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From areas of outstanding natural beauty to centuries-old architecture, the Concierge at Masseria Torre Maizza shares some of their favourite things to do in Puglia.


The Gargano Peninsula
178km from Masseria Torre Maizza
Awash with spectacular natural beauty, the Gargano Peninsula is home to ancient ruins, national parks, pristine coastline and fragrant pine forests. Set out early to allow for a whole day to soak up the tranquil wilderness of Puglia’s stunning countryside.


Castel del Monte
115km from Masseria Torre Maizza
Absolutely perfect in its construction and design, Castel del Monte is a hilltop 13th-century castle built by Emperor Frederick II. It’s an unusual blend of influences, featuring classical, northern European and Islamic aesthetics, with unrivalled views across Puglia’s wine country.


Bari
60km from Masseria Torre Maizza
The capital of Puglia, Bari is a bustling port town nudged up against the Adriatic coast. Make a beeline for the charming Old Town. Duck under the historic Arco del Pellegrino (Pilgrim’s Arch) to reach the 11th-century Romanesque Basilica di San Nicola, dedicated to none other than Father Christmas, Bari’s patron saint.


Città Bianche
30km from Masseria Torre Maizza
Scattered across hillsides throughout Puglia, the whitewashed città biancheoffer history, culture and stunning panoramic vistas in equal measure. Enjoy a glass of local Spumantein Locorotondo and don’t miss the ancient cathedral in Ostuni.


Alberobello’s Trulli
25km from Masseria Torre Maizza
The scenic UNESCO World Heritage Alberobello is not only one of Puglia’s città bianche, but also a world-famous destination in its own right for the 1,400 historic trulli that line its narrow streets. With conical roofs, these miniature stone cottages are straight out of the pages of a fairytale.


Grotte di Castellana
33km from Masseria Torre Maizza
Slowly growing in majesty over the course of 90 million years, the Grotte di Castellana was discovered in the 1930s. Visitors can discover a 2-mile subterranean maze of tunnels and galleries, canyons and caves lying 60m below the ground.


Polignano a Mare
26km from Masseria Torre Maizza
Perched atop a soaring limestone cliff overlooking the turquoise Adriatic, Polignano a Mare is a sleepy seaside town famous for cliff diving—although it’s creamy gelato comes in a close second. Dine here at sunset to witness the sparkling light fading over the horizon.


Basilica di Santa Croce
122km from Masseria Torre Maizza
The Basilica di Santa Croce is just one of the architectural marvels in Lecce, known affectionately as the “Florence of the South”. Elaborately crafted in the 16th and 17th centuries, the entire structure is breathtaking— be sure to admire the ornate altar of San Francesco di Paola.


Otranto Cathedral
145km from Masseria Torre Maizza
A cathedral seemingly unlike any other, Otranto Cathedral was built by the Normans in the 11th century and features an enormous, staggeringly beautiful floor mosaic crafted a century later by Pantaleone. While the mosaic depicts the tree of life, the cathedral is home to the Cappella Mortiri (Chapel of the Dead), the resting place of hundreds of martyrs.


Brindisi Waterfront
63km from Masseria Torre Maizza
Historically the region’s gateway to the East, the palm-tree scattered Brindisi waterfront bristles with lively cafés and restaurants. It’s ideal for whiling away an afternoon and admiring shiny yachts and rustic fishing boats bobbing in the marina.



To book your unforgettable family holiday in Puglia, call us on +39 06 32 888 890 or email reservations.torremaizza@roccofortehotels.com.

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