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    Bari and going around place by Car

    by FabioR Written Jul 9, 2012

    Hi I know good Bari city and nightlife, because I lived there a lots of years of my life.
    End of september isn't cold, but isn't summer, but anyway is good time for walk and going around.
    There's a sandy beach in Bari, but isn't wonderful, and if you have car have to go to Capitolo or Torre Canne (south of Bari) to find sandy beach.
    Wonderful location is Polignano, good for visit city, Alberobello or Castellana Grotte.
    Bari is nice to visit (don't believe to Lonely Planet), old town, seaside, and a lots of shops in center.
    There're a couples of wonderful fish restaurants in Monopoli.

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    Things to do in Puglia

    by sandyn Written Jun 14, 2012

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    Definitely go see Ostuni--it's absolutely beautiful-a hilltop town with views to the sea, and every building is painted white--just gorgeous! We also enjoyed walking along the cliffs at Polignano a Mare; many of the caves have restaurants in them--a great place for lunch or dinner. A definite must-see would be the Cave of Castellana Grotte. We had no problem walking around Old Bari during the day. If you are looking for a fabulous place to stay, we stayed at the resort of Una Hotel Regina in Noicattaro, about a mile from the beach at Torre a Mare. You could spend several days just enjoying the amenities of the hotel. We did not stay at the Agriturismo Lama San Giorgio in Rutigliano, but had a wonderful family reunion there and the food was so delicious! It looked like a very nice place to stay and all the reviews are great. I would also recommend Trani and Sassi di Matera. You will love Puglia!

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    Things to do in Salento

    by microsensazione Updated Jul 9, 2010

    I'm still waiting replies by my friend living in Morciano di Leuca (not so far from Santa Maria di Leuca) to give you some suggests about Salento.

    Anyway, waiting for him, I'd suggest you also:
    - ALIMINI lake (it's very peaceful, I don't know if you are interested for)
    - PONTE CIOLO - It's not so simple to find. It is not properly a "beach" under a bridge of the road on Adriatic Coast side it's about 8 km far from Santa Maria di Leuca (take a look on Google Maps searching "Ponte Ciolo, Gagliano del Capo"). Well, some CRAZY people take position on the bridge to dive! More than 30 meters! Too crazy!
    - GROTTA ZINZULUSA (on Adriatic Coast side)
    - ALBEROBELLO (small village with "TRULLI"); take a look about on images of Google, maybe you could consider it.

    About nightlife:
    - LIDO AZZURRO (It was our favourite! take a look on "http://www.lidoazzurro.org/index.php")
    - GIBO' (I did not stay but it is well known: http://www.gibo.it/)

    ...and on the beach, near PESCOLUSE, my favourite beach kiosk: "KAIBO"!!!
    Take a look on http://www.kaibo.it/
    The internet site is cured by my friend I'm still waiting to advise VTers for new cool places in Salento!

    Tourism forever!
    By Fabrizio

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    Martina Franca

    by MichaelFalk1969 Updated Nov 13, 2008

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    Martina Franca ended up to be our favourite city in Puglia - a real surprise find. After we drove past Martina Franca the first time, we decided to skip it, as what was visible did not look very special at first glance. Then we decided otherwise as every guide book recommended Martina Franca and its historic town center and gave it a chance. We were amazed. A wonderful historic Old Town with baroque faccades, a charming maze of alleys, excellent restaurants, lively squares. The most obvious sights are the Palazzo Ducale, built in 1688 with a high baroque fa├žade and beautifully decorated with iron wrought railings, and the main Church of San Martino, built in the Baroque period. Martina Franca is especially charming in the evening and full of life: young romantic couples, families with lots of bambini, old people chatting, going into restaurants, taking an evening walk. Lovely city!

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    Gravina Laterza (National Park)

    by MichaelFalk1969 Updated Feb 19, 2008

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    The Gravina Laterza (near the town of Laterza) is a lush green gorge in an otherwise extremely dry landscape. The Gravina serves as a bird sanctuary where many birds of prey live (it was fairly easy to spot them, we saw falcons, bussards and ravens). A hiking path parallel to the gorge (sentiero Nr. 3) starts at the visitor centre allows to walk for ca. 1 hour (one-way) and glimpse great views on the fantastic canyon landscape and bizarre stone formations. Just be careful not to step too close to the fringes of the gorge - it is almost 200 metres deep!

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    absolute must-see in Puglia

    by David_trip Written Feb 7, 2008

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    Lecce, Otranto, Gallipoli, Castro, Ostuni, Alberobello, Martina Franca, Manduria, Castel del Monte, Trani, Porto Cesareo, Veglie, Gargano and its coast. Tip: rent a car and travel all the way down from Taranto to the extreme south along the Ionian coast and back along the adriatic coast up to Veglie. Stay overnight in Agriturismos (farm holiday resort) in the countryside and eat simple local products.

