Pronounced “Pul-ya” or “A-pul-a” –  more frequently in English, Puglia is the southeastern region of Ital.  Often referred to as the “Bootheel of Italy,” it has long remained one of Italy’s best-kept secrets.

Destination Overview

Puglia is a unique treasure undeniably on par with its more renowned Italian siblings such as Campania and Tuscany. Yet, it is one of the least explored regions of Italy. From the Baroque capital of Lecce to the wonders of UNESCO World Heritage towns Alberobello and Matera, or the olive groves that carpet the landscape to the seaside hamlets with unspoiled beaches, Puglia retains a rustic and tangible authenticity. Locals live off the same land, growing food as their families have for generations. Here, it is not uncommon to be greeted by ladies making the region’s traditional orecchiette pasta or invited to sample today’s creation by a local cheesemaker.

Life is slower and simpler in Puglia. Though its history runs deep with Greek, Norman, Byzantine, and Spanish influences, today, Puglia’s own rich culture and unspoiled way of life depict Italy in its most traditional and authentic form. It is, indeed, Italy’s “undiscovered pearl.”

Trip Highlights

Spend 2-nights in Matera, one of the world's oldest cities

Bake traditional Matera bread with a local baker

Tour the Puglian countryside in a self-drive electric car

Visit Cisternino, one of "The Most Beautiful Villages in Italy"

Explore the medieval passageways of Ostuni, "The White City"

Bike through the Puglian landscape of citrus and olive tree groves

Revel in dinner at Grotta Palazzese, one of the "10 Most Spectacular Restaurants in the World"

Explore the beautiful Lecce, "The Florence of the South"

Take in the fairytale atmosphere of Alberobello and the towns famed Trulli homes

Dates & Rates

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$8,750 per person based on double occupancy



The itinerary departs any day



Group size

Private groups of 2 to 12 people

Your Contribution to Sustainable Tourism

Environmental Impact: Measures have been taken to positively impact our environment

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Cultural Engagement: Experiences on this journey provide authentic cultural interaction and connection

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Carbon Offset

The Evolved Traveler is allocating $95 per person* in conjunction with our partners, Offset Alliance,  to help offset this journey through verified carbon removal and reversals projects.

The amount is determined by calculating the carbon footprint for this journey considering flights to the destination, intra-tour flights if applicable, hotel stays, and ground transportation. An additional 25% is added to the static factors to offset components we cannot immediately account for, such as food.

The carbon emissions accounted for are calculated by using measurement benchmarks determined by the United Nations World Tourism Organization. The projects our carbon-offset donations are distributed to can be seen at

*The amount shown is an estimation for this journey. The exact will be calculated at the time of booking based on the city of origin for flights to the destination, and the specifications of the itinerary.

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