The road less travelled: four ultimate Italian journeys by car

The Salento peninsula at the southern tip of Puglia offers a road trip packed with sandy beaches, clifftop cave dwellings, dolmens and towns studded with elaborate, baroque palazzi. But where else stands out for an off-the-beaten-track road trip?

In pictures: the villages, beaches and grottoes that dot the Puglia coast

The Salento peninsula at the southern tip of Puglia offers a road trip packed with sandy beaches, clifftop cave dwellings, dolmens and towns studded with elaborate, baroque palazzi. 

What they’re eating in Puglia

Once one of Italy’s most overlooked culinary destinations, Puglia is now firmly on the map for its plant-based dishes, pristine seafood and rising crop of converted farmhouses offering gourmet experiences.

Photo story: the villages, caves and coast of Puglia

Puglia — the heel in Italy's boot — is a sumptuous and unspoilt region famed for its trullo villages, dramatic caves and coastline, and spellbinding baroque cities; a place where local artisans work their magic in vineyards, workshops and restaurants.

Rooms: Puglia

Skip the hotel, and try these alternative spots around the Italian port city of Bari

Ask the experts: a trip to Puglia

Our panel gives advice on a trip to the Southern Italian region of Puglia, including recommendations for hotels, sights and itinerary. Have a travel query? Email the team at inbox@natgeotraveller.co.uk

Puglia: Shepherding now and zen

"Out here, it's just me and my brain," shepherd Graziantonio Creanza proclaims via a translator, as he trills instructions to his 100-odd sheep high on the Murgia plateau near Altamura, Puglia. "I just empty my mind and live"

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