The SO-CALLED the heel of Italy, the Puglia region (formerly known as Apulia) is situated in a strategic location in the heart of the Mediterranean, occupying the extreme southeastern tip of the country. Surrounded on two sides by the Adriatic and Ionian Sea, spanning the Puglia for 800 km of coastline, is a long strip of land that extends from the border with Molise to the north, to Cape Santa Maria di Leuca in the south. In its territory you will find some of the finest examples of Baroque architecture in Italy, charming towns steeped in history, mysterious caves and monuments, a landscape dotted with ancient Neolithic and Greek archaeological sites, the famous Trulli and a long coastline varied, with cliffs at depths of colorful and kilometers of sandy golden beaches, cascading into crystal clear water. It is that the region occupies a strategic corner of Italy, over the centuries many civilizations have settled and alternated, from early native inhabitants: the Messapi, to the ancient Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Normans, Swabians, Angevins and Aragonese. Each civilization has left on its territory along valuable evidence of history and diverse culture, with priceless artifacts unearthed in archaeological excavations and numerous artistic and architectural treasures: menhir, stone churches, medieval castles, baroque and Romanesque cathedrals, palaces and historic houses, charming villages and cities, charming farms and houses, an exceptional heritage which must be added the three UNESCO sites: Castel del Monte, the mysterious castle of the Emperor Frederick II, near Andria; the trulli of Alberobello, features stone buildings dry, unique in the world; the Shrine of St. Michael the Archangel in Monte Sant'Angelo, a masterpiece of medieval art and international destination of pilgrimage; make this region one of the most beautiful and diverse in all of Italy.
In addition to beautiful scenery, the authentic Puglia is appreciated even at the table. Food and wine from Puglia is an explosion of flavors of excellence that makes it one of the leading regions in the gastronomic field. The secret is in the ingredients, genuine, as the so-called "Green Gold" the 'extra virgin olive oil (of which Puglia is the first region in Italy for production) fine wines, fish and dairy products, cereal production with the best production of pasta and bread (there are more than 100 types of bread in the only area of Salento) fruit and vegetables.
In Puglia the quality of life is excellent and the weather for much of the year very mild. In all seasons, there are countless events that enliven the area, such as festivals and international events, becoming in recent years to many famous directors and stars, a perfect movie set well established.
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