Puglia Experience Italy from its most beautiful side!
The Apulia region “La Puglia” – Puglia, is figuratively the heel of southern Italy and a land of extraordinary colors and beautiful variety. Due to its position and the ports towards the Orient, it is also called the borderland. The cities are rich in architectural and historical evidence – churches, cathedrals, castles and towers. The regional capital is Bari, other provincial towns are Brindisi, Foggia, Lecce and Taranto. Lecce is also known as the Florence of the South.
Magnificent palazzos and fountains in the urban centers as well as historic oil mills and inland masserias are the cultural heritage of this region. The hidden charm of the coastal towns can be discovered between narrow streets, squares and palazzos. The 800 km long coast of Apulia is one of the most beautiful in Italy with an excellent water quality. Many enchanting places and beaches along the coast offer an unforgettable vacation.
The inhabitants of Puglia knew how to make characteristic buildings such as Trullo and Masseria from a simple “stone”. The famous “Trulli”, round dry stone built farmhouses with conical roofs, are part of the UNESCO World Heritage. They are unique in the world and have their name from the Latin “Turris” or the Greek “Tholos”, terms that describe the dome or the classic cylinder with cone. Originally they were simple huts made up of few elements: the walls, the entrance arch and the roof. Characteristic of the stones, called “Chiancarelle”, which were used for the floor and the roof. It is believed that the trulli were built to circumvent the payment of building taxes. Because for the tax collectors of the king you should act like simple cairn. In large numbers, the trulli are scattered throughout the Valle d`Itria and especially in the village of Alberobello to visit.
Experience Masserien, Trulli and Lamie in Puglia
Also very common is the Masseria, a building that basically consists of an autonomous citadel, with partial underground grottos, a stately residence decorated with terraces, monumental staircases and frescoes and a chapel. The Masseria was a geo-economic operation of the aristocrats and the bourgeoisie, Le Masserie were thus large inhabited estates, which included not only the manor but also the housing of simple farmers and stables.
A beautiful area for a Puglia holiday is the “Valle d`Itria”, which is located between the provinces of Bari, Brindisi and Taranto and includes three municipalities (Cisternino, Locorotondo and Martina Franca). The term “valley” is a bit reshaping, since it is not the typical form of a mountain valley, but a reduction in the karst landscape.
A little further south is Salento, the heel of Italy. At the southernmost point, in Santa Maria di Leuca, the Adriatic and the Ionian Seas are united. The architecture in Salento is different from the rest of Puglia. The houses are often built in the Greek style, with the historic city centers built mainly in Baroque style. In Salento you will find many historic towns and places such as the port city of Gallipoli, Otranto and Lecce – the Florence of the South. The coast, on the other hand, impresses with its high cliffs and beautiful little bays.
Puglia holiday surrounded by vineyards, olive groves and small groves
The nature of Puglia: The picture is characterized by flat hills with numerous terraces of grapes, olive groves and small groves. In early summer you can see bright poppy fields and golden wheat fields. More than twenty nature reserves protect this extremely diverse and extraordinary nature. The 800 km long coast alternates between dunes, sandy beaches and rocky cliffs. The region of Apulia offers a warm climate all year round and is one of the poorest regions of Italy. So perfect for a Puglia holiday!
The regional cuisine: The excellent and world famous olive oils are produced from the magnificent, century-old olive trees of Puglia and give the local dishes their typical taste. Especially the starters “Antipasti”, made from fresh and local ingredients, are recommended. The area around Cisternino is also well known for its “Fornelli”, where meat is grilled directly at the butcher and served with small side dishes and local wine.
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