Travel guide Puglia and Basilicata

Apulia, south-east of Italy, offers a variety of landscapes, sandy beaches and crystal clear waters, picturesque villages, fields of secular olive trees, traditions, castles and baroque-style cities. Its green hills sometimes slope into white sandy beaches towards the blue waters of the Adriatic sea, other times they become abrupt cliffs standing out of the emerald green Ionic sea. Apulia is today considered as one of the most beautiful destinations in Europe, other see it as the new Tuscany.
Important commercial city of south Italy, oriental warm and cheerful, Bari is also a city full of history and rich in monuments and churches. The winding narrow streets of the historic centre, also known as Barivecchia, with its dialect, the habits, the festivity, its vestigia and scars from the various dominations such as Byzantine, Norman, Swabian, Angevin and Aragonese will make you discover a city rich in traditions. In the Barivecchia, women carry on at their front door the culinary tradition of making the legendary orecchiette, a special pasta shape typical of Bari.
Around Bari
Trani, an esteemed seaside resort, hides behind its modern buildings a city centre and monuments that remind of a particularly rich middle age. The roadstead of the tiny harbour and the white and ochre facades make up a truly pitoresque lansdcape. In the old city centre, you'll find several narrow roads and lively piazzas. The beautiful cathedral stands up alone at the edge of the harbour, almost skimming the water.
Not to miss: Polignano a mare, perched on a cliff falling sheer to the sea, is one of the typical villages of the coast of Bari. Gravina in Puglia, Minervo Murge, Altamura well known for its traditional bread, the castle of Casteldelmonte, the Duomo of Molfetta, the cathedrals of Bisceglie and Bitonto, Castellana caves, Fasano and its "Selva", the Murgia withs its landscapes drawing cliffs, gorges and caves, the city of Monopoli, last fishing port along the coast before Brindisi, still keeping its old style thanks to the medieval roads of the historic centre protected by the castle strategically placed on the sea front.

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VISIT The region of Puglia is very long and narrow. It extends to the north from the Peninsula of Gargano to the extreme south point of Santa Maria di Leuca. The landscapes are punctuated by a series of high cliffs in Gargano area, long beaches, dunes covered with wild Mediterranean vegetation in Ostuni, natural reserve in Torre Guaceto to fine sandy beaches in the laghi alimini near Otranto. GETTING ABOUT Renting a car is always a good way to visit the region, and discover its secrets as the public transport system is not very efficient. Nevertheless several bicycle itineraries are in place to allow the discovery of the land of the olive-trees under a different point of view. Most of the accommodations leave some bicycles at disposal of the guests.
GETTING THERE By plane: Airports of Bari, Brindisi
By train: Station of Bari Centrale