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Touring Puglia
Friday, July 08TH, 2011 by Anonymous
  Puglia is one of the major tourist destinations in Italy.Its historical, artistic, religious, cultural, and natural assets make it an important destination for travelers driven by different impulses. It is impossible to conceive a tour that would reveal all of it in one go, unless you have more than a month to spend here. That would actually be a blessing. Otherwise, you should schedule at least a day for every one of the following destinations. Add a couple of days for relaxing on the various beaches and don't forget to spend a couple of night enjoying the lively Apulian nightlife. Sea...
Trabucco
Friday, November 26TH, 2010 by Glauco
Trabucco (Photo from tripadvisor.com) If you don't know what a trabucco is, read on: a trabucco is a large wooden construction, a real fishing machine, with a platform bonded to coastal rock by big pine logs and two, but sometimes more, antenna-like cranes stretching out over the water to support big fishing nets, better known as "trabocchetti". Italian fishermen adopted this technique for its feasibility in adverse weather conditions, as fishing from the solidity of the high, rocky coast was favored over attempting to sail over a dangerously agitated sea. You'll need four people to run...
Alta Murgia National Park
Monday, January 18TH, 2010 by ancos
  Murgia Sud-Orientale - Gradino - Photo courtesy of Szajci/Wikimedia   The Italian national park of Alta Murgia, located in the Apulia region of the Murgia area, offers six different sightseeing itineraries to help visitors discover the wonders of the area. The park was established in 2004 and is famous for the floral and fauna and animal species it protects, as well as its dolines, ancient local architecture and archaeological finds and the castles in the area. Flora and Fauna In the recent years there have been many changes in the flora and fauna of the national park due to the...
The Trulli of Alberobello
Monday, January 11TH, 2010 by ancos
Alberobello - Trulli The trulli are limestone houses found in the region of Puglia, which are beautiful examples of the ancient technique of drywall construction that is still used today for houses in the region. The trulli are built from rough limestone rocks and boulders, usually domed or in a pyramid shape, which have been collected from nearby fields. The traditional Apulian stone houses or store rooms often have cone shaped roofs and this style of home is typical not only to Alberobello, but also to towns like Locorotondo, Ceglie Messapica, Martina Franca, Cisterno and Fasano. In the...
Shopping in Apulia
Tuesday, December 29TH, 2009 by ancos
Apulia on the Italian Map Apulia or, as it is known locally, the region of Puglia, is located on the southeastern border of the country along the Adriatic Sea. It is also bordered along the coast by the Gulf of Taranto and Strait of Otranto on the south. The region is spread over an area of 19,345 sq km. The economy of the region is based greatly on agricultural products and services and only a few industries. Apulia had been rather ignored by tourists till recent times and it is only in the recent times that people began to appreciate the rural beauty and the beautiful landscapes of the...
Castel del Monte
Tuesday, December 22TH, 2009 by ancos
Castel del Monte Castel del Monte is a unique castle built in the 13th century by Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II in the Apulia region. When the Emperor had castle built, he had created a symbol which was of much significance, reflected in the layout, shape and the location of the castle. Castel del Monte is located on a small hill close to the Santa Maria del Monte monastery, near the town of Andria.   Castel del Monte is a perfect example of medieval architecture but also contains various elements from different cultures, which is why it was included as a UNESCO world heritage site. The...
Sant'Agata di Puglia
Wednesday, December 09TH, 2009 by ancos
Sant'Agata di Puglia Sant'Agata di Puglia is a town and a commune located in the Apulia region in the province of Foggia. The town is located in the Colaggio valley and had gained much importance in the ancient times due to its strategic location. The town had a different name in the Roman times, but in 592 the remains of St. Agatha were moved to Rome and it was then that the present day name of the town was chosen. In the medieval era, the main castle of the town was at the head of the entire region. During the rule of the Lombards the castle was a garrison of the Dukedom of Benevento. The...
Taranto
Thursday, November 19TH, 2009 by ancos
Castello Aragonese, Taranto When one thinks of Italy, traditional images come to mind.  Churches that are hundreds of years old, engineering and architectural wonders from centuries past, rolling hills, mountains, the sea, and, of course, great food, all are thought of when talking about Italy.  Northern Italy sometimes brings thoughts of a more modern, industrial, bustling environment.  The thought is that as you work your way down the peninsula life slows down a bit.  However, that generalization takes a hit in the southern city of Taranto. Based in the Puglia region in southern Italy,...
Foggia
Thursday, November 19TH, 2009 by ancos
Foggia With a rich diversity of landscape the Puglia region demonstrates fully the fact that you do not have to go too far to in this country for a change of scenery.  From mountains silhouetting the sky at one side, plains where sheep herders once carried on with their trade, to cliff side and beautiful sandy beaches along the coast, you are never at a loss for geographic imagery. Centered to the north of the Puglia region, and hence close to many natural wonders, is the city of Foggia.  Foggia is the capital of the province of Foggia, which sits in the Puglia region.  Foggia is the...
Brindisi
Thursday, November 19TH, 2009 by ancos
Brindisi by night from the sea There is something about a beach, a harbor, and the coastline in general that fills you with freshness and a sense of awe.  If you throw in a peak at a sunrise or sunset then you are doing even better.  If you are in the south of Italy there is much coastline to take in and see.  One such spot is the ancient city of Brindisi.   Brindisi is in the Puglia region of Italy.  Specifically the city lives on the south eastern coast, just north of Lecce.  It is an integral part of the Salento peninsula serving as the capital of the province of Brindisi and right on...

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