Apulia

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Valery Aloyants
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Also known as "Le Puglie" in the plural or as the "Heel of the boot of Italy," Puglia is a fascinating region that can be visited throughout the year suspended between nature, history, tradition, taste and spirituality. The Puglia region is divided into the following provinces: Bari (capital), Brindisi, Foggia, Lecce and Taranto, Barletta-Andria-Trani.

Puglia, the spur of the Italian boot, is an enchanting region that stretches longitudinally along the Adriatic and Ionian seas, with marvelous beaches that delight every traveler, from the sandy beaches of Torre dell'Orso and Porto Cesario, to the rocky ones of the Riviera of Otranto and Santa Maria di Leuca.



In Santa Maria di Leuca the calm and crystalline waters of the Ionian Sea mix with those of an intense blue of the Adriatic. Lovers of the sea have so much choice in Puglia, from Gallipoli, the "Gem of Salento", to the Gargano that juts out into the clear sea, where the beautiful Tremiti Islands are located.

Nature is once again the protagonist in the Murgia National Park, in the wild Umbra Forest of the Gargano and in the salt lakes of Lesina and Varano. The marine reserve of Torre Guaceto, the deep gorges of Laterza and the large sinkholes (depressions in the ground) of Altamura characterize the hinterland of the region with their suggestive landscapes.

For those who want to travel through history, Puglia 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 Salento.

The trulli, like those of the Itria Valley, offer an evocative testimony of the region's rural past. Meanwhile, numerous castles dot the shoreline of the southern coast, hinting at a time when trade, along with the dangers it entailed, landed on these shores.


For those interested in tradition and popular music, they should attend the many fish festivals and fairs that take place throughout the summer.




What to do and see in Puglia

Alberobello

Castel del Monte - Andria

San Giovanni Rotondo

Otranto

Gallipoli

Vieste


Tremiti Islands

Monte Sant'Angelo

Castellana Grotte

Torre Lapillo, Porto Cesareo - Salento, Puglia - Photo from Istock
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