Puglia – Discovering seaside villages, the Salento baroque and the typical Trulli

Puglia is the heel of Italy, a land of ancient traditions, a crossroads of civilizations, a meeting point between East and West. There are many places to visit and to get an idea of what this region can offer, it is good to visit it, perhaps in stages.

  • Monte Sant’Angelo:

one of the most important historical centers in all of Puglia and the south, is perched on the southern slope of the Gargano Promontory at an altitude of almost 800 meters. Among the religious architectures found in Monte Sant’Angelo, the most significant and important is certainly the Sanctuary of San Michele Arcangelo which in 2011 was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

  • Alta Murgia National Park:

it is located between the municipalities of Bari, Barletta, Andria and Trani. This is an area of almost 70,000 hectares, characterized by karst cavities, rocky paths, sinkholes, and extensive areas of cultivation and pasture. There are many places to visit within the Alta Murgia National Park such as Castel del Monte and Pulo di Altamura (a deep chasm with a diameter of 500 meters, the largest karst sinkhole in Alta Murgia).

  • Santa Maria di Leuca:

Santa Maria di Leuca with its limpid and crystalline sea and the caves that line the coast, is undoubtedly one of the most evocative and fascinating places in the whole region. According to the legend, St. Peter passed through here during his journey of evangelization, and it was also the first landing place for Aeneas. Of particular importance, in the territory of Tricase, it is possible to admire the Mother Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Finally, do not miss a view of the Cazzafri: at sunset the three caves are colored with light.

  • Altamura:

the city of Altamura is known above all for its archaeological heritage and for the architectural beauties of its historic center. Religious and historical symbol of the city of is the Romanesque-style cathedral , dedicated to the Assumption. Of the cathedral, what most attracts the attention of visitors is its portal, in Gothic style, rich in decorations and sculptures, and the arches on which 22 scenes depicting the life of Christ are carved. But the beauties of Puglia do not end here, not to be missed are:

it is the birthplace of Domenico Modugno and the monument at the top of the “Volare” staircase is dedicated to the famous singer, which leads to the most popular cliff in the town. The most famous beach is that of Lama Monachile. The latter  takes its name from the ancient bridge of Roman origin that overlooks it, a small pebble bay set between limestone cliffs in which numerous caves open up. Another obligatory stop is the one at the abbey of San Vito, the Benedictine abbey built close to the marina and directly overlooking the sea.

known as the “capital of the trulli”, the oldest trulli in Alberobello date back to the 14th century. The visit of Alberobello should start from the Belvedere: from here you can admire, in all its singularity, this unique architectural ensemble in the world. More than 1000 trulli of the Rione Monti lined up slightly uphill to form a village with a magical atmosphere. Also not to be missed are: the Siamese Trulli, or two trulli joined by the same roof and the characteristic Trullo Church.

born as a fishing village, Monopoli has become a beloved and desired tourist destination all over the world. The city overlooks the Adriatic Sea and is characterized by a beautiful old town built around a port. Piazza Garibaldi, also known as the Piazza dei Mercanti due to the presence of many small shops, is the heart of the city. In the square there is the Clock Tower with the small bell tower, very particular, above all for the presence of the ” infamous column “, where those who suffered public punishment were tied. (click here to discover our programming).

the easternmost country of Italy, is a charming seaside town located in a truly unique area, Salento . This is authentic Puglia , where beaches alternate with splendid nature. The center of Otranto is fascinating and unique and a must see: the white houses, one on top of the other, overlook a maze of cobbled streets between clothes hanging, craft shops and historical activities. But it is at sunset that the colors of the center of Otranto become truly unique, all to be admired. (click here to discover a fantastic itinerary) You can admire the wonders described above, in our GO IN ITALY program – click here to discover it.

 

Viaggi in Puglia
Puglia – Alberobello

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