An interesting and wonderful region of Puglia
Italy - an amazing and beautiful country, to get into that every romantic dreams. And to see all its best aspects, it is worth to visit the magnificent Apulia.
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, Puglia is the heel of this boot. It is washed by the Ionian and Adriatic seas and has the longest coastline (in comparison with other continental regions).
Apulia includes several provinces, among which are 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 is a total of about 4 million people.
The relief of Puglia 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. Precipitation falls slightly, sunny days are much longer 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 in 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.
How to get around Apulia?
The region has a network of public transport, represented by trains and buses. The cost of one trip varies from 1-16 euros, depending on its duration. Sometimes it is advantageous to purchase a travel card, for example, for a week or even a month.
Where to stay?
You can stay in one of the hotels or hotelsand it is not necessary to book rooms in advance, problems with accommodation arise only in large cities during major religious holidays or other important events.
What's so interesting?
What to see on vacation in this wonderful area? Apulia will please any tourist with an abundance of interesting places. The following sights deserve special attention:
- Trulli in Alberobello are unique traditional houses with conical roofs, constructed by the method of 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 it is 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.
- Castle of Marcione.
- Franciscan church.
- Palazzo Ducale - Ducal Palace (now a museum).
- Spoleto Cathedral.
- Castle Barletta.
- Cathedral of San Corrado.
- Trani Castle
- Conversano - ancient city.
- National Park "Alta Murgia".
Things to do?
In Puglia, everyone will find something for everyone:
- 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.
- 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).
- 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!
- 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.
- Be sure to visit one of the trullo, because this is a real local landmark!
- In the small town of Castellana Grotte is a whole system of karst caves Castellana, which will conquer any traveler.
- 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 masters you can buy very interesting gizmos.
- 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 handed down from generation to generation and correspond to old 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!