What to see in Puglia: 10 unmissable things

Let’s take a tour of one of the most beautiful regions of Southern Italy: Puglia. Let’s discover together 10 unmissable stages of this unique land.

Puglia is a region rich in art and culture. In fact, its monuments are numerous, testifying to an ancient and well-stratified history. But Puglia is also a region of countless natural and landscape beauties, a prosperous and fertile land that can also boast an illustrious gastronomic tradition. Follow us, then, in our new adventure. You will not regret it!

10. Bari: bulwark of medieval culture

Our trip to Puglia cannot but start from the regional capital, Bari . Absolutely not to be missed is the ancient heart of the city, Bari Vecchia , also known as the district of San Nicola. Here you can admire the Basilica of San Nicola, protector of the city, built starting from the 11th century and the Cathedral of San Sabino, founded in the 12th century. Two splendid examples of medieval architecture that worthily conclude our Apulian adventure.

9. The Gargano promontory: between sea and spirituality

Your trip to Puglia cannot be separated from a visit to the Gargano promontory, on the geographical map, the characteristic spur of the boot! The Gargano is famous for its seaside resorts, such as Peschici and Vieste , which offer an adamantine sea and modern tourist facilities. But the Gargano is also San Giovanni Rotondo , the medieval village linked to the mythical figure of San Pio da Pietrelcina.

8. Andria: Castel del Monte and Federico II

One of the most enchanting and evocative places in Puglia is certainly Castel del Monte in Andria , the octagonal fortress built in the 13th century by the Emperor Frederick the Second of Swabia. The suggestive stronghold, recognized as world heritage by Unesco, is one of the masterpieces of Gothic architecture and will surprise you with its “enigmatic power”!

7. Alberobello: the magic of the trulli

One of the most characteristic places in Puglia is certainly Alberobello , which has recently become part of the Unesco Heritage. The town is famous all over the world for its “trulli” , small houses built in limestone with a singular conical roof, a sort of cross between an igloo and a “mushroom”. A walk in Alberobello will make you breathe a fairytale and disenchanted atmosphere.

6. The Castellana Caves: for adventure lovers

Lovers of caving on holiday in Puglia , certainly cannot miss the wonderful spectacle of the Castellana caves , an ancient testimony of the karst phenomena that affect some areas of the Italian peninsula: the caves are approximately 90 million years old! So arm yourself with courage and transform yourself into Indiana Jones for a day!

5. Lecce: a journey through time

And now, here we are in Lecce , one of the richest cities in art and history in the region. Lecce is famous for its numerous examples of Baroque art : an example is the magnificent Basilica of Santa Croce , with its exuberant facade. But the city also offers many other attractions including the Cathedral and the Roman Amphitheater of the Augustan era, in Piazza Sant’Oronzo. So get ready for this journey through time!

4. Valle d’Itria: the valley of goodness

For lovers of nature and beautiful rural landscapes, the Itria Valley is certainly an unmissable destination. This fertile valley extends between the provinces of Taranto, Brindisi and Bari offering the visitor a flourishing vegetation, mostly composed of rich olive groves and luxuriant vineyards that produce high quality olive oil and white wine : two delights not to be missed!

3. Polignano a mare: land of history and music

An unmissable destination of the ideal tour in Puglia is the charming town of Polignano a Mare , in the province of Bari. And not only for the beauty of the sea, and for the different and varied cultures that over the centuries have embellished it with monuments and historical testimonies . But also because it is the homeland of Domenico Modugno , one of the greatest Italian singers, whose birthplace and the famous monument you can admire. Start “Flying”!

2. Ostuni: the city of limestone

The next stop on the Apulian itinerary is Ostuni , in the province of Brindisi, better known as the white city, due to the typical limestone houses that characterize the charming town. But Ostuni also offers a lively nightlife, animated by its many clubs and shops, and a large number of renowned hotels, obtained from the intelligent restoration of the ancient farms of the surrounding countryside.  

1. The Salento peninsula: for a dream vacation

For your trip to Puglia, an unmissable stop is certainly the enchanting peninsula of Salento , currently one of the favorite tourist destinations for young people. And how not to indulge in well-deserved relaxation on the splendid beaches of Otranto , Santa Maria di Leuca and Gallipoli ? A crystal clear sea awaits you for your dream vacation!

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