Rooms: Puglia

Skip the hotel, and try these alternative spots around the Italian port city of BariThursday, 12 January 2017

Masseria Montelauro
Inland from Otranto, this 19th-century building has been thoroughly modernised — inside it's all whitewash, exposed stone and gleaming white furniture, while, outside, olive trees shade the pool. Doubles from £151.

Trulli Fioriti
Distinctive 'hobbit house' trullos? Check. Ancient olive groves? Check. 'Hobbit town' Alberobello on the doorstep? Check. This is the classic Puglian rental, and with three bedrooms and two bathrooms plus a pool, it's a good choice for families. From £1,450 a week.

Trullo Fico
A triple-cone trullo near Ostuni turned holiday palace for nine. Soak in the pool or hot tub, or take a turn around the orchard — lemons, limes, peaches and figs all grow here. From £1,450 per week.

Albergo Diffuso Monopoli
One of Puglia's prettiest fishing towns plays host to this 'albergo diffuso' or 'scattered hotel' — rooms and suites dotted across town, converging round a central cafe. Doubles from £53.

Published in the Jan/Feb 2017 issue of National Geographic Traveller (UK)

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