As soon as Italy reopens to Britons, an escorted tour of Puglia will be a good choice for safety-conscious clients
Looking outside the window, all I can see are neat rows of olive trees and the odd farmhouse peeking out from the groves in the distance. There’s not a soul to be seen for miles – not until we reach the next town on our escorted tour.
I’m on a journey with Riviera Travel in Puglia, a region that has reported some of the lowest coronavirus cases in the country. Its rate of infection to date totals 17,863 compared with 195,744 in Lombardy in the north, which was the global epicentre of the pandemic when the first major outbreak gripped Europe seven months ago.
“Southern Italy is very spaced out,” explains tour manager Paula Stone. “It’s mainly farmland out in the country so there is less contact between people and fewer chances of cross-contamination, because people have naturally created their own bubbles.”
This, combined with Riviera’s rigorous safety measures, makes the Puglia, Lecce and Vieste – Undiscovered Italy itinerary an ideal socially distanced holiday.