Driving down a little track between dry stone walls and Valle d’Itria’s sloping hills, you suddenly spy a cluster of trulli cones, like a crown on a cushion. On through wrought-iron gates and an olive grove to your tranquil base, five minutes from Cisternino but deeply peaceful. Leave your shoes at the door and wander barefoot to the pool that sparkles under the bright blue Apulian sky. Each trullo is unique in shape, size and décor. All are situated on a hill, the higher ones with a lovely view of the characteristically conical roofs. Your bedroom is divinely simple – stone, linen, wood or glass – one has exposed beams, another a bare lofty ceiling. Upcycled furniture, cleverly concealed radiators, pieces of sculpture in spotlit alcoves – all is designed for harmony. Step down into your stylish bathroom with monsoon shower heads and an attractive stone washbasin. Breakfast is served on the lawn or patio. Follow the scent of limes to wander vineyards and the valley beyond. A truly magical escape.