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The cleanest beaches on the Adriatic Sea, marked by the highest sign in the form of a blue flag, red earth with contrasting crowns of olive trees, cozy churches and touching veneration of the Madonna, polished pavements and intertwining cultures of ancient civilizations, surprisingly responsive locals, lovingly maintain order on the coast, and housewives, earning money directly in front of tourists. All this is the region of Apulia, the most eastern of all regions of Italy. Those who are fortunate enough to be here, with great warmth, remember this little authentic corner of the peninsula. On the map, it looks like the heel and heel of an elegant Italian boot with a spur.

The administrative center of the Apulia region is located in Bari, a port city with a long and complicated but interesting history. Even during the time of the Roman Empire, land roads, sea routes and trails of pilgrims crossed here. Until now, the capital of Puglia is a strategically important settlement of the south of Italy.

Interesting facts about Puglia

  • Among the regions of Italy Puglia is considered a leader in winemaking. The region accounts for about 40% of the production of olive oil.
  • In the cave Grotta del Cavallo, located in the province of Lecce, were found two human teeth, whose age is 43-45 thousand years.
  • Bari is the longest seafront in Italy.
  • The relics of Nicholas the Wonderworker venerated in Orthodoxy — the patron saint of Bari — were secretly taken to Apulia from Byzantium and placed in the crypt of the Catholic Basilica of St. Nicholas.
  • The city of Lecce is called southern Florence.
  • The most famous castle of the Middle Ages is located in the province of Bari. This - Castel del Monte, ranked among the UNESCO World Heritage sites.
  • In Italian, Puglia sounds like Puglia.
  • The end point of the Appian Way, stretching from Rome to the south, was the sea port of Brundisium (today Brindisi). Its construction was completed in the second half of 2c. BC, and the end of the path marked by two marble columns.
  • Apulian aqueduct was built only in the early 20th century. Prior to this, the region suffered from droughts due to the small number of natural freshwater bodies of water.
  • The founder of the school of Italian sculpture Niccolò Pisano (13th century) and the famous opera singer Farinelli (18th century) were born in Puglia, who underwent a castration procedure at an early age in order to preserve a high timbre of the voice.

A bit of history

The findings of archaeologists suggest that in the territory of modern Apulia, homo sapiens dwelt in the times of the Paleolithic. It is assumed that the ancient Greeks appeared in the south-east of the peninsula about the 8th century BC. They constantly fought with the aborigines — messaps, davnas, and apuls, which gave the region the present name. The battles subsided, then flared up with a new force. And it lasted until the turn of the 4-3bv. BC. the Romans did not intervene.

After the fall of the western part of the Roman Empire (5th century), Apulia was plundered. It was visited by the Goths with the Byzantines, as well as the Lombards with the Saracens. The heyday came only in the 11th century with the arrival of the Normans to these fertile lands, who re-organized trade flows between Europe and the East and included the “boot” in the Sicilian kingdom. But the sufferings of the Apulians did not end there. Spanish domination of the 15th and 16th centuries led the region to a crisis again. Interestingly, in spite of such a jumble, Greek continued to exist in some parts of Puglia.

The region joined the united Italy in 1861. A little later, the boundaries of the Puglia region were identified. Initially, it consisted of three provinces - Bari, Lecce and Foggia. In the 20th century, Brindisi and Taranto were singled out. The latest - Barletta-Andria-Trani appeared already in 2004.

Sights of Puglia

The region is famous for the pristine beauty of nature reserves and parks. Here you can see the ancient graves - dolmens and mysterious stone obelisks - menhirs, get acquainted with the masterpieces of architecture from different eras and priceless works of art. In Apulia, tourists enjoy visiting cathedrals and medieval castles, farms and city-museums, karst caves and grottoes. The attention of travelers attracted ancient villages, monuments, castles and much more.

