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Puglia Things to Do

  • Ostuni- Beautiful old town full of white...

    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...

  • Locorotondo- Amazing hilltop built

    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...

  • Matera- Precious secret of Southern...

    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...

  • Alberobello- The trulli zone of Southern...

    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 centerThe place has special status internationally designated a UNESCO world heritage site because its collection of some 1,500 trulli in an urban...

  • Brindisi- Gateway to the heel of Italy

    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 ItalyThe nature and the tranquility place in the Puglia region...

  • Lecce- The Baroque City

    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 monumentsThe town is...

  • Bari and going around place by Car

    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...

  • Things to do in Puglia

    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...

  • Things to do in Salento

    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...

  • Martina Franca

    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...

  • Gravina Laterza (National Park)

    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...

  • absolute must-see in Puglia

    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...

  • Parco della Murgia Materana

    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...

  • Ostuni - "La citta bianca"

    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),...

  • Matera

    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...

  • Piazza Duomo - Lecce

    This Lecce square is a wonderful baroque ensemble consisting of the cathedral (duomo) with rich decoration in ornaments and sculptures, the bishop`s palace and a priest seminar building.

  • Alberobello

    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...

  • Lecce

    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...

  • Basilica St. Croce - Lecce

    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.

  • Cabo San Otranto

    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.

  • Trulli

    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...

  • Polignano di Mare

    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...

  • Locorotondo

    Locorotondo is a small whitewashed city, visible from afar if you`re coming from Martina Franca. The name is roughly translated with "the round place" as the city foundations are in form of a circle if seen from a bird`s perspective. The city has not much obvious sights, but it has a very charming historic center with a maze of alleys between...

  • Otranto

    Otranto is a charming historic city at the easternmost point of Italy. The main sight is the cathedral with a mosaic that covers the whole floor and depicts several hundred stories from the Bible or history. There is also a lively old town, an aragonese "castello", and a small byzantine church with frescoes. The harbour view is great too, and there...

  • Torre di Guaceto

    Torre di Guaceto is a coastal nature reserve north of Brindisi which is very worthwhile. The protected area consists of a coastal strip dominated by macchia and sand dunes and a marine area with plenty of fishlife. You can walk through the dune paths or take part in guided walks that can combine walks and snorkeling. The sand beach of Torre di...

  • Otranto Cathedral

    The old cathedral of Otranto (Santa Annunziata), built in the 11./12th century, is famous because the whole floor (over 1500 square meters) is covered with mosaic tiles, depicting scenes from the Bible or history. Over 700 different stories are depicted within the mosaics. It is especially interesting to see how the artist imagined exotic animals...

  • Beaches in Puglia

    On our first day in Puglia, we went looking for a nice beach. At first, we were a bit disappointed: Many beaches were crowded (as it was peak season), and others were the stony-rocky type. I have to admit we are a bit spoiled by the fantastic beaches in Sardegna. So after visiting the beaches of Torre Canne, Pilone, Rosa Marina and Costa Merlata,...

  • Egnazia

    Egnazia is an archaeological site, an ancient roman town destroyed by Germanic invaders during the late roman empire. The site consists of a (rather boring) museum, an interesting necropolis (graveyard) and the remnants of the city and harbour of Egnazia. To be honest, there is not much left to see: None of the buildings are particularly...

  • Visit the Castel del Monte

    It seems that sites as distinct from places (i.e. towns and National Parks) are not indexed in VT. So to write things about Castel del Monte one must put them under a place. Unfortunately the Castel is not in a place. There is not even a farmhouse around. Certainly not an Inn. The nearest city is Andria but even that is not listed under Puglia. One...

  • Puglian Norman-Romanesque Churches

    There are at least 6 Apulian Romannesque churches started before 1200 AD. At least 3 of them before1100 : San Nicola in Bari and the cathedrals in Trani (pictured here) and Bisceglie. The cathedral at Bari is 1156 but is much altered by changes after an earthquake(1613). Only Trani and Barletta have Rose windows. A carving program as part of the...

  • Castel del Monte

    When the Emperor Frederick II built this castle near Bari in the 13th century, he imbued it with symbolic significance, as reflected in the location, the mathematical and astronomical precision of the layout and the perfectly regular shape. A unique piece of medieval military architecture, Castel del Monte is a successful blend of elements from...

  • Castellana Grotte

    A collection of caves. you cant walk into the grotte without a guide. so you have to participate in a group. the guide are taking you down the long steps into the cold grotte. there he or she(mostly she) takes you around. remember don`t touch anything(thats not easy when it its wet and slippery) In the biggest part of the grotte it is a whole where...

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