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Guide to Puglia

GENERAL INFORMATION

Puglia for children

Puglia has plenty to offer children on holiday. See The Thinking Traveller's suggestions for fun children's activities!

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Apulia or Puglia

What's the difference between a rental villa in Apulia and a rental villa in Puglia? The Thinking Traveller has the answer!

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HISTORY OF PUGLIA

Frederick II the builder

Frederick II bequeathed an enormous architectural patrimony to the world, much of which is scattered across southern Italy. Follow his trail.

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GEOGRAPHY OF PUGLIA

The geography of Puglia

Puglia coastline is a mixture of white sand beaches and rocky coves, whereas its interior features endless rolling hills dotted with centuries old olive trees.

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The Salento

The Salento is home to some of Italy's loveliest towns and cities. Take a tour of the region with The Thinking Traveller.

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TOWNS AND CITIES

Alberobello

Guide and photos of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Alberobello and its unique trulli.

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Bari

Welcome to Bari, capital of Puglia, part of The Thinking Traveller's guide to Puglia

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Gallipoli

“Beautiful city”: that’s what Gallipoli means, and it certainly lives up to its name! The walled island city of Gallipoli is one of the jewels of Italy's heel.

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Lecce

Lecce is one of the jewels of 18th century southern European Baroque architecture. Ornate facades adorn richly decorated buildings throughout this UNESCO protected Puglian city.

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Locorotondo

Locorotondo is one of Puglia's prettiest towns with a proudly conserved, easily-walkable centre and a calm, laid-back atmosphere.

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Martina Franca

An exploration of the lovely Valle d’Itria (trulli country!) would not be complete without a visit to Martina Franca, the largest town in the area.

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Monopoli

Monopoli is a lovely town for a day trip. Find out what to visit whilst there.

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Ostuni

Ostuni has long been an awe-inspiring site for those travelling across Puglia. See why...

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Otranto

Otranto has a lot to offer: History, architecture, views, sea-front restaurants and white sandy beaches make it one of Puglia's most interesting towns.

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Trani

A guide to Trani in Puglia, with its stunning castle, cathedral and port

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ALL THINGS PUGLIAN

The Pizzica Pizzica

A dance shrouded in myth and legend that dates back many hundreds if not thousands of years. Learn about the Pizzica Pizzica...

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Trulli

What signals your arrival in Puglia is the sight of a trullo, the unique conical constructions found in the southern Murgia area of the peninsula.

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Masserie

Alongside trulli, Puglia's most characteristic buildings are masserie. Rent some of the very finest with The Thinking Traveller.

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FOOD AND WINE IN PUGLIA

Food in Puglia

The varied and wholesome food and cuisine of the Italian region of Puglia is based on simple and natural recipes passed down through the generations.

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Puglian recipes

Puglia's cuisine is deeply steeped in the region's agricultural tradition and an instinct for self-sufficiency so many of the representative dishes have their origins in "cucina povera".

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Wine in Puglia

If Italy is the largest producer of wine in the world, it is largely thanks to Puglia, which produces more than any other region.

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