Puglia: weather

Beaches with golden sands and crystal water await guests from late spring to late autumn. Blue flags flutter above most of them, leaving no doubt as to the purity of the coastal zone of Apulia and at the highest level of service. Sunbathing here can be combined with sea walks to distant bays and caves, fishing and active recreation surrounded by virgin nature.

Historical monuments and art cities, museums and castles, basilicas and world heritage sites await travelers all year round, the most famous of which are the trulli in Alberobello - fun houses with conical roofs. The colorful villages of Puglia await guests at any time of the year. You can check in at one of the traditional holidays. Each of them is accompanied by colorful rites or theatrical tournaments.

In order to taste the local cuisine, sweet delicacies, fish, wine varieties Negroamaro, Aleatiko and Primitivo, unsurpassed burrata cheese, Altamur bread and Laterz - there is no need to choose a special time. Apulians are always ready to offer tourists the most exquisite menu!

Apulia on the map of Italy

The hilly-flat terrain of Apulia is located along the sea coasts of the Adriatic and Ionian seas. The coastline is almost 860 km, which is the highest figure among the mainland regions of Italy. At the same time, only about 2% of the territory belongs to the mountain landscape, which defines the area as the least elevated. The highest peak belongs to Monte Cornacchia. Its elevation reaches 1152 meters.

Apulia is bordered by areas such as Basilicata, Campania and Molise, the Region combines six provinces. But its territory has one more division, including seven historical-geographical zones. Their borders do not coincide with the borders of the modern province.

How to get to Puglia

9 km north of Bari is the international airport Karol Wojtyła, named after Pope John Paul II. Planes flying to / from most European countries, as well as Egypt, Latvia, Turkey, land here. Apulia Airport serves local airlines. The slightly smaller international airport Papola Casale is located in Brindisi, 35 km from Lecce.

Puglia is connected by road and rail with other regions of the country. In the port cities not less developed and sea passenger traffic.

Apulia - heaven on earth!

Apulia is a region of Italy, located in the most eastern part of it, namely on Cape Kopo D'Otranto. If you look at the map of the country, you can see a clearly defined boot. So, Apulia is the heel of this boot. It is washed by the Ionian and Adriatic seas and has the longest coastline (compared to other continental areas).

The structure of Apulia includes several provinces, including Bari, Foggia, Taranto, Brindisi, Lecce and others. Each of them includes communes. Also highlighted several historical and geographical regions. The capital is the city of Bari. The population of this Italian region totals about 4 million people.

The relief of Apulia is represented mainly by plains, which occupy more than half of the entire territory of the area. Slightly smaller part of the region is covered with hills. There are mountains here too, but they are few. The highest among them is Calve (height is 1055 meters) and Monte Downey (1152 meters).

The climate of Puglia belongs to the Mediterranean type, that is, it is warm (but not hot) and not too humid. So, in winter, the temperature usually ranges from 5-15 degrees Celsius, and in summer it is around 25-32 degrees. Precipitations fall a little, sunny days are much more than cloudy.

How to get there?

The easiest way to get to Puglia is by plane, many airlines operate direct flights from some major cities to Bari. You can also get to Brindisi International Airport (this is a major city of the region) by plane. From Rome you can get to Puglia by train, the travel time will be about 9 hours. From Greece it is possible to swim to Bari or Brindisi by ferry.

Where to stay?

You can stay in one of the hotels or hotels, and it is not necessary to book rooms in advance, problems with accommodation arise only in large cities during the period of major religious holidays or other important events.

What's so interesting?

