Apulia is a land of history, traditions, nature, spirituality, taste and enchanting landscapes. A place to visit all year round. This region in fact offers a diversified and therefore wonderful scenery. The sea with its crystal clear color offers sandy beaches for families and lovers of long walks, beaches made of rocks for those who love diving or relaxing in the beautiful rocky coves. The region has two seas where you can see the sunrise and sunset on the same day.
From north to south, the Apulia Region represents a territory characterized by a fascinating environment: the sea. The coasts of this territory from the Tremiti Islands, in the north, to the Salento, straddling the two Ionian and Adriatic seas, until reaching the tip of the region with the town of Santa Maria di Leuca offer a landscape characterized by crystal clear waters, caves, sandy beaches, rocky inlets and dense vegetation.
But Apulia also offers natural wonders, history and traditions. From the Gargano Park, in the north, to the Murge Park it is possible to immerse yourself in nature, get away from the big cities and live in contact with nature. Gentle hills are home to national parks, ravines and evocative landscapes of vineyards and olive groves. The red earth is in contrast with the white lime of the ancient historical centres, places of tradition.
For lovers of history and traditions, instead, each village or town more or less tells its own identity. A territory with ancient roots from prehistoric times to Magna Graecia, then from the Imperial Age to the Renaissance and Baroque. Every phase has marked this land. It was also an important port that absorbed the traditions of others and enriched its identity. Unique buildings such as the trulli, for example, offer a real testimony of the rural life of our ancestors, today a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the castles and towers that embellish the south. Popular music, festivals, festivals that represent the hospitality and generosity of this people.
The region of Apulia, is a destination for Italian and international tourists who come to this area to enjoy the sea mainly, nature, tradition and gastronomy.
The region is equipped with a network of modern and efficient connections that allow you to reach Apulia by different means of transport: by plane, train, car and boat.
Sea destination during the summer season, thanks to the sea and the dream beaches; it is a perfect region to visit and live all year round. Nature, culture, traditions, innovation and gastronomy are the reasons to visit this wonderful region even in low season.
Itineraries on foot, by bike will make you experience the wonderful country landscapes, the red earth hills, parks and nature reserves.
For those who love to have unforgettable experiences, you can visit and eat in the many farms of the region, taste the wines, dairy products and get closer to the art of the villages full of cathedrals, churches, historic centers, castles and archaeological sites.
There are many places from north to south that deserve attention: The Castel del Monte in Andria, the Swabian Castle of Trani, the National Archaeological Museum of Taranto, the National Museum and Archaeological Park of Egnazia, one of the most important in Italy with the Messapian walls and necropolis.
Countries with the cliff directly on the sea such as Polignano a Mare, hill towns such as the white Ostuni and Alberobello with its typical ancient buildings and characteristic stone houses with conical roofs, built by hand without glue, since 1996 UNESCO World Heritage Site as well as Castel del Monte, a medieval building built by Frederick II; towns linked to devotion such as San Giovanni Rotondo, small villages, castles, medieval and baroque towns where the masterpieces of craftsmanship are relived. This identity is also told through festivals, religious and pagan festivals: one of the best ways to visit Apulia throughout the year: from the rites of Holy Week at Easter with the ancient and traditional Procession of the Mysteries in Taranto, The Carnival of Putignano, The Night of Taranta in Melpignano in summer and much more.
The kitchen is the real protagonist of this land. The women are the queens of the kitchen, with their abundant and tasty dishes make you feel their hospitality and love. It is a true triumph of flavors that makes the gastronomic offer of the region unique.
Each place has its own recipe for a menu that will delight all palates, from the poor traditional dishes to those based on meat and fish. Dishes that have become true cults in Italian gastronomy and beyond. The orecchiette, for example, homemade with turnip tops, white broad beans with chicory, grilled meat, focaccia pugliese and specialties based on raw fish, marinated, or transformed into delicious soups. Don't forget all the desserts, dairy products and cheeses and baked goods.
In Apulia cooking is a cult, an art, a faith. And in this belief cannot be excluded all the excellences of the land such as extra virgin olive oil, DOC wines and other delicious products of the land: onions, tomatoes, durum wheat, vegetables, fresh pasta and many typical products that are part of the Slow Food Presidia.
Put stress aside and indulge in the slow pace of the countryside, afternoon siestas, relaxing lunches and dinners. For the Apulians, the table is a meeting place, a union of love where they can taste the delicious dishes that the woman of the house has cooked with love for her family. It is the daily dose of affection necessary to better face the day.
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