Exploring the Puglia Region Italy

The “heel of Italy's boot," Puglia is a charming region that can be visited all year round and is suspended among nature, history, tradition, tastes and spirituality.

Puglia is an enchanting region that spreads lengthwise along the sea - marvelous beaches that will delight every traveler, from the sandy Torre dell'Orso and Porto Cesario, to the rocky, boulder-encrusted Riviera of Otranto and Santa Maria di Leuca. At Santa Maria di Leuca the calm and crystalline waters of the Ionian Sea mix with those of the intense and azure Adriatic. Sea lovers have multiple options in Apulia, from Gallipoli, the “Gem of Salento,” to Gargano, “Italy's Buttress,” which protrudes out into the clear sea, where one finds the the beautiful Tremiti Islands.

Nature is the protagonist again in the Murgia National Park, and in Gargano's wild Umbra forest, its salt pans and lakes. Visit the marine reserve of Torre Guaceto and the deep ravines of Laterza and wide dolines (depressions in the terrain) of Altamura characterize the hinterland of the region with their charming landscapes. For those who want to travel through history, Apulia offers a wide range of places that testify to the ancient origins of this land: from prehistory to Magna Graecia, from the Imperial Age to the Renaissance and the Baroque splendor of Lecce and of  Salento. The trulli, for example those of Valle d'Itria, offer an evocative testimony to the rural past of the region. Meanwhile, numerous castles dot the coasts of the southern coast, hinting at an era when both perils and commerce landed on these shores.

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Physcial Profile of the Puglia Region

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PROVINCES OF THE PUGLIA REGION

Bari Province (regional capital), Brindisi Province, Foggia Province, Lecce Provicne, and Barletta-Andria-Trani Province.

TOWNS OF THE PUGLIA REGION

Bari – Capital of Puglia, major port and economic center in southern Italy, home to 11th century basilica, 12th century cathedral, and 12th century castle
Brindisi – Port and beach resort city in southern Puglia on Adriatic, home to 13th century and 15th century castles
Lecce – Beautiful historic city in southern Puglia, home to 14th century church, 12th century cathedral, and ruins of a 2nd century Roman amphitheatre
Taranto – City on the Gulf of Taranto in western Puglia, important port city, home to 15th century castle, a picturesque historic center, and ruins of 6th century B.C.E. Greek temple
Alberobello – Small town near Bari, UNESCO-designated because of its “trulli” houses
Gallipoli – Beach town on the Ionian Sea near tip of southern Puglia, home to 13th century Byzantine castle and historic old center
Manfredonia – Beach town on the southern part of the Gargano promontory in northern Puglia, near Monte Gargano, home to a medieval castle
Monopoli – Beach town on the Adriatic coast near Bari, originally a Greek settlement, home to an 11th century castle
Ostuni – Beach town on the Adriatic coast near Bari, buildings painted mostly white, home to well-preserved ancient walls and a picturesque cathedral
Otranto – Beach town on the Strait of Otranto near tip of southern Puglia, originally a Greek settlement, home to an 11th century cathedral and 13th century castle
Tremiti Islands – Archipelagno off the northern coast of Puglia in the Adriatic, part of Gargano National Park
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