INTRODUCTION INTO PUGLIA

The heel of Italy’s boot, Puglia, extends for around 400km from the Gargano Peninsula in the north to Santa Maria di Leuca in the south. Puglia has 6 provinces, which are: Bari, Lecce, Brindisi, Foggia, Taranto and the BAT (Barletta-Adria-Trani) province. Its 800 km of coastline, sculpted over millennia by both the Adriatic Sea to the east and the Ionian Sea to the west, is dotted with magnificent beaches. Puglia’s towns and villages are wonderful variations in their architectural styles and atmospheres.

Puglia and Frederik II are inextricably linked. Frederick II ( 1194 – 1 1250) was the Holy Roman Emperor and King of Sicily, and a member of the House of Hohenstaufen. Called by a contemporary chronicler ‘Stupor Mundi’ (the wonder of the world), by Nietzsche the first European, and by many historians the first modern ruler – Frederick established in Sicily and southern Italy something very much like a modern, centrally governed kingdom with an efficient bureaucracy. No less important is Puglia’s excellent cuisine, humble by tradition, blessed by nature. With 60 million Olive trees, providing half of Italy’s Olive Oil (340 mln Olive trees in the Europe). Puglia is not polished like Tuscany, thank goodness, Michelin stars and dinner jackets are just not what happens here. The food is incredble. Simple but everything with 100% more colour, bite and taste. Home to the Baroque town of Lecce, the fortified Gallipoli and Otranto ports, white-washed Ostuni and the other white cities. Puglia has recently attracted much attention as one of Italy’s up and coming destinations. It is chic but authentic, traditional but contemporary. Puglia is Italy’s most southeastern region and we also feel that, as do many others, Puglia is Italy’s perfect vacation destination. If you have ever wondered why Italians do not travel for their holidays, Puglia is one of the reasons. Puglia is a culinary and wine destination and a gourmand’s paradise, perhaps only Piedmont can compare and remember with 60 million olive trees, Puglia provides half of Italy's olive oil (340 mln olive trees in the Europe)

2019 Update

Puglia has increased it tourism by 40% in 2 years in many facets of tourism. What does this mean and why might it affect you? With Puglia being one of the hottest destinations of course we advice coming sooner rather than later and to ensure you start speaking to us as soon as possible as the lodging we really like are tiny structures. Think 5/18 Rooms.

Highlights Continued

If you have ever wondered why Italians do not travel for their holidays, Puglia is one of the reasons

Manduria and Goia del Colle, the most important areas for Primitivo

Alimini Lakes on the Adriatic coast, and Porto Selvaggio on the Ionic coast

Salento the most southernly region of Puglia and Italy, not to be missed

Beautiful Baroque city of Lecce often called the Florence of the South

Trani is a Pugliese gem. Think of a mini St Tropez, Its Norman cathedral perched above the sea

Bari “Se Parigi avesse il mare, sarebbe una piccola Bari”, (if Paris had the sea, it would be a little Bari)

Bari is Puglia’s capital and one of the South’s most prosperous cities – with incredible seafood and vibe

Castel Del Monte the 13th-century citadel with geometric design built by Frederick II” and UNESCO protected

Polignano a Mare a stunning fishing village built on rocky limestone cliffs

Taranto the Aragonese Castle ‘Castel Sant’Angelo’ and the unmissable archaeological museum

Grottaglie the biggest centre in Puglia for the production of ceramics making ceramics for the popes for 700 years

Puglia is historically & current powerhouse of winemaking in Italy: combined with Sicily makes up 35% of Italy’s wine production

Alberobello Unesco World Heritage home to the Trulli and a superb restaurant

Martina Franca, Graceful baroque buildings airy piazzas in the heart of Valle d’Itria

Valle d’Itria, which is one of the largest canyons in Europe Famous for the Trullis

Locorotondo. Officially, it is one of the most beautiful villages in Italy also known for its wine production

Ostuni the white city overlooking the ancient olive groves and sea

Otranto was Italy’s main port to the Orient for a thousand years, King Minos and St. Peter are supposed to have visited

Gallipoli (from ‘beautiful town’ in Greek) is a medieval island in the Ionian Sea, also an important fishing center

The coast of Punta Pizzo, a natural mosaic of Mediterranean marquis, wetlands and marshes

Santa Maria di Leuca, sandy beaches of Felloniche,Torre Vado and Pescoluse are some of the best swimming to be had in Italy

Tremiti Archipelago are the five islands of the Tremiti Archipelago, a tiny paradise where history and nature merge perfectly

Gargano National Park It’s one of Italy’s most beautiful areas, white limestone cliffs, calcareous grottoes, sparkling sea, ancient forests

San Giovanni Rotondo and the historic pilgrimage destination of Monte Sant’Angelo and where the venerated Padre Pio worked

Vieste and Peschici “trabucchi”, structures built by fishermen from where they cast their nets, unique to the area

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The Weather of Puglia

CLIMATE

Puglia is characterized by a typical Mediterranean climate with mild winters and hot summers, which are usually dry in most of the region. The coastal stretches, thanks to the mitigating effect of the Adriatic and Ionian Sea, also have a typically maritime climate, with less pronounced seasonal variations in temperature.

WHEN TO GO

When is the best time to visit Puglia? Well, all in all, the temperature is pleasant all across the region and allows you to have your holiday both on the coasts and in the hinterland any time in the year, depending on what holiday you are looking for. In general, we recommend visiting Puglia between March and June and September when the temperature is perfect for any kind of activities and sports. Avoid July and August, as the temperatures are simply too high to do anything but lying at the beach.

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