De Puglia regio
Apulia (Puglia in Italian) is a region in South-eastern Italy, northwest of and including the heel of the Boot of Italy, located on the Adriatic Sea (Channel of Otranto) and the Ionian Sea (including Gulf of Taranto) on about 80 kilometres from the coast of Albania. Apulia is the most eastern region of Italy. The capital is Bari.
Apulia is the main producer of olives in Italy. In the southernmost part of Apulia, a lot of grapes for wine are grown in the Salento region, including the famous Negroamaro and Primitivo. This makes Apulia one of the most important wine regions in Italy.
The tourist centre of the region lies in the far north: the Gargano peninsula. Here lie the seaside resorts Vieste, Peschici and Mattinata. The densely wooded inland has the status of a national park. Another popular seaside resort is Gallipoli on the Ionian Sea. The most important art city in the region is Lecce, which can be considered one of the most important baroque cities in the world.
Located southwest of the regional capital Bari is Alberobello with its special trulli. These white round houses with their conical roofs have given the place a lot of attention.
The inlands located on the border with the region of Basilicata, the Murge is wild, bare and very sparsely populated. The coastal strip between Barletta and Brindisi is the most densely populated part of Apulia and heavily industrialized. The most interesting cities here are: Trani, Giovinazzo and Bisceglie.
On a hilltop in Andria, the best-known building of the region is situated; the octagonal castle of Castel del Monte depicted on the Italian 1-euro cent. The originally Greek city of Taranto is an important military port and industrial city. To the north of the city there are several gorges, the so-called Gravine. Massafra and Gravina in Puglia are located at such gorges, here you can find ancient rock homes.
Our base of operations is located in Ostuni. This is an Italian city in the Apulia region, in the province of Brindisi. The city rises on a hill, eight kilometres from the Adriatic coast and can be seen from a great distance. The city's nickname is Città Bianca because of the white colour of the city. At the highest point of the city you can find the brown cathedral with its colourful majolica dome. From this point one has a magnificent view over the descending land and the clear blue Adriatic Sea.
The city is surrounded by huge olive plantations where the characteristic trulli stand with their conical roofs.
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