Apulia, with the green landscape, the beautiful beaches, and the important archeological sites, is the ideal destination for many people, with any interest and any passion.
Moreover, it’s one of the biggest regions in Italy, collecting different cultures, art styles, and even dialects: for this reason, it can be difficult to choose the perfect place for your stay.
In this article, you will find all the information you need to know if you are going to Apulia for the first time, a guide on what to visit and what to eat.
Itria Valley is located in the center of Apulia, between Ostuni and Putignano and it’s one of the most suggestive places in the region. It’s characterized by fields of olive trees, vineyards, woods, and important archeological sites.
Trulli are typical Apulian buildings that are hundreds of years old. They were built by farmers, as they were easily removable in case you had to work on another field. They are made of dry stones, with a cylindrical plant and conic rooftop.
Trulli are unique buildings, the only place where you can admire this particular construction is Apulia.
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The towns of the Itria Valley
Every town of the Itria Valley has its own peculiarity that makes it unique, but there are some that even got important recognition by UNESCO.
Alberobello is famous for its Trulli, the city where this type of construction is spread. It has become a UNESCO Heritage Site due to its historical and architectural relevance.
Another place to visit is Ostuni, also called the white city, because of the color of its buildings. All the homes and buildings in the city are white, as they are covered with lime.
Castellana caves are underground cavities of karst origin that spread for over 3km under the east border of the Itria Valley. There is also a museum where you can learn everything about minerals and how these caves originated.
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Bari is the main city in Apulia and a fantastic place, full of history, art, culture and good cuisine. The city is characterized by a particular historical center, where you can find artisan shops, typical restaurants, and everything that makes this city unique.
Bari Vecchia is the name of the historical center of the city, where you can find the authentic Apulian spirit as well as the main attractions.
Firstly, there is the Basilica of San Nicola, the patron saint of the city. It is a church in Romanesque style and also a point of contact between Catholic and Orthodox Christians, as the relics of the saint are kept.
Secondly, you have to visit the Norman-Swabian Castle, which was built by Normans and then expanded by Friedrich II of Swabia. It represents a very important example of Medieval architecture. Lastly, there is Piazza Mercantile, one of the most important in the city, where the mundane life of Bari takes place, with all the restaurants and bars.
Teatro Petruzzelli is one of the biggest theaters in Italy and the biggest private one in Europe. It hosts many important events as well as cultural activities, and it can host 1500 people inside.
The beaches near Bari
Apulian beaches are among the most famous in Italy, thanks to their crystal-clear water and the beautiful landscape. Near Bari, there are many beautiful beaches, such as Polignano a Mare, which is not that far from the city, as well as Monopoli and Giovinazzo.
Typical Apulian Food
Food lovers won’t be disappointed by Apulia: the culinary tradition of this region is among the most famous and most loved ones in Italy and abroad. The basic ingredients are the ones offered by the territory, and they are cooked in various ways.
You absolutely have to try orecchiette with turnip greens, which are the symbol of the Apulian cuisine, as well as the prosciutto capocollo of Martina Franca. Moreover, you can also try taralli, another symbol of Apulia, and burrata, a special kind of cheese similar to mozzarella.
May 17th, 2021