The central-southern part of Apulia is just waiting to be discovered. Enchanting rural landscapes, ancient manor houses, traditional Trulli houses and dry stone walls characterise the vast area of the Valle d’Itria, between the provinces of Brindisi, Bari and Taranto. Here, immersed among infinite expanses of vineyards and olive groves, the stone trulli houses with their cone shaped roofs lend a most original atmosphere to this inland area of Apulia with its charming villages, with first and foremost, Alberobello, listed among Unesco’s World Heritage sites. Other towns worth visiting in the “Valle dei Trulli” include Locorotondo, Cisternino, Martina Franca and Ostuni, also known as the white city. Further south lies the Salento, the southernmost part of Apulia that boasts some of Italy’s best beaches, particularly for families. Along the coast, wide sandy beaches alternate with cliffs, coves and bays framed by green expanses of Mediterranean maquis. Don’t miss the baroque town of Lecce, the capital of the Salento, Otranto, particularly loved by underwater divers, Santa Maria di Leuca, where the Adriatic and Ionian seas meet, and Gallipoli, a fascinating locality on the Ionian coast.