Apulia

Considering the “boot” shape of Italy, the “heel” you’ll notice on its South Eastern most tip is called Puglia, the longest (some 250 miles, north to south) region in Italy. Embracing such a wide distance, the area boasts several dialects, traditions and monuments. From the almost-desert Northern area where one can admire the Middle-Aged beauty of Castel del Monte, built by King Frederick II of Swabia, to the typical Mediterranean whitewashed villages on the coast, Puglia (or Apulia, as some call it) will mesmerize you.

Some of the most incredible beaches may be found here, particularly around the Southernmost tip of the area, the so-called Salento sub-region.

Places like Torre dell’Orso, Porto Cesareo, Punta Prosciutto, leave nothing to desire. Just linger on the light, warm sand of the Ionian Sea and let your daily life slide aside. The place you’re in will think about soothing and pampering your every wish.

Instead, if you prefer stretching on the rocks, then head to the other side of the sea, on the Adriatic coast; the villages of Diso, Santa Cesarea and particularly Castro will offer some of the most incredible dips one could dream about, amid rocky grounds, and a sandy, turquoise seabed. Simply gorgeous!

On the cultural side, the Apulian baroque is probably considered being the most beautiful in the world, perfectly balanced as it is between hyper-elaborate ornaments and perfect structural volumes. Monuments like the ones in Lecce, Nardò, Gallipoli and Otranto will leave you simply breathless. Add to this the beauties of Central Puglia, such as Ostuni, Cisternino, Locorotondo and – most of all – Alberobello and its oddly conic-shaped “trulli” houses, plus an array of wines that have become internationally renowned, such as Negroamaro, Primitivo di Manduria and Aleatico, an almost constant sunshine, a cuisine that chefs from all over the world try to reproduce and… haven’t you fallen in love with Puglia yet?!

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