The best photographs often come from getting off the beaten track to find the secret spots known only to locals. How do you beat the million-and-one postcard-perfect photos of the Amalfi Coast? You find somewhere less clichéd, and you talk to someone who knows it.

If you’re hunting for the quintessential Italian coastal image, try this: Puglia’s most picture-perfect swimming spots, according to Luxury Escapes writer and born-and-raised Veronese, Costanza Pasqua. Whether you’re travelling with camera or without, these tips are the real inside deal.

Torre Guaceto

Well off the trodden track, the nature reserve of Torre Guaceto deters the typical tourist and boasts a landscape worth capturing on film. The unpatrolled, rugged beach is around a 20-minute drive plus a 10-minute walk from the city of Brindisi. It’s isolated, so bringing water and food for the day is recommended.

Specchiolla

Perched on the Adriatic Sea and just 20 minutes’ drive from the ancient town of Ostuni you’ll find one of Puglia’s most stunning beaches. Skip the sand and head straight for the rocks, where the crowds are limited and it’s just you, your camera and the sapphire waters.

Spiaggia di Punta Prosciutto

“It’s the Maldives of Puglia,” claims Pasqua, and the powdery white sand and translucent waters back her up. Sun loungers are available for rent but soaking up the rays on the sand is just as satisfying. You’ll have to get there early to snap your isolated beach image – this little slice of paradise is an open secret amongst locals.

Porto Selvaggio

Secret spot Porto Selvaggio sits on the Salento peninsula and boasts one of Puglia’s most spectacular sunsets, so make sure your exposure settings are just right. A one-kilometre walk from the carpark will drop you at a glittering bay of sand-coloured rocks and seemingly untouched waters.

Castro Marina

From hues of blue to endless shades of green, Castro Marina is a water-lover’s paradise where it’s impossible to take a bad photo. Snorkelling is encouraged – the underwater world here brims with colourful coral and sea life. Stop at Friggitoria Porto Vecchio for a feast of fried seafood with the locals.

Porto Badisco

Another popular snorkelling spot, Porto Badisco, in a sheltered bay framed by tree-topped cliffs, is a secluded cove with ideal swimming waters. If you need a break from the hot rays, the nearby Grotta dei Cervi offers some shaded respite and photo opportunities overlooking the sparkling waters.

With the Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III, you won’t need years of training to take beautiful photos. Advanced, compact and with a brand new interface, you’ll be able to capture the striking beauty of Puglia’s coastline with the click of a button.

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