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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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 exponentially. That is why, whenever you get the chance, take in a sea side city when you are in this beautiful country. Barletta is one such city.
Bari, Italy, 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 of 1,551,331 as of 2001.
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 also connects with Naples by roadway.
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.