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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
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“Great town for a day trip, famous for its special elfin houses (trulli)- quite unique.”
  • 145 locals recommend
Park
“ One of the most famous and unmissable beaches during a trip to Salento, and probably one of the most beautiful in Italy, is Porto Selvaggio. It is a place to say the least magical and surrounded by nature, in fact Porto Selvaggio is located in a Natural Reserve. The beach is reached by a long walk in the woods! ”
  • 123 locals recommend
Premise
“long sandy beaches crystal waters free shuttle bus service from the main parking area tranquil paths to walk ”
  • 85 locals recommend
Beach
“Torre Guaceto - this is a WWF Natural Reserve; its name comes from the Arab Gawsit meaning “land of fresh water”. Since 1975 it has been declared a wetland of international interest and in 1991 a protected marine area has also been constituted. The reserve covers an area of nearly 22 km2 and 8 Km of coastline spread around the ancient fortified tower and is one of the best-preserved stretches of coast along the Adriatic coast. The nature reserve is a protected area between the coast of Ostuni and that of Brindisi, at Serranova. It is a natural reserve of particular beauty and importance. The area is characterized by the presence of fresh water, which helped the growth of extensive woodlands and varied species of animals. Inside there are several habitats and landscapes, including a marine reserve with rocky and sandy seabeds; a wet and marshy area inhabited by amphibians and birds; sand dunes and long sandy beaches. The wetlands, fed by brackish water ponds, are an important feature of this reserve. Along the coast lie sandy dunes formed by the action of the wind. The place is called after a tower, part of a series of towers existing along the coast. These were built in the 16th Century as a defence system by the Aragonese family. The natural area is divided into three zones that correspond to different types of protection and specific natural features. The most important area, Zone A, has a full protection status. Here hiking is possible but only with previous permission. The other 2 zones have a partial protection status ”
  • 44 locals recommend
Church
“The solemn Basilica of Santa Croce is a glimpse you don't expect, a sumptuous feast of stone that unfolds in front of the eyes of whoever strolls along Umberto I avenue, not far from Sant'Oronzo square, in Lecce, the very symbol of Lecce's Baroque. Built by the count of Lecce in 1353. The façade is punctuated by a series of columns, featuring a balcony with a balustrade, supported by figured corbels. The triumph of decorations is simply mind-blowing, while at the centre of this explosion of low reliefs and sculptures in Lecce stone stands out a magnificent large rose window fully decorated. The interior features a Latin-cross layout and a hemispherical dome. Definitely worth visiting.”
  • 69 locals recommend
Nightclub
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“Discoteca all'aperto a Castro. Molto Bella e ampia la location. Outdoor Discoteque in Castro. Very nice and wide location”
  • 23 locals recommend
Beach
“Go here to have one of the best views and admire one of the highest bridges in the area! Go down from the stairs and make the trekking tour of the canal.”
  • 23 locals recommend
Bar
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“In the splendid setting of the typical narrow streets and whitewashed houses Riccardo Caffe is the most suggestive lounge bar in Ostuni. It is located in the center of the Old Town not far from the ancient city wall. Don't miss a look inside the three ancient rooms of natural stones used as a mill several centuries ago. One of the best and fashionable place in Puglia where to drink tasty and fresh cocktails”
  • 40 locals recommend
Park
“Altra attrazione naturalistica adatta a tutta la famiglia è il parco delle Dune Costiere, dove poter passeggiare nei periodi freddi e fare il bagno in quelli caldi. Another naturalistic attraction suitable for the whole family is the park of the Coastal Dunes, where you can walk in cold periods and bathe in warm ones.”
  • 27 locals recommend
Nightclub
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“Very nice disco club situated in a magnificent setting. the perfect spot for nightlife lovers”
  • 29 locals recommend
History Museum
“The National Archaeological Museum of Taranto, the Marta, contains one of the most important archaeological collections in Italy and is located in the former Convent of San Pasquale di Babylon, near the Gardens of Piazza Garibaldi. The rooms of the raised floors are today the realm of archeology, with over two hundred thousand finds and artifacts ranging from Prehistory to the Middle Ages: the visit route follows a chronological order starting from the 5th millennium BC The first contacts of the indigenous Ipanians with the Aegean world precede the Spartan colonization of the Gulf of Taranto, while we admire objects of daily life, linked to the cult and funeral rituals of the Greek city.”
  • 35 locals recommend
Lodging
“The Maldives Beach Of Salento --- One Of the most Beautifull Beach of Italy !!! ....Maybe of the World !!!! The New York Times wrote that is one of the best of the World !!!!”
  • 17 locals recommend
Campground
  • 1 local recommends
Park
“L'Oasi, di 380 ettari, è un ambiente umido tra i più importanti dell'Italia meridionale, ultimo superstite della vasta zona paludosa e boscosa che si estendeva da Brindisi ad Otranto. All’interno dell’area protetta ci sono zone boschive caratterizzate dalla presenza di pini, lecci e querce. Il cuore della riserva è però costituito dalle paludi di acqua dolce, qui la vegetazione è costituita prevalentemente da canneti a cannuccia di palude. Vi sono inoltre numerose specie di orchidee spontanee che durante i mesi primaverili fioriscono donando ulteriori colori a quest’area. Gli animali che popolano la riserva sono numerosi, in primavera è possibile osservare il volo delle coloratissimefarfalle”
  • 38 locals recommend
Nightclub
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“La discoteca più importante d'italia, aperta 7 giorni su 7. Ideale per giovani. ”
  • 15 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Mediterranean Restaurant
“Great typical food, nice location inside of a cave (book in advance and ask to be seated in the cave).”
  • 38 locals recommend
Music Venue
“Area concerti, ogni giorno una proposta diversa. Vedrai i migliori artisti del momento”
  • 21 locals recommend
Restaurant
“"Best food in Italy" said one guest. For sure the best Pugliese traditional food in the area. Top menu item is fresh orecchiette pasta with brasciole (rolled meat, cheese and celery leaves) based tomato sauce or even better with seasonal cime di rape' green sauce in the winter! ”
  • 7 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
“In the heart of the old town of Ceglie Messapica, great food and wines at a good price!”
  • 26 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“ottimo ristorante con vista mare per mangiare il pesce fresco a buon prezzo”
  • 5 locals recommend
Restaurant
“stabilimento balneare con servizio ristorante e cocktail bar. Particolarmente frequentato è il momento dell'aperitivo pre serale con musica dal vivo”
  • 5 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“Italian cuisine with fantastic sea view, distance 9km from the property. Nice but pricey place.”
  • 14 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Da quasi vent’anni il Solatio di Torre Suda è un punto di riferimento per viaggiatori e salentini. Dalla colazione a notte fonda, tra aperitivi gourmet, pranzi o cene di pesce, ricevimenti, serate di musica coi migliori deejay di Puglia, ogni momento è buono per immergersi nella bellezza autentica di questo bistrot a picco sul mare. A pochi metri dal Giardino costiero e dalla Torre, pista ciclabile vista mare, campi da tennis e da calcetto.”
  • 16 locals recommend

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