Everyone at Bellini Travel is in love with Puglia and Basilicata and their rich combination of picturesque hill towns, magnificent Norman cathedrals, olive trees dating back to the Roman Empire and the Baroque splendour of Lecce and Bari.

This beautiful, relatively unknown corner of Italy, with historical links to Greece just across the Adriatic, possesses unexpected delights such as the dazzling mosaics of Otranto Cathedral and the cave dwellings of Matera.

Culture aside, the food in Puglia is outstanding. Some interesting wines have been emerging in recent years and the people are enormously welcoming. Without a doubt, Puglia and Basilicata are some of the most interesting if neglected areas of Italy.