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    Parco della Murgia Materana

    by MichaelFalk1969 Updated Oct 31, 2007

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    Only a few kilometers off Matera on the left-hand-side of the street SS 7 (Via Appia) lies the Parco Murgia Materana. It is a very dry, savannah-like landscape, where several historical cave dwellings (and a cave church) can be discovered. You can easily spot those caves from the street that runs through the park. There is also a Belvedere from which the famous city of Matera can be seen.

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    Ostuni - "La citta bianca"

    by MichaelFalk1969 Updated Oct 30, 2007

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    Ostuni is rightfully called "the white city" (la citta bianca) because of the whitewashed houses of the Old Quarter. Any trip to Ostuni should start at Piazza della Liberta with the Town Hall (in an old monastery) and the church St. Francis of Assisi. The old town has several beautiful churches (the cathedral and the church St. Maria Maddalena), but the highlight of Ostuni is its intricate maze of alleys and stairways where you can easily lose yourself.

    The classic view of Ostuni is from the Belvedere in the newer part of the town. If you are standing at the Piazza della Liberta, go straight ahead for ca. 500 metres (past the Oronzo monument) - from the Belvedere on the left-hand-side you can see the whole Old Town, the cathedral and the historic city gate.

    P.S.: By the way, the gelateria near the cathedral sells fabolous ice cream. Try a cone of Cassata Siciliana - wonderful!

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    Matera

    by MichaelFalk1969 Updated Sep 6, 2007

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    The city of Matera (in the Basilicata region) is a UNESCO world heritage monument, and rightfully so. It is famous for the "sassi", caves dwellings that were used as houses up tol the 1950`s. The old town has two quarters that are both worthwhile to explore: The Sassi Barisano quarter, and the Sassi Caveoso. A walk through the old town will give you incredibile vistas on the city and the surrounding "gravina" (gorge) from different viewing angles. Matera also has several interesting churches, for example the Cathedral (great view on Matera from there) and the Chiesa di Purgatorio (the latter church has a front door completely decorated by skulls). Matera has also served as a film location for Mel Gibson`s "The Passion of Christ".

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    Alberobello

    by MichaelFalk1969 Updated Sep 6, 2007

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    Alberobello (a UNESCO world heritage site) is probably the most popular sight next to Castel del Monte. The city (and the surrounding region Valle d`Itria) is famous for the round Trulli with their cone-shaped roofs, the dominating rural house type in central Puglia. It is said that the Trulli were built because of a tax evasion scheme: For houses that could be "unbuilt" in a day, no taxes had to be paid. Alberobellos Old Town consists only of Trullis (even a Trulli Church). If you cross the main street between Old and New Town, there is a (modern) church with a Belvedere from where you have a classic view on the old quarter and plenty of Trullis.

    Though tourists have annoyingly overrun this place, it is still very interesting and surely a must-see. Unlike all other places we visited in Puglia, the city is also filled with tacky, hard-selling souvenir shops.

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    Lecce

    by MichaelFalk1969 Updated Sep 5, 2007

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    Lecce (Old Town) is stuffed with baroque churches and palazzi, and a very worthwhile daytrip. The most spectacular sights are the churches, especially the cathedral as well as the surrounding square (piazza duomo), the Basilica St. Croce with its marvelous baroque exterior, and the church St. Irene. Lecce also features the remnants of a roman arena.

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    Basilica St. Croce - Lecce

    by MichaelFalk1969 Updated Sep 5, 2007

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    I guess there can be no doubt that St. Maria della Croce is the most beautiful church in Lecce - if not all Puglia. The baroque exterior is richly decorated with sculptures, gargoyles, dragons, and other real or mythological animals. It is even more spectacular than Lecce Cathedral itself.

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    Cabo San Otranto

    by MichaelFalk1969 Written Sep 5, 2007

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    The easternmost point of Italy - marked by a beacon which is not easy to spot from the coast road. It is a nice view, and as it is only a ten-minute drive from Otranto, can easily combined with a tour of this beautiful city. Great views of the Adriatic coast, too.

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    Trulli

    by MichaelFalk1969 Updated Sep 5, 2007

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    The house type typical for (central) Puglia (Valle d`Itria): the round Trulli with their cone-shaped roofs, traditionally built without mortar. It is said that the Trulli were built because of a tax evasion scheme: For houses that could be "unbuilt" in a day, no taxes had to be paid. If you want to see those funny houses, go to Alberobello, where the Old Town consists only of Trullis.

    You can even stay in a Trulli during your holiday (many "agriturismi" offer them as accomodation) - see also my tip on Masseria Cappuccini.

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    Polignano di Mare

    by MichaelFalk1969 Updated Sep 5, 2007

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    Polignano de Mare is a small seaside town ca. 30 km south of Bari with a spectacular setting. The Old Town clings directly to the cliffs above the Adriatic Sea. There are several belvederes from which this nice town and the seaside can be appreciated. Polignano is not crowded with tourists but seems very laid-back; for a town of its size, there are lots of cozy, inviting restaurants. Surely worth a stop !

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