APULIA “The heel of Italy's boot"                Also known as "Le Puglie" in the plural form, this region contains, in fact, many souls. Apulia is a charming region that can be visited all year round...

and is suspended among nature, history, tradition, tastes and spirituality. Not only sea, trulli (cylindrical houses with conical roofs), farms and olive trees. Puglia is a region of at and vulture, studded with hidden treasures. Castellana Caves, discovered in 1938, are a major attraction of Puglia. The Castellana Caves are unique to the spectacularity of the natural galleries and the prodigious wealth of crystalline concretions.
Alberobello in Puglia, with its Trulli is one of the most beautiful villages and a World Heritage Site, protected by UNESCO since 1996, because of its 1400 trulli.
The name derives from the late greek τρούλος, or "dome" and indicates the ancient buildings conical dry stone of prehistoric origin. The stone used for the buildings was obtained from the limestone plateau of the Murgia.

BARI:
old looks like a country in itself, where it is easy to come across old ladies on the house, work the pasta and leave to dry out the orecchiette pasta, on the frames.
They feel intense aromas, those of a good coffee made with mocha or those stronger than "ciambotto" dialect is to the mixture, the famous fish sauce obtained from the mix of more specialties.
Here the past is intertwined with this new ambitious cultural projects, which make a city BARI progress.
Along the perimeter wall of the old part, it finds the majestic CASTLE built by Frederick II of Swabia, with a large courtyard, now a place of shows and events. A splendid example of Apulian Romanesque architecture is the great BASILICA OF SAN NICOLA, which holds the remains of the famous Santo.
The second most important church in Bari is the CATHEDRAL, flanked by a tall bell tower and built on a previous ancient buildings.
The new city, built by Gioacchino Murat, is crossed by the main shopping streets like Corso Cavour, where the famous Teatro Petruzzelli, the temple of opera in BARI.

 

NEAR BARI

The southern part of the province meets the hem of splendid ITRIA VALLEY, known as the land of TRULLI ALBEROBELLO  is certainly home to these features conical buildings symbol of Apulia, enough to be declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco.

TRULLI today, in strict respect of the ancient tradition, have been equipped with modern comforts and represent an original alternative to the classic hotel rooms to spend their holidays.

Nearby there LOCOROTONDO, white village perched on a rocky outcrop from which dominates the beautiful landscape of the valley, in the spring, is transformed into an explosion of colors and scents. A patchwork of vineyards, olive groves, forests and crops, with white stone walls delineate the contours and small clusters of trulli and interrupting its continuity.

Do not miss: The patient work of an ancient river created the largest karst complex in Italy, CASTELLANA CAVES, located in the heart of the Murgia. Beautiful stalactites and stalagmites, scattered between long tunnels and large caves, form a scenario full of charm and mystery, fueled by a play of light and shadow.

In Apulia littered with treasures Frederick, one can not help but visit CASTEL DEL MONTE, jewel of architecture and mystery: after centuries no study has been able to determine with certainty the scope of that, due to various astrological convergences and math, it seems not only to be a palace of hunting or a court culture.

In 1996 UNESCO included it in the list of World Heritage Sites by the astronomical and mathematical rigor of its shapes and for the harmonious union of cultural elements from northern Europe, the Muslim world and classical antiquity, a typical example of architecture medieval military.



LECCE   
Lecce and its province, often identified as Salento, the heel of Italy, stretching between two seas, the Adriatic and the Ionian, where high cliffs, sculpted by the sea, alternate with sandy beaches, green stretches of the Mediterranean Sea and pristine crystal clear.
A journey into the land of Lecce ranges from prehistoric atmospheres for signs of civilization rock, from medieval architecture to the masterpiece of Baroque art, from the ancient traditions to the skill of master craftsmen. All seasoned with intense flavors and genuine, given away by this generous land and the love of man.
The presence of two seas, makes this part of Puglia a true paradise for those who want a holiday of sun, relaxation and fun.
The gastronomic offer is as varied as the landscape: oils, wines, cheeses, vegetables, fresh pasta recall the good flavors of the past, obtained thanks to the craftsmanship of the raw materials.

FOGGIA
The province of Foggia, also called Capitanata or Daunia, is the northernmost province of Puglia.The eastern area is occupied by the promontory of Gargano, the "spur of the boot" and the beautiful Tremiti Islands.
But the charm of the hinterland continues to impress. The Tableland, the largest plain in southern Italy, with its wide expanses of wheat, in the summer, shine under the sun's rays, and are interrupted only when they encounter the heights of the mountains Dauni, sometimes covered with green forests: a landscape singular fascination with colors, scents and sounds now partly forgotten.
A land rich in history, told by archaeological excavations have brought to light the signs of the first settlements, by imposing medieval castles and many buildings religiosi.Una crafted kitchen and genuine brighten the journey in the province of Foggia.


MATERA & BASILICATA
Ancient habitations dug into the tuff rock of a chalky plateau open up around a hollow, the Gravina di Matera, traversed by a torrent that flows in this spectacular and unique city in the Region of Basilicata. Roofs by turns become the foundations for new habitations on the levels overhead. A dense lattice of narrow streets and alleyways fill up with the lights of the evening, giving off the impression that one is strolling through a Nativity scene of papier-mâché. This is Matera, European Capital of Culture 2019, where the Rupestrian churches and uber-famous Sassi – the very peculiar settlements carved into the rock – were named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993.
A walk through Matera’s historic center will transport visitors back into a past long-forgotten. The zone was already inhabited during the Paleolithic Era, when the first settlements were established in these calcarenite grottoes. Here the human ecosystem has been perfectly incorporated into the outlying natural environment, and has perpetuated throughout the centuries. The settlements have undergone various adaptations in each of the diverse historical epochs, from the first subterranean dwellings, to the sophisticated urban structures that followed, built with the materials extracted from the local rock – thus, they are an excellent example of the right use of natural resources.

The terrain around Matera, so evocative as to earn the nickname “The Second Bethlehem,” has impressed writers, artists and directors for centuries; you may recall that Mel Gibson chose to film The Passion of the Christ here
The Stones are a place where time and space merge magically. A natural spectacle, but also a scenario in which, thanks to the work of man, you can read the history, eras, events.
The Sassi are a maze of houses, tunnels, churches, caves, buildings huddled together, to take advantage of every inch of space and to meet basic needs such as the collection and channeling of rainwater ..
The Sassi are a "crib in the manger" and conquer, inevitably, tourists and lovers of different sensitivity, such as those who have a passion for photography.

THE SOUTH
Southern Italy will donate a holiday of joy, thanks to the luminosity and spontaneity of the population.
Where to taste the dishes of Mediterranean cuisine, in suggestive historical and artistic contexts.
Enjoy beautiful sunsets on beaches that seem earthly paradises, lapped by crystal clear seas.