What to see on vacation in this wonderful area? Puglia will delight any tourist with an abundance of interesting places. The following sights deserve special attention:

  • Trulli in Alberobello is a unique traditional houses with conical roofs, built by dry masonry. And they were built on the orders of local authorities to avoid paying taxes. Before checking the roof understood, and vassals paid less for the property entrusted to them.
  • The rock settlement of Sassi di Matera is a historical site of southern Italy and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Fort St. Anthony (now he converted into a museum of modern art).
  • Basil in Bari. It is here that the relics of St. Nicholas are located.
  • Church of St. George.
  • Gothic Cathedral of St. Sabino.
  • Cathedral of Santa Maria Maggiore.
  • Castle Castel del Monte.
  • Marcione Castle.
  • Franciscan church.
  • Palazzo Ducale - Ducal Palace (now a museum).
  • Spoleto Cathedral.
  • Barletta's castle.
  • Cathedral of San Corrado.
  • Trani Castle
  • Conversano is an antique city.
  • National Park "Alta Murgia".

Things to do?

In Apulia, everyone will find something for everyone:

  1. Enjoy the stunning scenery of the region and take a few photos to show off to your friends or change your avatar in social networks.
  2. Apulia - is, above all, a gorgeous beach holiday, because the length of the coastline is huge! Especially famous is the resort of Marina di Andrano, located in the province of Lecce. The two largest and most beautiful beaches are Zona Grotta Verde and Zona Botte. Also stunning views will be pleased with such resort places as Margherita di Savoia, Porto Cesareo, Ostuni, Galliano del Capo, Santa Cesaria Terme (there are sources of sulfur water here).
  3. In order not only to see interesting places, but also to learn about them as much as possible, go on a tour. This is much more fun than you can imagine!
  4. Even if you are not a religious or deeply religious person, you should at least see the relics of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker. Perhaps you will be inspired and decide to worship them, as many do.
  5. Be sure to visit one of the trullo, because this is a real local landmark!
  6. In the small town of Castellana Grotte there is a whole system of Castellana karst caves, which will conquer any traveler.
  7. Enjoy shopping, which, by the way, will please and even surprise you with very affordable prices, especially during the working season of the markets. From Apulia you can bring sauces to pasta, quince marmalade, orange honey and, of course, olive oil. And in the markets of craftsmen you can buy very interesting gizmos.
  8. Enjoy the local cuisine, it will satisfy the tastes of any gourmet. In addition, you do not have to worry about the shape, because the basis of all dishes are hard wheat, vegetables, fish and seafood, olive oil and, of course, amazing cheeses, the recipes of which are passed on from generation to generation and correspond to long-standing traditions. Be sure to try the delicious Italian pasta! And the best drink is a fine wine.

Let the journey to wonderful Apulia give only positive and pleasant emotions!

Italy: Apulia and Calabria are such different neighbors. July 2015. Part 2.

The region is very green. Having left deep into the territory, nature for some reason reminded the Russian open spaces of the Volga region - meadows and fields mixed with forests. And on the coast prevails more southern vegetation, and there are palm trees, and fruit trees, and bougainvillea. The beaches in this part of Calabria are coves - small and large, which are lost among the rocky shores of the emerald Tyrrhenian Sea. All that is usually printed on postcards with a sea landscape, you will find here. And, of course, the sun falling into the sea every evening will not leave anyone indifferent.
I can not say about the entire region of Calabria, but those places, cities, villages that we visited looked rather shabby and modest. Even the colors of the houses are dominated by faded colors. It was another discovery - after all, I was used to the colorful Italy, snow-white Italy, stone ancient Italy. Yes, people live very modestly in this part of the country. But they are all the same hospitable hosts, talkers and handsome.
Every morning we went to a new small trip around the district - spent time on the beach, drove into the cities - looked around.
Tropea - there is a lot written about this city everywhere, well, and I will insert my five kopecks! Tropea Beach - a wide coastline with sand, which extends on both sides of the famous island-symbol of the city. There are also paid areas, but the majority of holidaymakers come with their own umbrellas and deck chairs. The sea is azure, beautiful (unless of course the garbage from the surroundings or from the sea does not float to the shore) and the walls of the ancient city, which hang over the beach, make a very big impression and it is really beautiful! For lovers of swimming it is interesting, I inform you that the island (actually a peninsula) with a church on a rock can be circled from the sea by swimming - its coastline is completely indented with grottoes and small caves, as well as protrusions from which you can dive.

