Apulia is one of the most visited regions in Italy. It boasts 800 km of coastline with paradisiacal beaches, four Unesco sites and a millenary history which expresses itself in the Baroque cities, in the small stone villages, in the countryside dotted with vines and olive trees and in a food and wine tradition of excellence.
Apulia is a region of southern Italy, known as the "heel" of the peninsula. Overlooking two seas and stretching towards infinity, since ancient times it was a bridge between the West and the East and still today it fully expresses these two contrasts, proving to be a versatile tourist destination suitable for every need. The Apulian landscape offers infinite and exciting nuances: the blue of the sea, the green of its plains and the Mediterranean scrub, the blinding white of its stone villages, the ruby red of its wines, the gold of its fine olive oils. Its coasts (more than 800 km between the Adriatic Sea and the Ionian Sea) are one of the main destinations to attract thousands of visitors every year and offer a wide variety in terms of landscape and natural environments: from the cliffs overlooking the sea, to the large sandy beaches bathed by calm and crystal clear waters, from small rocky coves, to equipped beaches.
Nature lovers in Apulia will not be disappointed by the Gargano National Park and the Murge National Park, the incredible seabed of the marine reserves of the Tremiti Islands and Torre Guaceto and the many protected areas that characterize this region. But there is no shortage of historical and archaeological treasures, including dolmens, menhirs, early Christian churches, fortresses, rock caves and Romanesque cathedrals. How not to mention the trulli? Become one of the iconic images of Puglia (the Italian for Apulia), they are typical dry-stone buildings with cone-shaped roofs, dating back to a period ranging from the 14th to the 17th century, which peep through the vegetation in the countryside of the Itria Valley and in the Murge. And let's not forget the cities of art, one above all Lecce, the cradle of Salento Baroque, and the picturesque historic villages, where ancient cultural and religious traditions still live intact.
Then there are the masserie, another Apulian reality which has become iconic in the last few years: ancient peasant dwellings scattered in the countryside of the region, surrounded by agave, vineyards and olive trees, today renovated and transformed into temples of charming hospitality. And, last but not least, the Apulian food and wine offer is almost worth the trip: it is a concentrate of excellences with an ancient and inimitable taste, ranging from the countless regional dishes, to oil and wine. Do you need any other reason to book a stay in Apulia?
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