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.