The city itself, in my opinion, is overly cluttered. Apparently because the region is poor - the sale of all sorts of things to tourists is the only means of subsistence, therefore the whole center of the city, especially in the evening, turns into a kind of Turkish market. All offer something, touting somewhere. Noise-gam-crowd of tourists in the center. I did not like it. Such things are distracting. Do not give to feel the mood of the place in full.
Pizzo we visited in the afternoon, in the very heat. Therefore, I wanted not to walk, but to the beach. Looking at that from above, we, the tempted beaches, decided to go around with their attention. The beach is very small, sandy, not equipped with anything. It is a small strip of sand, closed by a breakwater, fully occupied by people.
The road to the city is a continuous serpentine, and in the city there are mostly one-way narrow streets with nearby houses, going up and down. At the entrance to the city there are parking lots, where you can leave the car and go down to the center on foot. We decided to take a chance and came straight to the square with the famous gelateries that make Tartuffo, a traditional ice cream with warm chocolate. We found a place in a paid parking lot next to the Murat Castle (which we did not climb at, we were admired externally), but, not seeing the parking machines, we decided to ask the local people where to pay and to whom. They gave up, saying, don’t pay attention to these blue stripes on the asphalt, nobody pays - nobody checks. Italy is such Italy! Well, we ventured - no fines have come)))
On the main square of the city, Piazza della Repubblica, there are several gelateries, with shouts that claim that their tartuffo is the most authentic! We went into one of them, tasted the same famous dessert! I, as a fan of ice cream, was delighted. My companion, indifferent to him, did not admire. I think everyone should try it yourself!

Then we walked a bit along the shady narrow streets, with small bars closed during the day, souvenir shops. Also in the town there is an embankment. Nice place, pretty neat, by local standards. If it were not for the unremarkable beach, one would recommend it as a place of deployment when traveling around Calabria.
Scylla (Scilla) ... This town has left itself a piece of my heart. And he did it without straining at all, living his life, not paying any attention to me ...
The city is located, as it were, on 3 levels - the upper one - where the main part of the population lives, the middle one is the Castle, the lower one is divided into 2 parts - the beach-hotel part on the left, the port port on the right.
We arrived there in the morning, and in spite of the approaching hell, we decided to study the Castle from the inside. It is beautiful, towering over the city as a symbol, giving stunning views in both sides of the town. There were no people at all, but there were small untouched corners, ascent to the highest tower, a small museum with history and boats for catching swordfish, a blue sea beating on rocks.
Then we climbed to the top of the town. I must say that the road is always exhausting upwards, of course, but eventually finding itself in a small shady area (with a statue to a fisherman), where grannies walk with their grandchildren, where peasants in a small cafe drink coffee and stare at passersby, where the smell of laundry detergent какого-то окна и белье шелестит на балконе – понимаешь что вот она – нетуристическая Италия – где нет кучи народа, сувениров на каждом углу, никто не ждет чего-то от тебя и ты здесь просто гость, прохожий. Я люблю такие места. Узкие улицы, простые 2-3 этажные дома, балконы с маркизами, много зелени, мало машин. Ничего особенного не было, но было нечто настоящее, не напускное.
Above the streets and stairs (extremely neglected in some places), we descended to the port-fishing part of the city. It is small, with narrow pedestrian streets, fish restaurants, open terraces right by the sea, souvenir shops (that's where they turned out!) And friendly local people, very sociable, but because of the difficulty of listening to the Russian tourist of South Italian fast recitative, and the remaining misunderstood))). This part is located on the right hand of the Castle (if facing the sea).
On the left hand is the part of the city where the beaches and hotels are located. Beaches - sandy, wide, equipped with umbrellas, sun beds. From above, from the Castle, everything looked just wonderful. But, going downstairs, we realized that the sea was dirty (littering, film on the water), and weren't wanting to stay there ... This does not mean that the sea is always dirty there! It’s just that maybe this day we’re not lucky. Not the first time in Calabria!

