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Stretching from the Gargano peninsula to the heel of the Italian boot, Puglia also known by its Roman name of Apulia, is a unique part of Italy, just begging to be explored.
An unspoilt landscape dotted with whitewashed villages, rolling hillsides strewn with ancient castles and sandy beaches edged by rocky mountain ranges that sweep down to the Adriatic Sea, Puglia really is a beautiful and unique holiday destination. One of its most striking features is its trulli - old whitewashed stone buildings with conical roofs.
This is an ideal destination for anyone seeking to avoid the hustle and bustle of the busier Italian resorts and escape to a more secluded region where tradition and warm hospitality are a way of life.
Regarded as the Garden of Italy, Puglia is an important producer of olive oil, pasta and wine and the region positively celebrates food. Cycling is also a popular pastime and there are certainly plenty of views to admire whether you explore the landscape on two wheels, drive through it on four, or simply relax in the grounds of your hotel and enjoy the beautiful surroundings.
Martina Franca is in the heart of Puglia. Life revolves around its lovely historic centre- a memorable maze of winding alleys where whitewashed simplicity sits side by side with baroque extravagance. The town is built on a hill in the green Valle d'Itria which is the trulli area of Puglia and is regarded as an incredibly photogenic town, so ensure your camera is at the ready!
Bari is Pugliaâs vibrant capital and combines modern and historic in harmonious balance. It is home to a large university which certainly brings youth and a lively quality to the area as well as a bustling nightlife. But the area has historical charm in spades too. Its beautiful old town is filled with narrow winding streets and features the âBasilica di San Nicolaâ as well as a beautiful castle, churches and monuments, each with their own stories to tell.