Puglia, the new Italian destination in fashion

11 September 2017

For a long time in the shadow of its neighboring tourist resorts such as Tuscany and Lombardy, Puglia, rich in wilderness and an Italian way of life, attracts more and more tourists. Editions Hachette have just devoted a guide to them, in the Guide Evasion collection. In this region located at the heel of Italy, with Bari in line of sight, all profiles of vacationers will find shoes at their feet.

For history buffs?

Castel del Monte.

By visiting the capital of Apulia Bari, travelers will take a short detour through the land to approach the Castel del Monte, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a masterpiece of Italian history. The octagonal castle will delight history enthusiasts by its bones and the mysteries that have marked its narrative. Because its position on top of a hill, installed in the middle of nowhere, can leave perplexing. The most hurried will be able to observe in one and the same monument several architectural styles of the thirteenth century.

For trackers of religious buildings?

The Cathedral of Trani.

Among the many churches to visit during a trip to Puglia, Trani Cathedral will attract attention with its Romanesque architecture and its position, which seems to flow into the Adriatic Sea. Its whiteness due to the use of a limestone banche stone surprises as well as the discovery of this large tower attached to the south face. The Cathedral of Trani is considered one of the most beautiful in Italy.

For backpackers looking for a local experience?

Sleeping in trulli (trullo singular).

These houses with white walls and conical roofs finished by a ball embody the Apulian region on their own all over the world. The Trulli are also listed as Unesco World Heritage Sites. The name comes from a Greek term meaning "cupola". Their particular construction, cylindrical in shape, dates back to prehistory. For a complete experience, one must go to what is designated as the capital of the Trulli: Alberobello, one hour drive north of Taranto. It is found in the valley of Itria between Bari, Taranto and Brindisi.

For the gourmands?

The sea urchins of Salento.

As in other Italian regions, a trip to Puglia is automatically associated with culinary discoveries. One will taste of the local pasta, namely the orecchiette, small pastes in the form of ear. The region maintains an old fishing tradition, which has brought many seafood products such as Gallipoli violet shrimp, Salento sea urchins or Taranto mussels. For culinary experiences "terrestrial", we can mention the mozzarella of Gioia del Colle and the burrata of Andria.

For the lazy?

The Sant'Andrea beach.

Pleasantly turned towards the Adriatic Sea, the region is a destination of choice for basking in the sun while enjoying the Italian wilderness. Several spots are advised, such as San Vito, Punta Prosciutto or Torre Canne. Sant'Andrea is one of the best options given its beautiful panorama and transparent waters. It is less than an hour's drive from Lecce.

For sportive people ?

The Tremiti Islands.

In front of Gargano National Park, the sportsmen embark on a boat to reach the turquoise waters of this small archipelago. The three islands are a destination of choice for divers who enjoy a good visibility on the intact seabed. The latter also want to approach the statue of Padre Pio because a cult is dedicated to him because of its miraculous virtues to cure diseases.

For the lovers of Bacchus?

Castel del Monte and Salice Salentino.

The Italian wines are far from being summed up to the Tuscan and Venetian stars. The landscapes of the heel of the Italian boot are carved by the vines that gorge themselves with sun. Inland, in the north of the region, oenophiles will approach the production of the appellation Castel del Monte, famous regional wine. To the south, you have to dip your lips in the nectars of the Salento and discover Salice Salentino wine, in red and rosé.

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