Generally, this is a separate conversation, about the beaches of Calabria. When traveling by car along the coast, and especially Italy, because not for the first time, you assume that if you go along the sea and drive off the road towards the coast, you will somehow end up on the beach, well, or on any piece of the beach that is tolerable for diving. In Calabria, this was not the case.
Having broken off in Scylla with the beach, we decided to drive along the coast towards Reggio di Calabria, to look for a cleaner place for swimming and sunbathing. So we arrived at the very capital of Calabria (which is 25 km) and did not find a place to stay. There were places, but they were so disgustingly filthy (piles of garbage along the shore) that I did not want to stay there. Only in the suburb of Reggio, we saw children walking down the street with inflatable mattresses, decided to look at the town and found a small, but tolerable pebble beach. BUT! There were jellyfish! We swam very carefully and exclusively with a mask. And also there was an awning in which soldiers with automatic guns were on duty! (We decided that they were guarding illegal immigrants, because the beach was located near the narrow Strait of Messina. In the distance, Sicily was visible in the haze)
I must say, it was not the first day of disappointment in the beaches of Calabria. Everywhere we were in the region, trying to find a beach outside the village, deserted, even if unequipped, but quiet and clean, we were disappointed. The coastline is all neglected, in muddy ditches, a bunch of garbage along it. It remained to rest only in the places officially allocated for this, cleared of dirt and debris.
But there were pleasant exceptions! And I will tell you my top three of the coolest beaches to visit if you are in the area of ​​Capo Vaticano!
1. Parco Belvedere
The area of ​​Capo Vaticano Ricadi is such a big village with private houses and winding narrow roads. One day, while driving around the area, we drove into a street that ended in a dead end, which rested on a small but very well-kept park on the top of a mountain. Walking along it, on the observation deck over the cliff, we saw a beach of unreal beauty - a small bay with turquoise water, surrounded by rocks from all sides. It turned out that a narrow steep path leads down: passing under a large degree through the thorny bushes and the bed of the dried brook. In short, very dangerous! And we decided - we must go! We took with us all the essentials (including watermelon))), wearing comfortable sports shoes, we climbed. Supporting each other, so as not to break down on slippery stones, overcoming the fear of heights, we went down and were rewarded! The purest sand, water the color of aquamarine, on both sides of the rock, from which you can dive, and no one. except for one family that looked at us like a kamikaze! It turns out that this beach is brought on a boat (as we later realized, when they came for them). On the rocky coast you can walk to both sides of the beach - to the right is another beach, also closed from prying eyes by some private residence on the rock, to the left is the sea river (or as the sea tide is called) and a gorge through which you can climb up and admire the views! A great place for lovers of marine adventure!

2. Baia del Riaci
You will find it if you drive in the navigator of the eponymous hotel. Large pebble beach, clean, with a paid and free zone, a cafe-restaurant and parking. There was always water well, just sooo warm and never had jellyfish and garbage, even when they were on other beaches! There is also a rock and grottoes going to the sea, where it is also very interesting to climb and dive!
3. Hotel Villagio Stromboli beach
This beach was remembered by me for its comfort and the best sunsets. People who live in this hotel have a rest here, but it is also open to all comers. If you are with children, this is an ideal option - a sandy beach, few people, a nice cafe. We came there every evening, no matter where we spent the day, to see the perfect sunset. The sun on this beach falls into the sea somehow in a special way, perfectly reflected in the water, which becomes some magical color, and on the horizon you can see the outlines of the Stromboli volcano. This is a class!

Summing up, I want to say that despite some neglect, Calabria is certainly beautiful and not like other regions of Italy! And it is worth going here, and I would like to come back to study it in more detail, and discover everything that was not enough time!

