Apulia

the heel of Italy


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Apulia is a region of Southern Italy and is practically his "heel". Apulia is characterized by a wild landscape and extendedn coltivation of olive trees. Apulia is washed by two seas, the Ionian Sea on one side and the other the Adriatic Sea.
Apulia is a land rich in traditions and culture, as it was influenced by the people who over the years have conquered this rich region.
Apulia has a Mediterranean climate with hot summers, windy in coastal areas and cooler in the mountainous areas, the winters are mild, with occasional rainfall.

The best way to visit Apulia is certainly by car. The streets are almost perfect throughout the region and getting around is very easy, for the happines of the tourist that every year.

We recommend to visit Apulia throughout the year. From Easter to October, and why not, even in winter, Apulia is a wonderful area to visit with an excellent offer of art, culture, good food and warm hospitality.

Apulia has 2 sites declared by UNESCO World Heritage:

  • Trulli of Alberobello
  • Castel del Monte, Andria


Taranto

Taranto - city of the two seas

"City of the two seas": as Taranto is named for its position that divides the open sea in two (Mar Grande and Mar Piccolo).The canal that unites them is surmounted by the famous swing bridge, beyond which lies the heart of the old Taranto, a medieval village with the Cathedral of San Cataldo, the Aragonese Castle and so many other memories tell its ancient origins.The 'city of the two seas' is also a 'city with two faces' because, beyond the bridge, progress and modernity have designed the new Taranto, a town grown up around the nineteenth-century village overlooking the banks of the waterway. Here there is the National Archaeological Museum, famous for the richness and rarity of the finds that it exposes.Along the coast there are many lovely…

Salento

Salento - the fantastic beaches and authentic culture of Gallipoli, Otranto, Santa Maria di Leuca, Porto Cesareo

The Salento, is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the recent years, and is an area all to discover: beaches, cities, natural parks, but mostly lots of fun and folklore.Gallipoli, nicknamed the Pearl of the Ionian Sea, its coastline is made by sandy beaches. Gallipoli is known for its baroque churches, its Renaissance palaces, the balconies decorated with ornaments and decorations that can be seen between the narrow streets of old town. The latter, enclosed within the tower and up to the last century by fortified walls, the village is connected by a new wooden bridge.Otranto is the location further east on the Italian peninsula, the first to see the sun rise at the beginning of each new year. Its coast alternates light gray sandy,…

Lecce

Lecce - the Florence of South Italy

Lecce is called the "Lady of the Baroque", and it is the one that characterizes the Baroque spire, portals, churches, monuments and homes of the historic center of Lecce. Trough Porta Napoli is the access of the old town: from here you can visit some of the most important streets of the city and their elegant eighteenth century buildings. Further along, iesa di Santa Maria della Provvidenza in square Baglivi, and Santa Maria of Constantinopoli in the square Addolorata. In Via Umberto I, must-to-see the sixteenth century Palazzo Adorno and the Basilica of Santa Croce, the symbol of the city and Lecce Baroque. You will find yourself near Piazza Sant'Oronzo heart of city life, in which stands the famous column of the saint patron.The good food…

Ostuni

Ostuni - the white city

Ostuni Ostuni has the nickname of "White City" for its buildings all painted in white. Positioned on top of a hill, dominates the landscape below Ostuni characterized by expanses of olive groves. It shows an old centre with narrow streets, squares and alleys in the past had formed part of the five gates with towers. The most important monument is the cathedral, one of the most famous religious buildings of regional importance, particularly for the characteristics of the façade with three portals surmounted by rosettes of concentric circles. With the obvious white colour that distinguishes the buildings,

Gargano

Gargano - wild nature and beaches of Gargano

The Gargano, also known as Spur of Italy coincides with the promontory that extends into the northern part of Apulia. It is entirely surrounded by the Adriatic Sea, except to the west, where it borders with the land. The coast of Gargano is rich in beaches and tourist facilities. Among the most fascinating places on the coast, we recommend you to visit Mattinata, Vieste, Peschici and Rodi Garganico. The two major salt lakes of Hvar and Varano are located in the northern part of the peninsula.The National Park of Gargano or Forest Umbra, also worth a visit. 11,000 hectares that incorporates an organic garden with variegated beech trees, maples, cedars, oaks, yews and a unique variety of beautiful orchids. Peschici is about 20 km.

