A trip to Bari will take you to Puglia, located on the ‘heel’ of the Italian ‘boot’. The wild, rugged coast is gorgeous and the old town of Bari will enchant you with its somehow-Arabic flair, colourful houses, local shops, and narrow alleys. For a little culture, visit the 11th century Pontifical Basilica di San Nicola, and always keep an eye open for trulli, the cute traditional Apulian dry stone huts with their typical conical roofs. Take a rental car or hop on the train to Polignano a Mare, and while on your way, make sure to drop by the Grotte di Castellana, where you can spend over an hour walking among stalactites and stalagmites. In Polignano you’ll find striking coves and dramatic cliffs with houses standing almost right at the edge of the precipice. Make sure to book a table at the famous cave restaurant, where you can have dinner in an actual cave, with the waves crashing against the cliffs below you. Not far from Polignano lies Monopoli, ready to sneak its way into your hearts with ancient city centre and historic buildings. Wherever your trip may take you – do take the time to explore the beaches. The further you wander, the higher are your chances of finding a sheltered cove just for yourselves!