Polignano a Mare (Polignano a Mare)

In fact, the entire city of Polignano a Mare stands on a rock, under which are located dozens of grottoes. In Polignano a Mare is the most romantic restaurant and hotel in Europe, Grotta Palazzese. The restaurant is made right in a limestone cave and offers incredible views of the nearby grottoes and the Adriatic. In winter, the restaurant is closed. The restaurant serves Mediterranean cuisine and fine wines. This place is not cheap: the average bill in it exceeds 100 Euros per person. In the evening, candles are lit in the restaurant, which creates an incredibly romantic and unique atmosphere.

In the city of Polignano a Mare, among the limestone cliffs, there is a cozy little beach - a favorite vacation spot of the locals. The beach is pebbly, so do not forget to bring your swimming slippers.

Otranto (Otranto)

The most eastern city of Italy is famous for its beach with soft white sand and turquoise water. It seems that you have come somewhere to the Caribbean, and not to the south of Italy. The beach is in the top of the best Italian beaches and is good not only for swimming and sunbathing, but also for snorkeling.

Monopoli

In Monopoli, you should definitely visit the port with a lot of fishing boats and see how the fishermen get their catch from them - fish, mussels, shells. Near the port are the ancient fortifications of Charles V Castle, dating from the 16th century.

Trani

Trani is one of the most picturesque towns of Puglia, reminiscent of the northern cities of Italy, unlike other cities of Puglia. The main attraction of Trani is the local cathedral and the powerful, well-preserved castle of the 13th century, as well as the long embankment along the Adriatic Sea. There are many restaurants in the port area where you can eat pizza or seafood.

Barletta

Barletta is a port, non-touristic city. Barletta is famous for its Colossus - the bronze statue of the Roman emperor Theodosius II. The height of the statue is 4 meters, which makes it the largest statue preserved from the late Roman Empire. In Barletta, as in other cities of Puglia, there are cathedrals, churches, a powerful fortress. The city is industrial, it produces cement and concrete. We didn’t particularly like the beach: it is located next to the cement plant and is generally not equipped for recreation. Along the perimeter of the beach Barletta are summer houses and cabanas. At Barletta, we rated delicious cakes at Gelateria Bonelli’s coffee shop and gelateria.

Lecce

There are more than 40 churches in Lecce, in the center of the city the ruins of a powerful amphitheater are preserved. Thanks to the baroque architecture of the city, Lecce is often called the “Florence of the South of Italy”. The most interesting place in the city is the central square of Piazza del Duomo with the cathedral, in the vicinity of which you can find decent restaurants and gelaterias. Be prepared for the fact that not everyone in Lecce understands English. Despite the fact that Lecce is one of the largest cities in southern Italy, its entire historical center is easy to walk, in time it will take 1-1.5 hours. Top Lecce Attractions - Basilica of Santa Croce, Lecce Cathedral, Piazza Sant’Oronzo Square.

Gallipoli (Gallipoli)

Gallipoli is a very interesting place for walks in the old town and along the sea. The city is surrounded on all sides by the sea, and only the bridge connects it with the mainland. Gallipoli is surrounded by powerful walls and many churches. Locals are fishing and working in the tourist field. Here they catch tuna, sea bass, brown perch, sea pike and immediately prepare them in seaside restaurants.

Of the interesting things in Gallipoli, we advise you to look at the olive press (Frantoio Ipogeo), which was created in 1600 for the extraction of olive oil for lamps. In those days, this oil was exported all over the world.

Matera

The majestic white city is located in the province of Basilicata, neighboring Apulia. The old town - Sassi di Matera - is notable for the fact that it is spread out on a hill, the houses on which seem to be stuck together on each other. Matera is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is believed that these places were the first settlements of people in Italy. Matera - the focus of Christian churches. Unique views of the city appeared in the films "The Passion of the Christ", "The Gospel of Matthew," "King David."

