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Puglia, the Italian name for this region, is usually referred to as Apulia in English. This long strip of land comprising the “heel” of Italy has a unique landscape devoid of mountains and covered by plains and hills.

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Farms devoted to vineyards, olive trees and vegetables are separated by neatly constructed stone walls. The giant olive trees, several feet in diameter and twisted and towering are startling. The area surrounding Alberobello is dotted with trulli. These small conical buildings, first built in the 13th century, are created out of limestone and unique to Puglia. Puglia’s sandy beaches are a big draw to this area; three-quarters of the region borders the sea.


Puglia’s strategic location made it a target for conquering and colonization by Byzantines, Saracens, Greeks, Romans, Normans, Swabians, Turks and Spaniards, among others. Their influences can be found throughout the region from the Spanish Baroque architecture of Lecce and Martina Franca to the ornate cathedrals constructed by the Normans. Frederick II of Swabia (now part of Germany) played a major role in Puglia, building Romanesque churches and castles here in the 13th century. Bari and Brindisi are the transportation hubs in Puglia.


Primax TravelIn Bari - Apulia's capital city - they say: “If Paris was by the sea, it would be like a small Bari”, presumption or arrogance? No, just pride (for which these people are famous, apart from their strong sense of humour). The pride of living in a city that successfully blends art and deep historic roots with a very modern spirit of business enterprise. Traditionally the “land's end” that bridged Italy with the worlds of Greece and the Middle East, Bari enjoyed its “Golden Age”" during medieval times. The Cathedral and Church of St. Nicholas with their Romanesque forms, bear majestic witness to that period. Traces of the ancient trading and social contacts with the Greek world can be seen in the Archaeological Museum.


Primax TravelThe blend of history and art that characterizes the monuments of Bari is reflected in many areas of Apulia, where you will often discover cathedrals built during the medieval era such as in Brindisi, Andria, Barletta, Trani, Ruvo di Puglia, Lucera, Troia, Manfredonia, Otranto, and Gallipoli. Belonging to another era yet equally precious and extraordinary is the flourishing of the baroque architecture in the town of Lecce. In Taranto, the Archaeological Museum has sections of the more remote past. And Alberobello, in the province of Bari, is the capital of the Trulli, singular domains dating back to pre-history no less. As to nature's wonders, Apulia offers an extraordinary intermingling of mountains, woods and uncontaminated sea, for which the promontory of the Gargano in the province of Foggia is so well renowned.

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