Puglia is also known as the ‘Heel of Italy'. It lies in the heart of the Mediterranean, even though it is flanked by the Adriatic Sea along its length and the Ionian Sea at it’s tip. It is a land of olive trees and vineyards, rich brown and red soils, mild wet winters and hot dry summers. It’s people are friendly and welcoming, with ready smiles. Puglia is sometimes referred to as the ‘breadbasket’ of Italy as much of Italy’s pasta and over half its olive oil is produced here. In addition to these staples, Puglia is becoming known for its rich fruity red wines, particularly those from its Salento region. Food is also an integral part of the culture and main dishes are distinguished by an explosion of flavor in its meat and pasta.
Many Puglia luxury vacation rentals are available through Villaway.com. Our holiday villas in Puglia range from 3 bedrooms, 3 baths to 9 bedrooms, 10 baths and can accommodate up to 20 guests. Outdoor amenities are plentiful and include such offerings as stunning views of the surrounding landscape, large manicured lawns, private pools and built-in hot tubs, covered conversation areas and open sun areas with daybeds, complete outdoor kitchens and large al-fresco dining spaces.
Inside our luxury vacation homes, similar amenities are found. Living spaces are imbued with a sense of grandeur and history that is rarely found in modern architecture. Age-old artisan craftsmanship is apparent in the native materials, soaring ceilings and abundant natural light. Formal dining rooms, with exquisite furnishings, comfortably accommodate virtually any size group. Modern conveniences blend seamlessly with respected tradition. Gourmet kitchens feature Sub-Zero, Wolf and Miele appliances. Bedroom sanctuaries offer seating areas, many with outdoor access and luxurious ensuite baths, with Jacuzzi tubs, steam showers and more. Media rooms, game rooms, wine cellars, dedicated office space, home fitness centers and bar/lounges are also common.
Visit the Basilica Di Santa Croce Tours, an ornate and fanciful Baroque church festooned with garlands, statuary, mythical beasts and gargoyles, with a colonnaded façade dominated by a vast rose window. Take a tour of the Lecce Roman Amphitheatre. The horseshoe-shaped theater dates back to the second century BC. It was discovered in the early 1900s and excavated in 1938. Spend a day in Puglia’s Gargano National Park. It is one of the largest in Italy, covering more than 467 square miles. The park is named for Monte Gargano, a mountain peak on the promontory, and includes an archipelago of islands off the coast called the Tremiti Islands.
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