The heel of Italy’s boot, Puglia is an off-the-beaten-path region with a significant coastline, rich history, and charming coastal towns. No trip here is complete without a boat tour or snorkeling adventure, exploring ancient Roman ruins, strolling pretty piazzas, and indulging in ultrafresh seafood. Here are a few ways to enjoy Puglia’s coast.
- Cruise through sea caves during a boat tour of Polignano a Mare, a coastal town with dramatic cliffs at the water’s edge.
- Raise a glass at sunset with an aperitivo-themed catamaran trip from Gallipoli, a city with a historic walled old town connected to the mainland by a narrow bridge.
- Explore the city of Lecce with a private walking tour that includes an ancient Roman amphitheater.
- Swim and snorkel in the protected marine area of Porto Cesareo during a boat trip that covers 19 miles (30 kilometers) of coastline to Punta Prosciutto.
- Follow a local private guide to discover an insider’s perspective on the city of Bari, including piazzas, churches, and a castle dating back to the 12th century.