This part of Italy’s strewn with historic sites, but its beaches have plenty going for them, too. Lido Gandoli’s a sheltered cove just south of Taranto, and this day out’s a chance to make the most of its sandy shores. You’ll have carte blanche when it comes to the itinerary, too. You can spend the duration sprawled out near the shallows, or take a dip in the horseshoe-shaped bay. There’s a pizzeria flanked by a couple of bars at the back-end of the beach, so daytime snacks and drinks are within arm’s reach, too. And when you’re done with sunbathing, the tree-clad slopes either side of the water are great for afternoon strolls.
- SUITABILITY Little physical activity.