Villa Elia - Where the party's at
Follow Jude Law's lead and book this impressive place. As soon as you enter, there's no denying you're in the house of a cultured Italian globetrotter, not some interiors whizz who is faking it. As good for families as groups of friends, Elia has character and class, but it's also great fun with its quirky décor, private cinema and a wood fired oven for impromptu pizza gatherings. As an added bonus, chichi Gallipoli is just around the corner. Definitely one of Puglia's most stylish villas.
Masseria Lamacoppa - Punchy historic splendour
This marvellously cultivated villa feels a bit like an Italian chateau. The architecture is that of a fortified masseria from the 17th century, but in restoring it and filling it with antiques from India and Morocco, contemporary art and a whole library of books, the owners - scions of a celebrated family publishing concern - have introduced masses of international panache and grandeur to the proceedings. Add a huge pool and the ministrations of the live-in staff and it's easy to see why the house is booked out for most of the summer.