rings that are just perfect with your late-night appetizer).

BEST HOTELS IN PUGLIA

And if you want to see the famous conical trulli of the region, don’t miss the town of Alberobello and Valle d’Itria.

Borgo Egnazia is one of the best hotels in Puglia, designed as an authentic Puglian village, with many restaurants and swimming pools to enjoy, and even a place to have a drink at sunset.

Or check into Don Totu, a charming townhouse in a sleepy village, perfectly located for exploring the towns of Gallipoli, Castro and Lecce, all within a 45 minute drive from the property.

These are the best hotels in Puglia for a holiday in southern Italy…

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Borgo Egnazia, Savelletri di Fasano

This resort near the seaside village of Savelletri is one of Puglia’s most famous hotels — and not just because it’s where Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel got married in 2012. It’s modeled after a traditional Puglia village , with so many restaurants that guests often find it difficult to drag themselves out of the resort during their stay. These include an on-site pizzeria and poolside bar serving midday puccias (a traditional Salento sandwich) — and the breakfast buffet includes whole balls of burrata to savor first. .

The cream-colored stone of the buildings perfectly complements the pink bougainvillea and bright blue skies (most often).

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This charming townhouse is in a sleepy village which is the perfect base for day trips to Lecce, Castro and Gallipoli. The historic house is much larger than you’d expect from the outside, with green lawns stretching out behind the main building, a swimming pool (plus an airy, colorful pool house), and rooftop terraces to match.

The art-loving scholars behind the restoration have impeccable taste — there are just a handful of rooms, but each has effortlessly stylish Italian interiors, with ceramic lamps, mid-century chairs, and steps. of TV. Vespas and bicycles are ready to borrow, with beach bags ready to embark on your coastal adventure.

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Masseria San Domenico, Savelletri di Fasano

The older sister of Borgo Egnazia and just a five-minute drive up the road, Masseria San Domenico is a more traditional hotel with an impressive medi-spa specializing in thalassotherapy on-site.

The estate has a watchtower dating from the 14th century, which once served to watch over the Knights of Malta. The huge pool is more like a lagoon, and there’s an 18-hole golf course with an adjoining country club, where simple Puglian meals are prepared by the resident massaia (housewife or housewife).

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This Puglia hotel is located in Lecce, known as the Florence of the South and a city full of Baroque buildings. Housed in one of its monuments built in the 1930s, the Palazzo BN was once a bank. Each of the 13 suites has a living room, plus a kitchen that may not be in use, as there are three restaurants in the marble lobby, which is designed to feel like a food court.

The hotel also has a rooftop terrace to enjoy the sunset, after a day spent exploring the Baroque Lady herself or other coastal towns such as Gallipoli and Otranto.

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A restored palace in the dazzling, all-white town of Ostuni, Paragon 700 is the perfect hotel for wine lovers – it has its own cellar, plus a vintage car you can borrow for trips to local vineyards . Guests can also visit olive oil farms and learn how to prepare the most popular burrata of all Puglia exports.

The beach is nearby and the hotel has a yacht that guests can hire to visit the coves and turquoise bays of the coast. The palace stays open long after the summer crowds dwindle, so it’s a great option for fall trips.

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Baglioni Masseria Muzza, Otranto

The Baglioni hotel group knows the art of Italian hospitality well, with editions in all the major cities of the country, from Venice to Rome (via the Maldives). Its latest addition is Masseria Muzza, a whitewashed farmhouse that was built in the 17th century.

The hotel may be on an estate that spans five acres, but it’s only a short drive to the walled city of Otranto – and its beautiful old town, castle medieval and its Romanesque cathedral. The hotel is also close to Baia del Turchi, one of the most beautiful beaches in Salento.

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Masseria Torre Maizza, Savelletri di Fasano

This masseria is another successful hotel for the Rocce Forte group, whose impeccable retreats include Villa Igiea in the Sicilian city of Palermo, the hallowed Hotel de Russie in Rome and Brown’s in London.

The traditional Apulian farmhouse dates back to the 16th century, with 40 rooms and suites, each with a living room and magnificent views. There’s an entire wing that can be booked by larger groups to form a space with up to nine suites, complete with terraces, stone bathrooms, plunge pools and, of course, more sea views. beautiful countryside of Puglia. On the Adriatic coast, the masseria has its own beach club.

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Venturi Ducal Palace, Minervino di Lecce

In the southern commune of Minervino di Lecce, in the province of Lecce, Palazzo Ducale Venturi is a perfectly positioned base for exploring the Ionian and Adriatic coasts.

Hotel guests can sign up for “gastronomic safaris” that will take them on a day-long adventure to discover Valle d’Itria or Salento by meeting local guides and producers. Other excursions offered include a craft beer tasting in Lecce, cooking classes among the olive groves and organic gardens of a private home, and wine tours of two historic estates.

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Masseria Calderisi, Savelletri di Fasano

Set in almost 8 hectares of countryside, with olive and lemon groves, Masseria Calderisi is a recently renovated 17th century farmhouse close to the Adriatic coast. The hotel is organized around a piazza, with 24 rooms and suites, each with a terrace or a private garden.

For the ultimate seclusion, book the Il Fortino suite, hidden from the rest of the property next to a private walled garden and swimming pool. Or for distant sea views, the Tower 1658 suite at the top of the farmhouse has access to a roof terrace – as well as vaulted ceilings, stone fireplaces and alcoves, details dating back to 1658.

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Palazzo Bozzi Corso by La Fiermontina, Lecce

Lecce has no shortage of spectacularly opulent buildings and the Palazzo Bozzi Corso is certainly one of them. Built in 1775, the historic house is located in the center of the old town, close to the Basilica of Santa Croce. The backdrop may be centuries-old, but the palace is also adorned with modern artwork.

There are just 10 suites, and the hotel also has a rooftop terrace with a plunge pool that’s the perfect place to admire Lecce’s many spiers and ornate buildings from afar.

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