The long and narrow province in the south of Italy extends from the Gargano peninsula in the north to the Salento peninsula in the south. In between, fertile land spreads, which is partly flat, partly hilly. There is hardly anything that is not grown in Apulia. Half of the Italian olive oil is produced here, as well as strong red wines. In addition, tobacco, wheat, tropical fruits, almonds and figs are grown on a large scale. The cities are unique and unmistakable – especially Bari, a challenge all your senses. Peoples from all directions have left their mark: Greeks and Carthaginians, Jews and Arabs, Hohenstaufen and Normans.
Fine sands, azure waters
The beach of Ginosa Marina with its fine sand and turquoise waters has been awarded for several years in a row, with the blue flag, which is the highest award for water quality. The dunes in the hinterland are covered with crippled pines for kilometers. Nearby, approximately on the border between Puglia and Basilicata is a small lake, the Salinella, which attracts numerous waterfowl.
Stone house with a conical roof
Trulli are small stone dwellings with a conical roof seen throughout Apulia, which were made of limestone slabs held together without mortar. The construction style allegedly originated in the 17th century when a count ordered his serfs to construct drywall dwellings that would not classify as houses and thus not be subject to taxation. A large collection of trulli can be found in the town of Alberobello, a World Heritage Site and popular tourist attraction.
Narrow old town, pretty harbor
The lively town with 40,000 inhabitants has been founded during the period of classical antiquity. The name (mone polis = only city) still sounds Greek. In addition to the narrow old town with clotheslines over narrow streets, there is a picturesque harbor, over which towers the mighty fortress of 1522. In the Cathedral of Maria Santissima della Madia, just behind the choir, you will notice an icon carved in Cyprus in 1208, which has been doing wonders every now and then.