Places to Go

Puglia offers a wealth of diversions; two coast lines, a vast number of hill towns each with their own characteristics, and always beautiful, rugged scenery with knarled olive trees, spring flowers, red soil and acres of vineyards.

There will be plenty of information available to you on arrival (or booking, if you prefer) including recommendations and directions for your days out. You will also be welcome to use our GPS navigation system to help you find all our favourite restaurants, shops and beaches!

Local Hill Towns
Ceglie Messapica is just two kilometres from Trullo Solari, and provides all the amenties that you may need, including an attractive old town for your evening promenade. It is famed for its restaurants, including "Ricci's" - which has the accolade of being Antonio Carluccio's favourite restaurant in Southern Italy.

Ostuni, just 10km from Trullo Solari, is a fantastic hill town, with the centro storico revealing great bars and restaurants. The town has many facilities, and the market on Saturday morning provides everything you can imagine.

Cisternino has its own character and charm, many free summer concerts and great restaurants.

Beaches
On this peninsula, you are never too far from the sea. The Adriatic sea is just 15 minutes from Trullo Solari, with family beaches and all facilities you need - including seafood and gelato! On the opposite coast, the Ionian, you will find stretches of open beach. Both coastlines offer large beaches and quiet coves, with beautiful clear blue water. Further south the shore becomes more rugged and dramatic.

Alberobello and Martina Franca
Alberobello is a must for anyone interested in the region's trulli buildings. It is a small town, consisting almost entirely of trulli. Although crowded with tourists in summer, it is worth a visit... and we can recommend some great local restaurants to complete your day.

Martina Franca is the smartest town in the area. The Sunday evening passeggiata is a display to behold! The old town centre is a typical example of baroque art, with its white lanes, elegant mansions and stately churches and commune buildings.

Salento Region
Heading south from Trullo Solari, you will soon find yourself in the Salento region, which extends to the very tip of Italy's heel. The landscape becomes more wild and rugged, with fantastic rocky coastline.

On your way you will find baroque Lecce, the "Florence of the South"; full of amazing architecture carved into the soft stone. Further south on the coast is Otranto - don't miss the huge mosaic floors in the church and the 800 skulls of massacred monks.

Matera and Gravina di Puglia
Matera and Gravina are an hour and a half from Trullo Solari, but it is a pleasant drive through the Puglian countryside, and a great day out.

Matera (the setting for Passion of the Christ) is the most outstanding, intact example of a troglodyte settlement in the Mediterranean region. Deserted in 1950 due to the typhoid and rank living conditions, it is now being revived as a World Heritage Site. The first inhabited zone dates from the Palaeolithic, while later settlements illustrate a number of significant stages in human history. Restorations are now centred around some great restaurants, boutique shops and art galleries. Matera is in the southern region of Basilicata.

Gravina is nearby, an artistic town picturesquely situated above a deep gorge, with tiny lanes leading through the Medieval old town centre.