Ostuni

White city on a hill, the number of inhabitants in which is tripled in the summer period. Ostuni produces high-quality olive oil and wine. For its white walls and architecture, Ostuni is nicknamed the white city. The largest building of Ostuni is the cathedral. Ostuni - the favorite place of residence of the British in Italy, who move here to retire. In good weather, at the entrance to Ostuni, you can take beautiful photos by car: in contrast with the blue sky, the white houses of the city look amazing.

Locorotondo

Locorotondo is a small white town with a population of only 14,000 people, famous for its wines and the location of the historical core of the city in a circle. Locorotondo is one of the most picturesque villages in Italy. Locorotondo is one of the most famous wine-growing areas of Puglia. It produces a light white wine Locorotondo DOC. And Locorotondo is listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the only city in whose name as many as five letters "O" are used.

Alberobello (Alberobello)

Fabulous town with traditional dwellings - trulls. They come here for unforgettable photographs with views of the snow-white houses of limestone with dark roofs. In the village of Alberobello there are more than 1,500 Trull houses. Perhaps it was the Trulles who glorified the Puglia region to the whole world. In the summer there is no overflowing from tourists, so come here in the fall or in the winter. In addition to this village, trulls are found in other cities.

You can get to most of these places by train. The fare is no more than 7-8 Euro per person one way. We traveled by rental car, which allowed us to visit several towns in one day and save on travel. Thus, for the week we were able to explore the most interesting places in the region.

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Its attractions in Puglia in Italy differs among other regions.
In Italy, the city of Puglia is one of the most visited tourists interested in the architecture and history of the country:

    Andria - traveling in Puglia, you should definitely visit this wonderful city, which is the center of cultivation of olives and almonds in the region. The best wines in Apulia are grown on plantations located around the city. Back in the thirteenth century, Andria was the favorite residence of Frederick II. The most famous of the Italian castles of Castel del Monte in Apulia, was built by order of Frederick II, 15 km south of the historic center of the city.

Castle Castell del Monte in Andria

In addition to Castel del Monte, Andria has many sights:

  • 12th century cathedral with crypt of the 7th century
  • Doge's Palace,
  • Church of San Domenico (XIV century)
  • city ​​palace
  • Church of Santa Maria di Porta Santa (XIII century),
  • Sanctuary of Santa Maria dei Miracoli (XVI century),
  • St. Francis Church with a monastery (XII century),
  • Church of San Agostino, built in the XIII century by the Teutonic knights.
  • San Giovanni Rotondo - a place of pilgrimage for Catholics. Once upon a time the Catholic saint Pio lived and died in it, whose relics are kept in the Capuchin monastery of Santa Maria delle Gracia. Not far from the city stretches the Gargano National Park, known for its caves, salt lakes and wild forests.

    Gargano National Park near San Giovanni Rotondo

    Learn more about Alberobello from this article ...

  • Bari - the capital of Puglia. After Naples, Bari is the second most important city in southern Italy. Bari is well known as a port and university city, as well as the city of St. Nicholas.
  • Lecce - the pearl of Puglia. Due to the rich variety of architectural monuments, made in the Baroque style, the city received the nickname "South Florence" in Apulia. Another city is famous for its olives and wine, which you can try on special gastronomic tours.
  • You can admire the sights of Puglia and find out all the details about the region by watching the video:

    Beach holiday

    It is no secret that the best beaches in Puglia. Beginning in the north of Puglia, the rocky cape of Gargano, which delights with its coastal landscape, stretches: emerald hills give way to white rocks, azure sea, golden sands and paradise pebble coves.

    The beaches around Rodi-Gaganiko, Peschici and Vieste are especially popular.

    Heading south, down the Adriatic, on the coast between Manfredonia and lively Bari, you will find a number of sandy and pebbly beaches, nature reserve Margherita di Savoia and some beautiful cities such as Trani with its fabulous cathedral, standing right in front of the sea. Sandy beaches are a rarity for the region; you will find them in beautiful cities. Polignano Mare and Monopoli, which are definitely worth a visit.