Bari and Grotte di Castellana

Bari and Grotte di Castellana - Bari and Grotte di Castellana

BariThe historic center of Bari is truly distinctive, an attraction not to be missed. Surely the beginning of every possible tour is the Basilica di San Nicola. Then continue in the narrow winding streets, where you will smell the scents of the great cuisines. ??The Cathedral of San Sabino is one of the most important and visited in Bari, the heart of Bari Vecchia, located in Piazza dell'Odegitria. The church was originally dedicated to Santa Maria (and over time became the dedicatee San Sabino), and in its severe architecture, yet harmonious, remember much the Basilica of San Nicola, another place of worship in Bari of paramount importance. Grotte di Castellana Constitute the largest karst Italian never explored by man. The tour winds through…

Polignano a Mare

Polignano a Mare - city on the rock

Polignano a MareThe town is delightfully situated on a rocky promontory 24 m above sea level. Of particular interest are his natural caves and historically important are the historic center and the remains of Roman rule. Among the latter, the bridge of the Via Traiana, can still be visited, through Monachile Lama, the deep inlet just north of the historic center, so called because in the past there was at the presence of the monk seal. The Mother Church, dedicated to San Vito and overlooking the small square in the historical center, it was the cathedral until 1818, when the small diocese of Polignano was combined with that of Monopoly. Inside are some works attributed to the sculptor Stefano da Putignano, active between the seventeenth and…

Tremiti island

Tremiti island - pearls of the Adriatic sea

At about 12 miles off the coast of Gargano are the Tremiti islands, defined by their charming and unspoilt beauty "Pearls of the Adriatic". The small archipelago is made up of the islands of San Nicola, San Domino, Cretaccio, Caprara, and approximately 11 miles from them, from the island of Pianosa. The crystal clear waters of the Tremiti attract thousands of tourists every year. Gradually the tourism has improved for the good connections and accommodations developed during these years. One day excursion is a must if you are visiting Termoli or the Gargano. Tremiti island are worty to visit by walk on the island of San Nicola and on the boat for a mervellous day-trip around the hundred of “calette” and bay created in thousands of…

Valle d'Itria - Alberobello, Martina Franca, Cisternino, Locorotondo

Valle d'Itria - Alberobello, Martina Franca, Cisternino, Locorotondo - the land of Trulli

Alberobello It represents the heart of the Valley of the Trulli. Founded in the fifteenth century by the Counts Acquaviva, Alberobello is a picturesque tourist and agricultural center, formed largely of trulli, which give considerable architectural interest recognized World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1996. In Alberobello there are only about 1,500 trulli of various kinds. Alberobello, city of the trulli, occupies a land full of stratified limestone rocks, which provide the building material that makes it unique not only the image of Alberobello itself but throughout the neighboring prettamenete. Locorotondo From the Latin locus rotundus, is a medieval name clearly to indicate the roundness of the hill where the country would then be built. Worthy…

Trani

Trani - art, folklore, sea food

Trani is a wonderful village facing the Adriatic Sea, near the airport of Bari, that attract travellers by the magnificence of its port and an the historical architectonic heritage. Trani is a tourist must-to-visit in Apulia specially for the old historical centre made of Trani stones and its buildings, churches, the port, the Federico II Castle which dominates the sea, is an unforgettable experience for all travellers with a perceptive eye at artistic beauty.The Romanesque Cathedral, dedicated to San Nicola Pelligrino (1097), a magnificent building in front of the sea, became a reference point for navigators; the Ognissanti (All Saints) Church built by the Templar Knights during the XIII Century; the Monastery and Colonna Church, the San Francesco…