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Discover Historic Puglia

The hotels in Puglia are popular with tourists throughout the year, and the region attracts tourists from all over the world because of its beautiful landscapes, delicious food and picturesque towns. However, it is also an area rich in history and there are a number of places where you can discover this for yourself during your holiday. Here are some of the main historic attractions that you can enjoy.

Castel del Monte

This imposing castle is one of the most impressive buildings you will see in the whole region. You can reach it from Bari with ease, and it is a popular attraction for anyone staying in hotels in Puglia. The building was built in the 13th century, by Frederick II from Swabia. While it is very tall, its real purpose is not really known because it is not fortified – but nevertheless, prepare to be impressed.


You will find the ancient town of Egnazia near Monopoli, and it should be relatively easy to reach no matter where your choice of hotels in Puglia is situated. There is an interesting museum here that contains many artifacts that have been discovered in the region, including mosaics and sculptures. The town was was very important in the 5th century BC, and you can still see some of the ancient walls to this day. The beach is also great and the perfect place for a dip in the heat of the day.

The Cathedral of Otranto

This impressive cathedral dates back to the 11th century, and is a very popular attraction. The mosaic floor, which was built in the 12th century, is especially attractive, and the rose window is spectacular. However, it is the Chapel of the Dead that is the big draw. Here you will see the skulls of 800 martyrs who were beheaded centuries ago.

Trulli in Alberobello

Trulli are small limestone houses unique to the region. While they are located in various parts of the area, Alberobello remains one of the best places to see them. These houses were not built with mortar but using a drywall technique. They have distinctive dome roofs and you will see plenty in easy view in Alberobello.


This attractive town dates back to the Trojan wars. It is a historic town that is home to the Basilica di Santa Croce, a beautiful Baroque church from 1695. It also has a lovely decorated fa├žade and some beautiful artworks displayed inside.

Enjoy the Historic Attractions

Hotels in Puglia attract visitors all year round, with many tourists coming especially to see the fascinating historic attractions that tell the story of this region. While there are countless others, the ones above will give you a good insight.

Helen Forbes is from Essential Italy, a company specialising in Italian holiday villas, apartments and hotels. If you’re looking for the perfect hotels in Puglia we can help. Our handpicked accommodation offers distinctive Italian qualities, great comfort and convenience.