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Tour Puglia’s Hilltop Towns from Our Hotels

For anyone with a yearning to discover the true heart and soul of Italy, it may come as a surprise to find it in all its authentic, rustic and romantic glory tucked away in the heel of a boot.

No longer the ‘undiscovered’ secret it once was, it’s hard not to fall under the spell of Puglia’s extensive charms and the essence of its deeply ingrained ancient culture. From its vantage in the heel of the country’s famous boot, Puglia’s sunburnt landscape is defined by the celebrated Baroque beauty of Lecce and its captivating coastal and hilltop towns.

Prestige Holidays’ collection of handpicked accommodation in Puglia situates you in the ideal position to explore the history, culture and cuisine of, dare I say it, the real Italy.

Sextantio Le Grotte Della Civita

Absolutely unique and entirely enchanting, the Sextantio Le Grotte Della Civita is right in the heart of UNESCO-listed Matera. This protected town is renowned for its ancient cave dwellings (called sassi), so what better history lesson could there be than to experience them for yourself? The hotel comprises 18 caves and, while the architecture may be authentic, the extensive luxury facilities of these restored dwellings provide all the accoutrements of modern life.


Matera’s sassi dwellings are just one aspect of its cultural charms. There are numerous historical churches and crypts and the delicious local cuisine is a stand out. With everything on your cave doorstep you may never want to leave.

Oh, but you should! Because Matera also makes a good base for exploring the famous conical-roofed trulli of Alberobello, the thirteenth-century Castel del Monte, the picturesque coastal town of Monopoli, and the dramatic caves and cliffs of Polignano. It also puts you within easy reach of the magnificent Baroque city of Lecce.

Patria Palace

Lecce’s reputation goes beyond the borders of Puglia; it’s considered one of the most beautiful cities in the country. Housed in an eighteenth-century palazzo directly opposite the Basilica, the lovely Patria Palace wears its classic history with an air of grace. Its tastefully restored rooms and spacious proportions surround guests in an ambience of refined hospitality, and a magnificent rooftop terrace provides breathtaking views over the city and beyond.


Lecce’s moniker as the “Florence of the South” is upheld in an array of stunning Baroque architecture and the crumbling ruins of ancient Roman history in its central amphitheatre. The warm climate encourages a delightful al fresco lifestyle; with the traditional cucina povera at its heart, its cuisine is every bit as appealing as its extensive artistic heritage.

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Want to discover the charm of Puglia’s culture, history and landscape for yourself? Prestige Holidays can show you the real Italy from a base in one of our handpicked hotels. Feel free to get in touch with one of our friendly advisors to assist you with the booking process and find out why Puglia is fast becoming one of Italy’s cultural hotspots.

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