As in Sicily and Calabria, even in the case of this region, it is questionable whether it is necessary to talk about one or more Apulia, due to the varied landscapes, cultures, artistic styles, languages, cities.
The Trulli of Alberobello or the Romanesque of the Land of Bari? Castel del Monte or the Lecce’s Baroque? The seaside towns like Otranto or Brindisi or the peasant world of the Capitanata? The woods of the Gargano or the barren Murgia of Altamura? Discovering Puglia, a land of transit and border, means delving into the diversity of environments and historical and cultural characteristics, the latter undoubtedly due to exposure to the sea.
A land poor in water but miraculously generous: vineyards, wheat fields and endless expanses of olive trees, from which products that have become famous all over the world and a myth in Italy, such as Primitivo di Manduria wine, Pane di Altamura, oil spring. of olive oil from the Terre d’Otranto, without neglecting cheeses, such as the unsurpassed Burrata.
Puglia is the Italian East, at times it seems a distant appendage, but facing east, towards Greece, the Holy Land, Egypt, it was and is the gateway to the overseas.
Apulia has experienced a real tourist boom in recent years, also due to a greater and far-sighted commitment of local administrations. The coasts of the Gargano or those of Salento, the castles, the many farmhouses, the whitewashed houses, the unique Trulli, the karst caves, the great medieval cathedrals and the expanses of olive trees, have become a heritage of images that belong unavoidably to the collective idea that one has of Italy.
Wheat, olives and grapes, these are here still, after millennia, the most important agricultural products, and in Italy, Apulia has the primacy. Only with wine it is just second with 9.7 million hectoliters. In a long and narrow region, with almost 800 kilometers of coastline, with countless charming towns, 12.5% of the regional territory under environmental protection and a renowned gastronomy, a lot of itineraries can be developed full of history and current events, art and landscape, culture and entertainment. It’s up to you!