Alberobello is one of 36 hours in... Puglia.

1. Alberobello

Town · BA

The TelegraphThe Telegraph: In Trulli country, where clusters of hobbit-like, whitewashed, dome-roofed houses, whose origins are anyone’s guess, create a fairy-tale landscape. Most owners are happy to give you a tour.

Palazzo Ducale is one of 36 hours in... Puglia.

2. Palazzo Ducale

Church · Piazza la corte, Andria, Apulia

The TelegraphThe Telegraph: The old Palazzo Ducale and the cathedral of San Martino lend an air of gentle nobility – both are venues in the annual opera festival.

Castellana Grotte is one of 36 hours in... Puglia.

3. Castellana Grotte

City · Provincia di Bari, Apulia

The TelegraphThe Telegraph: Puglia is laced with caves which provide welcome relief from the heat. This is a spectacular, glistening example with vast canopies of stalactites. Tours of half a mile or around two miles available.

Polignano a Mare is one of 36 hours in... Puglia.

4. Polignano a Mare

City · Apulia

The TelegraphThe Telegraph: A scenic coastal town set high on limestone cliffs, nearby Puglia. Despite the dreadful name the N€uro (Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II) offers a delicious meal with wine for about €15 euros each.

Grotta Palazzese is one of 36 hours in... Puglia.

5. Grotta Palazzese

Hotel · Via Narciso, 59, Polignano a Mare, Apulia

The TelegraphThe Telegraph: ...or blow the lot at the superb Hotel Ristorante Grotta Palazzesi (Via Narciso 59; appetisers cost from €40 a head.

Bari Vecchia is one of 36 hours in... Puglia.

6. Bari Vecchia

Neighborhood · Bari, Apulia

The TelegraphThe Telegraph: Drive to Bari from Polignano A Mare for a stroll along the seafront and through the historic centre of Bari Vecchia.

Basilica di San Nicola is one of 36 hours in... Puglia.

7. Basilica di San Nicola

Church · San Nicola · Largo Abate Elia 13, Bari, Apulia

The TelegraphThe Telegraph: A final, unexpected twist. Here lie the mortal remains of Saint Nicholas, stolen from Turkey in the 11th century by Barese merchantmen. It’s no Florence, but it’s got Father Christmas.