The heel of Italy

Puglia is a fascinating region that offers a mixture of impressive nature, rich history and culture as well as culinary delights. The region is a popular destination for beach vacationers, foodies and history enthusiasts who want to experience the beauty and authenticity of southern Italy.

Italy > Apulia

Apulia is a region in south-eastern Italy with a long coastline on the Adriatic and the Ionian Sea. The region is known for its breathtaking beaches, rich history, culture and excellent cuisine. 3,904,999 inhabitants (as of October 31, 2022) live on an area of 19,540.90 km².

The landscape is characterized by flat plains, olive groves and vineyards as well as white sandy beaches and clear turquoise water. The region also has many charming towns and villages known for their baroque churches, palaces and historic buildings. The most important cities include Bari, the capital of the region, as well as Lecce, Taranto and Brindisi.

Puglia also has a rich history dating back to the time of the Greeks and Romans. There are many archaeological and historical sights such as the Trulli houses in Alberobello and the Castel del Monte, an imposing castle from the 13th century.

Apulia’s cuisine is known for its simple but delicious dishes based on fresh ingredients such as olive oil, fish, seafood, tomatoes and vegetables. Some of the region’s best-known dishes are orecchiette pasta with broccoli, fish dishes such as grilled octopus and taralli, a crispy snack that is often served as a starter. The region is also known for its wine, including Primitivo and Salice Salentino.

Apulia consists of five provinces and the metropolitan city of Bari, which we would like to introduce to you here.

  • Bari – Brief info with map available here: BARI
  • Barletta-Andria-Trani – Brief info with map available here: BARLETTA-ANDRIA-TRANI
  • Brindisi – Brief info with map available here: BRINDISI
  • Foggia – Brief info with map available here: FOGGIA
  • Lecce – Brief info with map available here: LECCE
  • Taranto – Brief info with map available here: TARANTO

Apulia is known for its trulli and centuries-old olive trees.