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Wednesday, August 5th, 2015
  A Trabocco in Chieti, Abruzzo. Ph. bass_nroll on flickr    If you don't know what a trabucco (or trabocco) 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
Tuesday, February 10th, 2015
shopping puglia
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. Probably the main products of Apulia are the olive oil and the dried
Tuesday, October 21st, 2014
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 spots is the ancient city of Brindisi.   Brindisi is in the Puglia region of Italy, specifically on its south-eastern coast,  just
Monday, August 25th, 2014
castles puglia
Apulia is another Italian region rich in castles with different styles and origins. Here is a list of some of the most beautiful ones in the region:   Castles by the sea in Puglia Placed right next to the sea or sometimes directly on the sea, you will find such types of castles in several Apulian towns:   Castle of Taranto:  The architect Ciro Ciri is the author of this castle who designed it on some Byzantine fortifications for the Aragon king Ferdinand. The castle is also known as castel
Thursday, July 10th, 2014
Piazza del Ferrarese, Bari   Bari, the second largest city of Southern Italy, is capital of the Apulia (or Puglia) region, located on the Adriatic Sea. Named the fifth largest province in Italy and also the most populated, Bari carries a population 322.541, according to ISTAT data of 2013. As a very prominent seaport, Bari is more than 5,000 square kilometers in size and its ports face the Adriatic Sea and connect to other Adriatic ports using railways, boat and roadways. Bari
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Aragonese Castle and Promenade in Taranto. Ph.   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
Friday, June 1st, 2012
  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
Friday, June 1st, 2012
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. 
Friday, June 1st, 2012
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
Friday, June 1st, 2012
The norman-swabian castle in Barletta. Annunziata Bastion Ph.   The sea presents an extra special experience.  The sight of it, the sound of it and the smell of it totally engrosses every bit of you whenever you encounter it.  There is much to see in the natural world that leaves you totally overwhelmed, but somehow the sea captivates you even more.  Couple that image with the fact that you are in Italy and it magnifies the experience
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Castel del Monte Ph.   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 the castle built, he 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
Friday, June 1st, 2012
A Rustic Trullo Deforestation At one time, Puglia was full of trees. Of course, it still is full of trees - Olive trees that is - but, years ago, there would have been forests of Pine, Yew, Beech and others. Today, Puglia is a land of plains and huge cultivated areas of vineyards, olive trees and citrus groves. The forests of old have largely disappeared, cut down many centuries ago, probably to make way for agriculture and plains for grazing livestock. With the disappearance of the forests
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Duomo Square in Lecce Ph. Depositphotos/milla74   In your search of Italy and all of its beautiful corners, you do not want to miss the south eastern edge of the country. The "heel of the boot" of Italy provides many who come here with a variety of experiences for each of the senses. Natural scenery, remnants of cultures thousands of years old, an eclectic array of cuisines, each set in motion by the many people that have inhabited this area over the years all call you to
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Sant'Agata di Puglia.   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
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Trulli of Puglia You won't need anyone to tell you when you arrive in Puglia's Itria Valley. You'll know you're there when you see mysterious stone buildings with conical roofs suddenly appearing everywhere you look. You might need to remind yourself that you haven't suddenly entered a fairy tale land peppered with miniature castles. Instead, you will see for yourself what a growing number of travellers are coming to discover: the Trulli. Although they can be found all over the Itria Valley
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Puglia   Apulia or Puglia is a long, slender region with a vast stretch of sun-baked coastline. Apulia's southernmost tip, the Salento peninsula, forms the heel of the Italian boot. Apulia is bordered on the northwest by Molise and its western border is with Campania and Basilicata. Apulia consists of rolling plains and gentle uplands, sources of grain and the nation's largest volumes of wine and olive oil. Apulia's most prominent geographical feature is the Gargano peninsula, which