Puglia Italy coastline
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Every year, our knowledgeable Travel + Leisure readers vote in the World's Best Awards, selecting their absolute favorite properties and places around the globe. We love these awards because they allow our readers to inspire each other (and us!) to travel to new places, and together we've discovered everything from riverside villas in Bali with personal rooftop lily ponds to a hidden 18th-century garden cottage at the foot of the Slieve Bloom Mountains in Ireland.

But if there's one destination that enchants travelers time and time again, it's Italy. That's why we're kicking off our inaugural World's Best Collection trip in Rome and Puglia, the perfect blend of big city excitement and coastal relaxation.

We're thrilled to take the World's Best Awards to the next level and turn them into expertly curated trips to the places and hotels our readers love most, with our very own editors as guides.

On our Italy experience in September 2019, guests will check all the best historic wonders, romantic piazzas, and lively trattorias of Rome off their lists. Just picture it: You're walking off a heaping portion of spaghetti alla carbonara, humming along with a sidewalk opera singer, when you casually come across the Trevi Fountain, lit up at night in all its 18th-century glory.

Then, you'll head to Puglia, much quieter and less touristy than the Amalfi Coast, but no less breathtaking. There, you'll explore quaint seaside and hilltop towns, unique architecture including whimsical and world-famous trulli (dry stone huts with conical roofs), and dramatic, rugged coastlines.

La Corte pool at Italy's Borgo Egnazia resort
Credit: Courtesy of Borgo Egnazia

You'll stay at Borgo Egnazia, one of the 2018 World's Best Hotels, of course, placed among ancient olive groves steps from the Adriatic Sea in Savelletri di Fasano. This sleepy fishing village comes alive with locals strolling hand-in-hand along its scenic promenade, and its fish market sells some of the freshest seafood in Italy.

Space is limited, so book your trip now.