We’re exploring some of the region’s highlights, destinations, local delicacies, hidden histories and interesting features. Let’s go. Spoken by Italians themselves as the real Italy in recent years, Puglia has gained a reputation as one of the most affordable and varied parts of the country. Broadly untouched by the commercial tourism of cities like Tuscany and Rome, the region’s heritage is strongly tied to its geography with traditions heavily rooted in the water. Puglia is the meeting place for the Adriatic and Ionian Seas and is dotted with port cities, where entire civilizations have blended in a dynamic fusion of cultures and architectural styles, Puglia boasts over 4000 years of history. And over 500 miles of coastline and is best explored by car in order to enjoy the huge variety of towns in the region, the only common elements across the region are verdant, rolling green hills, dusty, copper colored roads, magnificent ruins, and an abundance of wild cacti driving along this coastline.
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More adventurous visitors might be interested to explore some of Polly’s stunning naturally occurring caves, which have consistently attracted both poets and archaeologists, the latter uncovering significant prehistoric remains. In and around the caves you can bathe in the pristine blue waters. The sheer limestone Cliff faces or dines in the stunningly romantic grata pallet city near the body where banquets have been held since the 1700s. Body is a natural starting point as the capital of Puglia and one of the few towns you can fly into as the most populous part of the region, the city offers visitors 2 cathedrals, a charming Old Town, a medieval castle, a major shopping district and great nightlife visitors who venture South will find that Oreg watch it, oh. In Brindisi, a nature reserve and home to some of Italy’s best beaches, nature lovers might also be tempted to check out the Ionian Dolphin Conservation in Toronto, where you can go on a dolphin and whale spotting trip throughout the summer.
Alternatively, winter visitors could see one of Europe’s largest gathering of pink flamingos in the salt flats, Celina Dominici, South of Toronto, Puglia is home to not one, but two of Italy’s magnificent national parks at more than 400 square miles, the Godrano National Park. Is almost large enough to qualify as a region itself, but the Altima Region National Park is home to one of the region’s star attractions. Castel Del Monte, a UNESCO World Heritage site built by the Holy Roman Emperor Frederick the 2nd between 12:40 and 12:50. The castle has a unique octagonal design representing the emperor. Search for perfection through mathematical and astronomical knowledge, drawing on both Arabic and Western influences to create an unparalleled architectural space. For a complete change of pace. Head down the coast to late June, the Baroque capital of Italy, famous for its laid back cafe lifestyle. With its stunning white stone buildings, late J has a strong sense of its own history among the many stunning churches you can visit the ruins of a Roman amphitheater or a castle renovated by the Holy Roman Emperor Charles the 5th to the South of Lyce is the town of Gallipoli, less famous than its Turkish namesake. The name Gallipoli literally means beautiful town, accessible only by sea or 16th Century bridge.
This hidden gem is perfect for the Instagram savvy traveler. Perhaps the most famous architecture in all of Puglia are the truly traditional Apulian stone huts with conical roofs associated most with the town of Alberobello means well insulated structures have been around since the 15th century and are protected by UNESCO. Traditional cuisine across Puglia follows a farm to table philosophy, focusing on fresh seasonal, locally sourced ingredients, sometimes called the Garden of Italy. Puglia prioritizes. Regional ingredients in many dishes, including line caught seafood, artichokes, tomatoes, eggplants, asparagus and mushrooms. Most famous of all is the pasta shape on every menu in Puglia, orecchiette, meaning little ears. You might be tempted to take a class at a traditional cooking school at one of the region’s many mass area converted farms where local chefs introduced visitors to spectacular food. No culinary experience in Puglia is complete without Altamura Bread made from durum wheat grown in the Provincia di Bari.
And afforded official protected designation of origin status shaped like a priest hat, this special breed can stay fresh for up to two weeks. Puglia is also home to many olive orchards and vineyards. It said that there are some 60 million olive trees producing 40% of the country’s supply. Those who choose to visit Puglia in the offseason might look to time their visit with the legendary Vino Novello in November when the peninsula celebrates the harvest and drinks delicious wine in honor of Saint Maarten or San Martino. For a less alcoholic treat, it could be worth making a stop. In Pauline, Ya know, famous for its delicious special coffee which has attracted visitors from all over the world. Made with Amaretto, lemon peel and fresh whipped cream, you cannot afford to miss it. All roads may lead to Rome, but taking the dusty red road less traveled into the heart of Puglia might just be the best choice you could possibly make in 2019. And with so much to eat, see and do, one visit might not be enough.