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Apulia


Apulia is located at the southeast end of Italy and this "heel" on the "boot" of Italy is for sure the most beautiful of the world. Two seas, evergreen olive groves, gentle hills covered by grape-vines, stunningly long beaches along an emerald green sea.

There is one thing you will not succeed in doing: in tiring of this feast for your eyes.

 

Apulia


Apulia is located at the southeast end of Italy and this "heel" on the "boot" of Italy is for sure the most beautiful of the world. Two seas, evergreen olive groves, gentle hills covered by grape-vines, stunningly long beaches along an emerald green sea.

There is one thing you will not succeed in doing: in tiring of this feast for your eyes.

Between "mare adriatico" and "mare ionico" - Blending of the influences from Occident and Orient

On clear days, when you can see as far as the coast of Albania, you will understand why, for centuries, Apulia has been called the gate to the east.

The area bears unique testimony to history, ranging from Castel del Monte, a fortress built by the Hohenstaufen emperor Frederick II, and the famous trulli in Valle d'Itria to the Baroque town of Lecce.

They are proof of how influences from the Occident and the Orient have here blended into a manifold and unique culture.

Granary and important trading centre

From the 8th century BC on, the Messapians settled here. The Romans made the region the granary of their empire and built important trading centres, such as the harbour of Brundisium (today's Brindisi), which was connected with the capital city of Rome by the Via Appia.

Under the rule of the Hohenstaufen, Apulia experienced its second period of prosperity. Frederick II could not withstand the charm of the region and built several hunting lodges, where the German emperor preferred to spend his time.

The capital of Bari also became very prosperous in the Middle Ages, which is still reflected in its wonderful Old Town today. Lecce, the most significant town of the Salento, is called the "Florence of the South" due the Southern Italian Baroque style characterizing its centre.

The steep coast near Santa Maria di Leuca at the southeast end of Italy offers a spectacle which is second to none.

Untouched nature and wide beaches

Apulia, this land between two worlds, caters for all tastes. Those interested in culture and history are in the right place here, as are those who want to enjoy a relaxing bathing holiday. Every year, numerous beaches in the area are allowed to fly the "bandiera blu", the Blue Flag for excellent water quality.

Joy of living accompanied by music and pasta

The "pugliesi"'s joy of living is expressed in the sweeping rhythms of the "tarantella", the traditional music of the area, and will "infect" you, too. The culinary aspect must not and cannot be disregarded: However, attempting to enumerate all the savoury delicacies would be hopelessly foolhardy. At this point, let mention be made only of the famous orecchiette, pasta which is still handmade in many places nowadays and is served with tasty "sughi".