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Apulia comprises the heel of Italy’s foot-shaped land as well as each of the provinces that touch the Adriatic Sea up to Foggia, the region’s least densely populated province. Apulia is home to 500 miles (800 kilometers) of coastline. The cultural heritage of this area is incredible, and archaeologists love it here. Apulia has had many rulers, including Mycenaean and Ancient Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Normans and Turks. In 1861, it became part of the newly formed Kingdom of Italy.
Apulia Weather: Bari, the capital of Apulia, gets up to 29 degrees Celsius (85 degrees Fahrenheit) on average in July and August. The average high temperature in January, Bari’s coldest month, is 13 degrees Celsius (55 degrees Fahrenheit).
Regional Cuisine of Apulia: extra virgin olive oil, fruit, seafood, vegetables, wheat
Regional Wines of Apulia: Primitivo di Manduria, Salice Salentino, Nero di Troia
Things to Do in Apulia: Basilica di Santa Caterina d’Alessandria, Museo Faggiano di Lecce
Where is Apulia? Bari, a centrally located city within Apulia, is situated 285 miles (460 kilometers) southeast of Rome.
Thinking about a holiday in Apulia this summer? Every year there’s so many events to choose from. Here’s my top 5:
Although the seductive lure of trulli attracted me to Apulia, I found so much more once I arrived. I know that this may sound strange, but once I saw those whitewashed huts with fascinating symbols imprinted on their conical roofs on a travel show, I had to go and see them myself. It was such an amazing experience to actually walk the streets of Alberobello and step inside those incredible structures, and the people who I met there were so friendly.
I enjoyed traveling throughout the entire region so much. Apulia was also a great place for me to experience Italy for the first time since foreign tourists have not yet discovered this incredibly picturesque area en masse. This allowed me to experience Italy at its essence.
Absolutely! Once I satisfied my interest in trulli and wanted to see what else Apulia has to offer, I rented a bicycle and set out. This region of Italy is so beautiful, and bicycling is the perfect way to explore it. It is also one of the flattest parts of the country, so riders of all abilities will be able to explore at length here. Its quiet agricultural roads are especially relaxing and peaceful. Guided bike tours are also readily available for those who want to explore in a group led by an experienced local.
Insider Tip: Bicycle enthusiasts will want to consider going to Brindisi in Bicicletta. This is a family-friendly event that takes place every May.
The Apulia region like most of the mysterious Southern Italy is steeped in folklore and there’s no better way of visiting this magical place than discovering its folklore and time honored traditions. If you go there during the summer, you can be sure to find a festival or sagra, even in the smallest village. Here are three big folk festivals that won’t disappoint.
Fun Fact: Apulia produces more than 40 percent of Italy? olive oil.
Local Dish: Needless to say, locals enjoy eating pasta with olive oil. However, seafood also plays a major role in dishes, and the food here is influenced by Greek and other nearby cultures.
Famous Locals: Rudolph Valentino, Pope Benedict XIII, Aldo Moro, Antonio Cassano
Locals Love: Locals enjoy growing their own food and doing their own cooking, and many are willing to share with a friendly traveler.
It depends. Although summer is absolutely spectacular and you will be joined at this time by the many Italian tourists who know how wonderful this place is, traveling to Apulia during the winter is pretty fun as well. I know that when I visited in December, the food tasted better. It turns out that fish is fresher during this time of year, and portion sizes tend to be larger because restaurants and other eateries found here are not as busy. Local farms are also more apt to welcome and engage visitors during this time of the year. Although summer accommodations are already affordable here, the prices are considerably lower during the winter months.
I have to admit that I have never been a huge fan of "going to the beach". I mostly went there as a favor to my kids. But my trip to Apulia has changed my mind! For the first time I really enjoyed my beach holidays. Why?
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