Apuglia or in Italian Puglia is a region located in the south of Italy, bordering the Adriatic Sea in the east, the Ionian Sea to the southeast, and the Strait of Òtranto and Gulf of Taranto in the south. The Salento peninsula (south) forms the famous “high heel” which makes up the “boot” of Italy. The region is the home of 6 provinces Bari (region capital), Brindisi, Foggia, Lecce and Taranto, Barletta-Andria-Trani.
First colonized by the Mycenaean Greeks, Puglia is one of the wealthiest archaeological regions in Italy. An enchanting area which can be visited all year round capturing the essence of southern Italy with is nature, history, tradition, tastes and spirituality.
The coast is made up of breathtaking beaches that will leave all travellers in ore, whether it be from the sandy Torre dell’Orso and Porto Cesario or to the rocky, boulder-encrusted Riviera of Otranto and Santa Maria di Leuca. Anywhere that you choose to venture to, you will be amazed by the sights and sounds.
Sea lovers have numerous alternatives in Puglia, from Gallipoli, the “Gem of Salento,” to Gargano, “Italy’s Buttress,” which overhangs out into the crystal blue sea, a place where you can find the beautiful Tremiti Islands.
Nature is the regions storyteller with the Murgia National Park and the salt pans and lakes in Gargano’s wild Umbria forest. The region is characterised by an never-ending quantity of charismatic scenery that allow you to source down to the roots of the earliest land, embracing the rural past and numerous castles that dot the coasts of the southern coast, creating an sight of a powerful front.
There is something for everyone in Puglia. If you are interested in tradition and folk music, several festivals are held within the region in the summertime – the perfect tourist season! You must not miss out on visiting something on the UNESCO World Heritage List; Alberobello which is the town of trulli where ancient cone shaped houses are built of stone all without mortar and are still standing today. These fairytale like white homes look as if they have been designed for Italian elves, but in fact they have been occupied by farm labourers and shopkeepers.
The cuisine in Puglia and Southern Italy’s culture is proven to be a region with an excellent production of wines, extra virgin olive oil, fruit, vegetables, wheat and seafood; all with their very own distinctiveness according to production vicinity. Classified as ‘poor’ for its simple ingredients, however the cuisine is rich is flavour and satisfies any palate.
The region is highlighted by its homemade pasta made with durum wheat or a mix of durum and soft wheat. Orecchiette is the regions classic, which were once the main course for the poorest of families and today are served in the world’s best restaurants. You might see women producing this ear-shaped pasta in the doorway of their house. The region is considered to be the source of 80 percent of Europe’s pasta and a large amount of Italy’s fish.
The harmony which is made between pasta and vegetables in the region is quite unexpected. Puglia is one large, pungent vegetable garden, that when combined with pasta, fresh fish or even good quality meat (there is very little beef or pork eating and poultry is uncommon), they will leave every person satisfied and wanting more.
Hosting a variety of good quality products which is labelled with DOP (Denomination of Protected Origin) or RGI (Regional Geographical Indication). Puglia produces more wine than Germany and more olive oil than all the other regions of Italy combined.
If you are travelling to Italy, Puglia is definitely one region that you must visit. A place where you can embrace a mixture of history, sights and passion all at once.