    Monopoli sandy beaches

    Continuing south, towards Brindisi (one of the most important ports of Apulia), sandy beaches Marina di Ostuni and fabulous nature reserve Torre Guaceto. The nature reserve is a real paradise for a naturalist, with untouched forests, Mediterranean poppies and flocks of flamingos.

    Separately, the best resorts of Puglia - Marina di Pescoluse, Torre del'Orso, Polignano Mare, Margherita di Savoia and Gallipoli should be highlighted.

    More about each resort:

      Marina di Pescoluse is one of the leading beach holiday destinations in the region. Resort Italians proudly call the "Maldives of Puglia." Fine white sand, azure serene sea, complete idyll around will allow you to relax here not only with your body, but also with your soul. The length of the resort is more than 5 km, the coastline is a great place to walk at sunset or jog at sunrise, along the Ionian Sea,

    Marina di Pescoluse is a great place for a beach holiday.

    In Apulia, Gallipoli is home to numerous churches built in the Baroque style and aristocratic palazzo, testifying to the rich past of the city.

    Labyrinth-like interweaving of narrow streets provides a wide sea promenade, offering a beautiful view of the wonderful beach of La Spiaggia della Purita,

  • Being in the heart of Puglia, Polignano Mare enchants beach lovers with a rocky coastline with small sandy beaches. From the midday heat, you can hide in the city and try the masterpieces of local cuisine,
  • Margherita di Savoia ideal for holidaymakers seeking complete relaxation. The calm waters of the coastline make the resort ideal for a luxurious family holiday in Puglia.

    Margherita di Savoia is ideal for family holidays.

    Sports recreation

    The two seas of Puglia are ideal for sports recreation in the midst of nature. Lovers of excitement can enjoy the charming and mysterious atmosphere of the sea.

    The crystal clear waters of the island of Tremiti offer an incredible view of the sea, lively bays, caves and deep seabed populated by lush vegetation and a large fish population.

    Santa Maria di Leuca - one of the best places in Italy for scuba diving. Diving to a depth of 90 meters, you can watch the amazing species of fish and see the sea flowers. Those who want to have fun above the water can go windsurfing or kite.

    В Санта-Марии-ди-Леука можно понаблюдать за подводными обитателями

    Но не только море предоставляет ресурсы для активного отдыха в регионе. Если вы хотите почувствовать единство с природой, обязательно начните свое знакомство с ней через велопутешествие.

    Вам не нужно быть опытными велосипедистами, чтобы получить наслаждение от путешествия на двух колесах.

    В природном заповеднике Гаргано There are wonderful bike paths that allow you to drive around a huge park in just one day.

    Many festivals, fairs and historical festivals are held all year round in every part of Puglia.

    Among them, the most famous are the Putignano carnival, the festival of San Nicola in Bari and Disfida di Barletta.

    And no one should miss Tarant night on Melpigiano, pizza and tarantella festival, who every August admire visitors from all over Europe, forcing them along with the locals to sing and dance to the sound of a tambourine under the moonlight.

    Features local cuisine

    Apulian cuisine never differed intricate recipes and was based on simple ingredients. However, it can satisfy every taste. Its main elements are solid wheat, vegetables and olive oil, combined with meat and fish.

    In Puglia you will enjoy delicious Italian dishes.

    A distinctive feature of the kitchen is homemade pasta made from durum wheat varieties or mixtures of different varieties. The combination between pasta and vegetables is surprisingly surprising. For example, parshinati is served with cabbage and fried bacon, or tomatoes and kachorikotta cheese.

    Due to the large coast, the region offers a wide variety of fish dishes (pickled, raw, dried, etc.).

    Sweet lovers will be tempted by dried fruit, honey, mulled wine, candied fruit and chocolate. Do not forget to try Christmas sweets if you find yourself there in the winter!

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