To the millions of visitors who flock to Northern and Central Italy, Puglia has long been little more than the heel to Italys boot. But the secret is out: this sun-drenched slice of Southern Italy, with its scenic landscape and locally produced Mediterranean-style cuisine, comes close to perfection. For beach-lovers, the region offers more than 500 miles of coastline, lapped by the Adriatic Sea to the east and the Ionian Sea in the south. Yet its shimmering sands and rocky coves are only part of Puglias charm: inland it is thickly carpeted with olive groves (more than half the countrys olive oil comes from Puglia) and orchards of almond and cherry trees. The magnificent Baroque masterpieces of Lecce and Martina Franca vie for the accolade of most beautiful town, while three UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including Puglias unique conical-roofed houses known as trulli, as well as several important archaeological sites, offer a fascinating insight into the regions colourful past. Our villas are all restored trulli or masseria (farmhouses), their traditional architecture complemented by cool and contemporary interiors. Located in the southern Salento area and the central Valle dItria, some are close to the beach, others are a little further inland.