Puglia or Apulia is a region in Italy located on the Southern coast and including the high heel area of the country. Encompassing an area of almost 7,500 square miles, its capital city is Bari. A strategic area of importance, Puglia was, for hundreds of years, conquered, lost and conquered again. Today, the fighting may have ceased, but the desire to see and be in this part of Italy has not waned. Millions of tourists from around the world come to Puglia to enjoy the beautiful sea and the almost continuous sunshine common to the region. From olive groves to sun bleached coasts, quaint coastal towns to bustling city centers, Island Trader Vacations reviews and welcomes you to review with us, the heel of Italy, Puglia, a top destination for travel.
What makes this part of the country great is that it is available for everyone. From five star resorts to hostels and B&Bs, fitting almost any budget, to Michelin Star restaurants or quaint streetside vendors, all serving local grown foods and wines to the region, Puglia has it all. What to see and do includes a wide variety of interests including natural areas to beaches to Basilica’s dating back over 1000 years, plazas visited by residents for hundreds of years as well as theaters, clubs, museums, galleries and more.
Valle d’Itria is a popular area for visitors. A plain located in the center of Puglia, this area is filled with groves filled with olives, vineyards covered in grapes and home to picturesque towns many of which are named for their importance as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Visitors here often enjoy local food and wine, day trips including zoos and parks and even caves.
The Salento Peninsula is another popular region of Puglia. The southernmost part of the heel of Italy, Salento begins where the Valle d’Itria ends. Salento is known for its beautiful small towns and villages and its seaside destinations. Diverse indeed, Salento offers both the sleek sophistication of bustling cities and seaside resorts to small towns which are lesser known but offer a different take on the region. Like many other parts of the region the Salento is known for its agriculture but it is also known as home to some of the most popular and beautiful beaches as well.
Whether you are looking for a beach to offer views unique to Italy or culture and history found only in the heart of its small towns, the options are diverse. Island Trader Vacations reviews top destinations and areas to help you become a more informed traveler and make the most of your journeys.