Apulia

A natural pearl immersed in the ionian sea

Mainly lying between the Adriatic and Ionian Sea, Puglia is clearly different from other bordering regions. The land is mostly flat, with no high ground aside from the Gargano headland. Its geographical position, land, Mediterranean climate and uncontaminated sea, together with the attractive cultural events and typical cuisine, make this region ideal for a break or a holiday.

For example, the valleys of the Daunia Mountains break down towards the tavoliere pugliese and the Adriatic Sea with villages gathered on its poor and gaunt clearings that leave room for the more modern and lively world of the plains. Here, there is a succession of wheat fields, straight roads and peasant villages with their typically white coloured houses. Onwards towards the Gargano, the mountains reappear and the villages are gathered on the high grounds. Called the “spur of Italy”, it has always attracted tourist who spend their summer holidays on its long beaches. The high grounds open up directly onto the sea and the coast, and alternate between rocky headlands, charming inlets surrounded by olive trees, caves, pine and citrus plantations and fishing villages built into the sea’s rocks. Inland, there is the Umbra Forest with more than ten thousand hectares of rich vegetation that have escaped destruction almost by miracle. In central Puglia, the landscape is dominated by large terraced orchards and olive groves on lower ground and stretches of grain for grazing on higher ground. The more lively urban centres can be found on the coast.

In the Murge dei Trulli, the strip of land between Martina Franca, Alberobello, Locorotondo and Selva di Fasano, all the appeal of the Italic civilisation is brought together. On a red soiled plateau there are rows of vines, live oak woods and carob woods divided by long dry walls. For those who come from chaotic and teeming cities there is the possibility of finding a long forgotten sense of tranquillity and silence in these places, and undertake unique experiences in contact with marvellous nature in a landscape made up of open space, sun, coasts and sea.

Gargano, Peschici al tramonto. Fototeca ENIT, foto di Sandro Bedessi (www.enit.i

PESCHICI

A famous seaside resort on the Gargano peninsula, Peschici has been awarded the European Blue Flag for the pristine quality of its water and and for the quality modern accomodation offered to tourists.

Un tratto di costa vicino Peschici  (foto della Regione Puglia)

FOGGIA, IN THE CENTRE OF THE TAVOLIERE

Today, as in the past, the city in the middle of Puglia’s plains is an important meeting and communication point.

Una veduta della Cattedrale di Barletta (www.barlettacity.it)

THE VARIOUS FACES OF PUGLIA

Created in June 2004, the province of Barletta Andria Trani will only become reality in 2008; it is one of the three new Italian provinces together with Monza Brianza and Fermo, who have accompanied it throughout its parliamentary path to foundation.

La facciata della Cattedrale di San Sabino (www.wikipedia.org)

BARI’S TWO QUARTERS

Bari is a large city that combines an important trading industry with numerous buildings of architectural worth, making it an even more fascinating place.

La Chiesa di Santa Maria del Casale (www.brindisiweb.com)

BRINDISI’S ANCIENT ORIGINS

Located on a small headland and being in possession of the only safe port of Puglia’s Adriatic coast, Brindisi has become a blossoming centre of maritime communication thanks to the opening of the Suez Canal.

Piazza della Vittoria (www.paesionline.it)

TARANTO “THE GREEK”

The city has many artistic and cultural wonders coupled with its current day economic importance.

Resti del'Anfiteatro romano (www.wikipedia.org)

LECCE, CAPITAL OF SALENTO

The city has characteristic baroque architecture due to the building renovations carried out during the 1600-1700’s.