Italy’s boot is full of variety and diversity, making it the perfect location for a Puglia villa holiday. Not only does it have stunning scenery, lots of history and places of interest to visit and some of the country’s best beaches, it also boasts great shopping spots if you prefer the hustle and bustle of the markets.
As well as authentic souvenirs and unique treasures, you’ll also be able to sample some of Puglia’s edible specialities in the towns and cities. Here are some of our favourite places to shop in Puglia.
Gallipoli: Town of the Hidden Gems
The outdoor markets are a main attraction in Gallipoli. On the first Sunday of each month, the town holds an antique market where you can find all sorts of hidden gems. You could spend all day here browsing the outdoor market – and bartering is welcome! You can also enjoy a fresh fish market after a relaxing walk by the Ionian Sea.
If your dream holiday to Puglia includes shopping, be sure to visit these hotspots! With a stunning collection of villas to rent in Puglia, holiday your way and do what you love.
Bari: From Terminal Markets to Fashion Boutiques
Bari is Puglia’s third largest city and offers a lot in terms of shopping. If you’re a fashion fanatic, you’ll be spoilt for choice here with a number of boutiques offering the latest fashions and designer items from the likes of Dolce & Gabbana and Oscar de la Renta.
Bari has several weekly markets and Terminal markets which are open daily. The best ones to visit while on holiday in Puglia are Mercato Coperto Santa Scolastica and Mercato San Nicola. These places are perfect to have a “live like a local” experience, buy fresh food, grocery goods and taste the famous “Focaccia Barese”.
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Andria: Home of Sweets
If you have a sweet tooth, then the famous sweet shop in Andria is a must visit. The Museo del Confetto Mucci Giovanni is a museum and shop which reveals the wonders of making confetti – ‘sweets’ in English. Mix your love for confectionary with a cultural Italian experience for a memorable day out. You’ll love the samples so much that you’ll be buying confetti in bulk to take home!
Apart from being a sweets’ paradise, Andria is also home to one of Puglia’s UNESCO sites, Castel del Monte. Read more here.
Lecce: The Papier-Mâché Capital
If you are on a luxury holiday in the city of Lecce, the papier-mâché goods have a longstanding tradition and are a recognised symbol of the area. In special workshops you’ll be able to browse the works of professional artists who make lots of different works, from religious icons to modern shapes. Not only will you be able to buy these works of art to take home as souvenirs, but you can also learn how to reproduce the craft and create valuable pieces yourself.