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Monopoli is a wonderful destination to choose for a holiday or part of a longer trip to Puglia or a winter break even. Almost equidistant and less than an hour from Bari and Brindisi airports, it is easy to get a transfer and avoid the need for a car. The town has everything you could possibly need – a modern part with chic shops (Don Ferrante will even get you a personal shopper); a sheltered harbour, with traditional fishing boats; and a quaint centro storico, with some great trattorie and restaurants. Full of character, houses seem literally crammed into the narrow streets and alleyways and it is a joy to stroll around. Along the walls from Don Ferrante is just one of Monopoli’s pretty little rocky coves, with some golden sand and crystal clear water, and overlooked by the incredible 1000 year old Castle of Santo Stefano.

Wedged between the azure Adriatic and Monopoli’s whitewashed houses, the boutique Don Ferrante is breathtakingly lovely. A tangle of intricate narrow alleyways and streets wind their way through Monopoli’s centro storico, passing important historic buildings, tumbledown churches, magnificent palazzi and quaint houses, often with people sitting outside nattering with neighbours. Meander through and, on a narrow street with a glimpse of the sea at the bottom, you find Don Ferrante. Viewed from the street, the hotel seems unimposing, giving little idea of the exclusivity and seclusion lying beyond the white humble façade of this unique building. Near to the castle and right on the sea, Don Ferrante was formerly a sixteenth century fortress, built into Monopoli’s defensive walls. The ancient complex of buildings is notable for its fourteen chimneys, beautifully illuminated at night, and gleaming white during the day. Never has a chimney been more photogenic! Its colours are the bright blues of sea and sky, mellow honeyed tones of natural stone and stark gleaming white. It is a stunning hotel – as boutique as you can get and strikingly beautiful, with bucket loads of Pugliese character. Give us one good reason NOT to go?

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Unmissable sites of Puglia

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Bari

Bari is often overlooked, but it does hold a few hidden gems that you must explore after you get off the plane and shout straight off to your destination...

Lecce

The "Florence of the South", beautiful Baroque façades, elegant palazzi, wonderful churches & great shopping.

Ostuni

Famous for its whitewashed houses Ostuni is one of the more famous cities in Southern Italy. 

Cisternino

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Food & Wine in Puglia

Puglia, perhaps, has some of the finest food that Italy has to offer. It is, in many ways, the definition of traditional Mediterranean food.

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Tucked away from mass tourism sits undiscovered Puglia, boasting golden beaches, cuisine dictated by seasons and glittering sunshine. The "bread basket of Italy" is a haven to those seeking quintessential Italian experiences.