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Lonely Planet:

“ Puglia is Italy’s ascendant region, a place where savvy travellers bored or worn down by the crowds of Campania and Tuscany escape for something a bit less frenetic and manicured. Top of the list for prospective newcomers is the food. Puglia’s cucina povera is about as earthy as Italian cuisine gets without eating it straight out of the soil. Then there’s the exuberant architecture, best summarised by the word ‘baroque’ and exhibited in all its finery in the glittering ‘Florence of the South’, Lecce, and its smaller sibling, Gallipoli.

With the longest coastline of any region in mainland Italy, Puglia is larger than many people realise. In the north, the spur of land sticking out into the Adriatic is occupied by the balmy microclimates of the Gargano peninsula, a kind of miniature Amalfi with fewer poseurs. The Italian boot’s ‘stiletto’ hosts the land of Salento, a dry scrubby region famous for its wines, and bloodthirsty Greek and Turkish history. In between lies the Valle d’Itria, a karstic depression populated by vastly contrasting medieval towns that have little in common apart from their haunting beauty.

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Here are some of the more outstanding five star accommodations in Puglia (aka Apulia):

> Borgo Egnazia
Savelletri di Fasano – 72015 Fasano Brindisi Puglia
T: +39 080 225 5000
W: www.borgoegnazia.com

> Masseria Torre Maizza
72015 Savelletri di Fasano Brindisi Apulia
T: +39 080.482.78.38
F: +39 080.441.40.59
E: info@masseriatorremaizza.com
W: www.masseriatorremaizza.com

> Masseria San Domenico / Spa-Thalasso & Golf
A: Strada Proviciale 90 – 72015 Savelletri di Fasano Brindisi
T: 39 080 4827769 –
F: +39 080 4827978
E: info@masseriasandomenico.com
W: www.masseriasandomenico.com

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> Don Ferrante Dimore di Charme
A: Via S. Vito, 27 – Monopoly
T: +39 080.742521
W: www.donferrante.it

> Masseria Torre Coccaro
A: Coccaro Contrada Coccaro 8 72015 Savelletri di Fasano Brindisi Apulia
T: +39 080.482.93.10
E: info@masseriatorrecoccaro.com
W: www.masseriatorrecoccaro.com

> Mantatelurè
A: Via V. dei Prioli, 42, 73100 Lecce
T: +39 0832 24 28 88
E: info@mantatelure.it
W: www.mantatelure.it