Monopoli’s centerpiece is the 16th Century Charles V castle overlooking a delightful fishing harbour, another draw are the sweetly delicious patisseries and gelatos at the renowned Café Roma. Polignano perched on a cliff has spectacular views, especially for the high divers who fly off them in the world championships. Stop here for a morning café especiale, with a twist of lemon, a shot of liqueur and a swirl of cream.
The trulli of Alberobello with their conical roofs, are fascinating dry stone constructions with a keystone above the front door which when removed reduced the home to a pile of rubble, a feudal tax avoidance scheme. Today more than 1,600 more permanent trulli line the meandering streets with many owners welcoming visitors inside for nothing more than a pride in the history.
Puglia’s passion is food, our chefs can teach you how to perfect a peppery pignata octopus, or focaccia pugliese.
Our sommelier and Official Taster for Italy will engage experts and beginners with the geography and history of Apulian wines, sampling local Fiano, Negroamaro or Primitivo.
Relax at Il Melograno’s beach club, Tamerici, dine at chic sister hotel La Peschiera by the Adriatic, take a boat out from our marina for a sea view of Polignano a Mare’s cliffs.
Bicycles can be delivered on request and the ruins of Egnazia are only a ten minute ride away.
Chasing tuna or octopus fishing on a traditional polporella boat, in a cool and peaceful dawn.
Tour in Italian style with the breeze in your hair on a Vespa or in a cute cinquecento, country lanes will take you through olive groves, vineyards and historic towns.
Visit our sister hotel Il Melograno, an authentic masseria, who produce their own superb Extra Virgin Olive Oil.
Our sister hotel, Il Melograno, has a private helipad from where we offer a two or six hour sky perspective of Valle d'Itria and the Adriatic coast.