The heel of the Italian “boot”, Puglia is the land of ancient olive trees, Adriatic beaches, endless vineyards, and those ubiquitous conical trulli.

Great roads and terrific weather make for first-rate walking and some of the best biking in Italy. Just as impressive is the cuisine, including fresh local seafood, orrechiette (ear-shaped pasta), and tasty tomato-based sauces.

Peppered among the sun-soaked towns are several upscale hotels. One of our favourites is Masseria Montelauro, a country house just two kilometres from the ancient seaside town of Otranto. Travelling north past the Baroque wonders of Lecce to whitewashed Ostuni, Le Relais Sommità is a chic boutique hotel. Finally, no trip is complete without a visit to Masseria Torre Maizza or Masseria Torre Cocarro, sister hotels that offer casual elegance near the iconic towns of Locorotondo and Alberobello.

Gray & Co.’s biking in Puglia was featured in Private Clubs magazine. In the article “The Italy you don’t know – but should!” by Andrew Sessa we’re described as “a top flight outfit whose custom itineraries combine the pleasures of food & drink with the rigors of daily biking and hiking treks.” To read the full article and learn more about the pleasures of Puglia click here.