Pglia (or Apulia in English) is the the heel of the Italian boot. Traditionally not many tourists made it this far and some of those who went there, jut did so to take the boat to Greece.

Yet Puglia has many things to offer. Bari is Puglia’s largest city a town and boasts a long history and many sights where you easily spend a day or two. It is also a perfect starting points for seeing some of the charming villages of the hinterland. There are some good beaches and there is Lecce, a magnificent jewel of baroque architecture, constructed in yellow stone and marvellously preserved. Great ice cream and coffee in the main square. The houses of Alberobello are a unique sight in Italy – they look like big mushrooms.

Also visit the Itraia valley and hill towns in the area such as the baroque and unspoiled Martina Franca, whitewashed Cisternino, Locorotobdo and Ostuni.

Further South is Otranto. The old town centre is the first compulsory stop to discover beautiful spots and views striking for the southern aspect of the houses, painted in bright colors and enclosed in the wall fortifications overlooking the south bank of the harbor. There are also interesting walks along cobbled lanes where it is possible to buy typical handicrafts in terra-cotta and leccese stone.

In the north the Gargano Massif has some of the best beaches as well the Foresta Umbra the only old-growth stands. Just off the coast are the Tremiti islands a great get away but bring your own food. They are best reached from Termoli in Molise or from Rodi Garganico or Vieste. And Brindisi. Well Brindisi is a good place to take a ferry to somewhere else and that’s all we will say about it.

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