The “heel of Italy’s boot”, Puglia is a charming region that can be visited all year round and is suspended among nature, history, tradition and tastes.
Puglia, is an enchanting region that spreads lengthwise along the sea. At Santa Maria di Leuca the calm and crystalline waters of the Ionian Sea mix with those of the intense and azure Adriatic. Sea lovers have multiple options in this region, from Gallipoli, the “Gem of Salento,” to Gargano, “Italy’s Buttress,” which protrudes out into the clear sea, where one finds the the beautiful Tremiti Islands.
Nature is the protagonist in the Murgia National Park, and in Gargano’s wild Umbra forest, with its salt pans and lakes. Visit the marine reserve of Torre Guaceto and the deep ravines of Laterza and wide dolines of Altamura that characterize the hinterland of the region with their charming landscapes. For those who want to travel through history, Puglia offers a wide range of places that testify to the ancient origins of this land: from prehistory to Magna Graecia, from the Imperial Age to the Renaissance and the Baroque splendor of Lecce and of Salento. The Trulli offer an evocative testimony of the rural past of the region. Meanwhile, numerous castles dot the southern coasts, hinting at an era when both perils and commerce landed on these shores.
Those interested in tradition and folk music should attend the numerous festivals and fish feasts that in summertime run throughout the region.