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Where to Stay, Eat, and Play in Puglia

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This sun-bathed swath of southern Italy is famous for its beautiful coastline, its distinctive whitewashed villages, and its rich farmland. Visit the olive groves, relish the seafood, admire the baroque architecture in Lecce—and let the simple charm of this region win you over. Here's a guide to where to stay, eat, and play in Puglia.
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Via Scipione Petrarolo, 7, 72017 Ostuni BR, Italy
Located in the hilltop town of Ostuni, this small boutique hotel has stunning views of the valley and coast below and a wonderful aperitif-tasting menu. From $173. This appeared in the Nov/Dec 2015 issue.
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Contrada Coccaro, 72015 Fasano BR, Italy
Masseria Torre Maizza and its sister resort Masseria Torre Coccaro near Monopoli feature lovely spas, broad terraces for a sunset aperitif, fortified towers from the 15th century surrounded by olive groves, and restaurants on the beach. From $321....
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Via Villa Castelli, 74015 Martina Franca TA, Italy
Not far from the historical town of Martina Franca, Fumarola’s 14 suites, each with unique interior designs, are built from trulli, traditional Apulian drystone huts with conical roofs. The property is owned and managed by an aristocratic family...
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SP358, 14, 73028 Otranto LE, Italy
A luxury masseria (manor farm) near the southern town of Otranto, Montelauro was originally built in 1878. Its 29 rooms, many with vaulted stone ceilings, look out onto a central garden and swimming pool or command views of the countryside....
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Piazza Amati, 1, 72015 Fasano BR, Italy
Be sure to order a bottle of white Sale wine to accompany the seafood crudo in this little glass box of a restaurant right by the sea. This appeared in the Nov/Dec 2015 issue.
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Via Guglielmo Paladini, 2, 73100 Lecce LE, Italy
Have a long, relaxed lunch of salad, pizza, or sandwiches—featuring excellent cured meats and cheeses—in a beautiful outdoor seating area right next to the Cathedral of Lecce. With dessert have a traditional iced coffee with almond milk.
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Via Ascanio Grandi, 56, 73100 Lecce LE, Italy
In his small private archaeological museum, Luciano Faggiano displays artifacts from multiple layers of Lecce’s history— Messapian, Roman, medieval, Byzantine—that he discovered digging beneath the floor of what he once hoped would become his...
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Via Roma, 40, 73020 Santa Cesarea Terme LE, Italy
In the small coastal town of Santa Cesarea Terme, partake of the thermal sulfuric waters and various other wellness treatments, such as massage and respiratory therapy, in an updated classic 19th-century spa. For something more brisk, plunge into...