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    Ostuni- Beautiful old town full of white plaster

    by shavy Updated Sep 16, 2014

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    The city is located in the province of Brindisi, and is a very popular tourist destination. That is about 200 meters above sea level, the sea is about six miles, and you can admire and enjoy the fantastic views. Ostuni has ancient origins, to be Paleolithic precise. But the first real center of the city was founded in the seventh century BC by Messapi, skilled builders. In the third century AD the Roman Empire conquered the Salento, and judging by the fact that many farms are built on the ruins of Roman villas.

    The Ways of Ostuni is a treasure to be step by step with patience and curiosity discovered. Know that if you stop by the streets of this place, just turn that corner, at any point, you'll have to shoot a small scene and remember missed. The plaster of the houses and the doors immaculate green or blue, and all of those steps are the perfect backdrop for art, and take the same point several shades when viewed with the sun.

    This city has an old elevated, surrounded by ramparts Aragonese town with white lanes. The cathedral was built in the late Gothic style at the end of 15th century. The facade is a magnificent rose window. Ostuni is a beautiful and charming town to walk steep alleys and shopping. The old castle is enthroned on a hill, from which you look at the sea, three kilometers north. From a distance, the city seems a foam pie. Once in the Borgo Antico (leave your car in a parking spot quickly) you can stroll to the square of square, past churches and surprising shops books, gifts. Of course the coffee houses are well represented.

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    Locorotondo- Amazing hilltop built

    by shavy Written Sep 15, 2014

    Is a nice village with beautiful white houses. Why did they called Locorotondo? the round city upon a hill. Is just another white town built on a hilltop with its typical white houses is known for the old historic center with beautiful facades in baroque and rococo style as well as the imposing bell tower and churches dating from the year 1100.

    You can see from far away while you are on the road, the white city lying on top of a hill. It is difficult to find a parking it was on a Sunday when we're in town and there was a Sunday mass, so, parking is hard to find, but a little out of the center we found a place. The old city gate we walk into town. In the picturesque narrow streets. And then we roam the rest of the morning by the very voice that town with its white houses is completely different than any previous towns we visited on this trip. It looks a bit like Martina Franca but much whiter, cozier and less rich. Yet there were also home to beautiful baroque balconies, countless picturesque corners

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    Matera- Precious secret of Southern Italy

    by shavy Written Sep 15, 2014

    One of the most bizarre cities of Italy Matera, capital of the eponymous province in the Basilicata region. Matera is on the edge of a ravine and includes three parts: the Sasso Barisano and Sasso Caveoso, which largely consist of cave dwellings, and a modern district which was built around 1950.

    Add to that a hundred cave churches from the first centuries after Christ, and you know Matera no ordinary city. The place is difficult to describe in words, how it feels to be on top of the rocky gorge Sassi Barisano and look out over the canyon and one of the most awe-inspiring panoramas by people.

    The area around Matera has been inhabited since the Stone Age. The city itself was according to tradition founded by the Romans in the third century BC, the bulk of which is located between two mountain gorges.The two parts were added in 1993 to the World Heritage List of UNESCO.

    New corridors were getting back into the limestone excavated. In the 7th and 8th centuries AD many Greek-Roman and Byzantine monastic communities migrated to this region. They built in this part of Basilicata hundreds of cave churches. But only in the Middle Ages grew collection cave dwellings into a small town. Some are completely under the ground, others were dug into the rocks and over the centuries, an extensive range of attachments. More than 100 churches, sometimes with exceptionally beautiful frescoes, have been opened.

    Troglodyte caves and rock churches in Matera
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    Alberobello- The trulli zone of Southern Italy

    by shavy Written Sep 15, 2014

    The advantage of having a car in South Italy is very easy without depending on local transport. Once you get to the place just park the car somewhere or leave it at your hotel park and go on foot to the center

    The place has special status internationally designated a UNESCO world heritage site because its collection of some 1,500 trulli in an urban environment is unique some of the trulli are now used for stores, restaurants, and lodging but many are still inhabited by locals, who are very friendly to visitors. As a world heritage site, Alberobello is a tourist attraction, but as it is less accessible from the tourist-heavy west coast, it is not overrun by tourists, and most tourists of Alberobello are Italians

    If you encounter the first trullo (plural trulli), you notice that these structures are in real life even more remarkable than you expected. You could put them in the landscape of the Teletubbies, well a stone point with a strange ornament diagonally on top. Once you are in the right region, it's like they rise up everywhere. In Alberobello, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, there are more than 1500 Away from the main tourist attractions such as Alberobello

    The place is not very well-known to outsider visitors, it is deeper to the south of the country and local transfer is not very common here. You must have a car to reach the place, we have spent long time driving to get in Alberobello and it is worth to do so. December months are too busy, Italians spent their holiday season in the area not many outsider tourist though

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    Brindisi- Gateway to the heel of Italy

    by shavy Written Sep 15, 2014

    After our trip at the south, we ended up in Brindisi and flying back home. This small town has a beautiful historical center, rich in churches, gardens, castles, idyllic streets, nice restaurants, and cafes. Too bad the place is unknown but highly attractive destination for a holiday in Italy

    The nature and the tranquility place in the Puglia region have not yet been discovered by mass tourism. Brindisi and its surroundings are beautiful places to visit and there is a wide range of fantastic holiday accommodation. Brindisi also has a small port town in the southern part of the country. Despite the fact this town has started developing as a resort not long ago, here you will find almost ideal conditions for beach rest.

    The port town itself has a few sights that are worth but also in the area. We start, just like the old sailors from the east, in the port of Brindisi and explore from there its treasures the surrounding land of Puglia. Tourists can attend diving and surfing schools, inventory rental services, and wonderful restaurants located directly in beach zone.

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    Lecce- The Baroque City

    by shavy Written Sep 15, 2014

    Lecce was one of the place we visited during this trip. It's a MUST to see in the South, we were here in December the weather still 16 C, is good to stroll around if the weather if you have such a nice temperature. There are plenty of things to do and see around in this baroque town with many architectural buildings and monuments

    The town is manageable by foot most of the streets are pedestrianized and it's easy to stroll around with no disturbing by any vehicles. On almost every street corner stands a church. Usually made from local soft tuff. The cathedral of the same name, pedestrian square has a 70 meter high, slender clock tower. The Campanile Duomo Square is the exception terraces charge

    Lecce has about 100,000 inhabitants and is also known as the "Florence of the South 'called.
    This is because it is home to many important landmarks. Discover the beautiful churches, museums and baroque monuments and then go enjoy a delicious local dish at one of the many terraces, and they has several shops with the famous Italian fashion brands, and there are a number of small shops selling local products
    Typical of the Salento (Puglia region) region, the paper match handicrafts this beautiful handmade crafts can be bought in this town

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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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