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Unvisited Apulia with Globus

Apulia, known by a more modern name of Puglia, a region that rests on the “heel” of Italy. Like the other great cities of Italy, those in this region are steeped in rich history and ancient towns. Though, it is less of a tourist destination, which makes it a good destination for lovers of Italy who want to avoid large crowds. With a hint of Greece, the Apulia region is a perfect getaway for the traveler. Today, thanks to Globus & Cosmos, we’ll be looking at cities and alluring attractions located around Apulia.

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  • Apulia’s location along the Mediterranean, where the Adriatic and Ionio seas meet, gives it the perfect climate, with hot and dry summers and mild winters. As it is a peninsula, beaches and rivieras are plentiful. Cuisine in this region is an important part of culture, like the rest of Italy. The local ingredients include olive oil, artichokes, tomatoes, aubergine, asparagus, and mushrooms.

 

 

  • Once called “the most beautiful city in Italy” by world traveler Thomas Ashe, Lecce is also known as the “Florence of the South” by some. The white-washed lecce stone stands in contrast to the nearby turquoise waters of the Adriatic Sea. The traveler can find many examples of Baroque architecture for the 17th century in the historic city centre. In fact, its affinity for Greek culture has mixed with Baroque style to create a new a new classification called ‘baracco lecce’ (Lecce baroque). The city is known for its production of olive oil and, like the rest of the Apulia region, red wine. Three gates stand at different entrances to the city centre, portals to the history of the remnants of ancient civilizations: the Triumphal Arch, St. Blaise Gate, and the porta Rudiae. Of these, the Triumphal Arch is the most well-known. It was built in the 16th century, and is a grandeur portal into the history of an amazing city. Some of the main attractions in Lecce are located adjacent to the Piazza del Duomo. Directly in the center of Lecce is the Duomo di Lecce (Lecce Cathedral), the entrance an unforgettable sight and considered by many to be a masterpiece of Baroque art. The interior of the cathedral is columned with vaulted ceiling, an awe-inspiring sight. While the altar is made of marble and gold-plated bronze, an addition to the allure of this magnificent church. A tower rises out of cathedral, and into the sky for four floors. The Bell Tower can be climbed to the top for a fantastic view of the city, Adriatic Sea, and even the mountains of Albania on the horizon.

 

 

  • Also, in the Apulia region of Italy is Gargano, a highland and mountainous area that terminates at the very end of the “heel”, directly into the Adriatic Sea. Here the traveler will find the Gargano National Park, which is in the Foggia province within Apulia. Cliffs drop off into the bluest of seas. The last remnants of an ancient forest of oak and beech trees, the Umbra Forest, that used to cover most of Central Europe survives to this day. The highest point in Gargano is 3,494 ft. (1,065 m). This area also has the oldest shrine in Western Europe, dedicated to the archangel Michael. If the natural settings of this exotic area were not enough, you can also find many beaches and resorts to spend your days relaxing in the calm Mediterranean climate.

 

 

  • Torre dell’Orso is a seaside resort area of Salento, in the province of Lecce. The waters of Torre dell’Orso has been awarded the Blue Flag of Europe, an award given to the area for its transparency and cleanliness. The white sand beaches have nearby white cliffs as amazing scenery. An interesting stopover while on the Torre dell’Orso coast is the Grotte della Poesia (Caves of Poetry), a 100-foot-wide sinkhole at the edge of the sea. Here the traveler can take a dip in the clear water inside the sinkhole, which leads out to the sandy beach, and can also find sign and symbols dating back to second millennium B.C.

All of this is just a taste of what the Apulia region can offer the traveler. There also castles, such as Svevo Castile in the town of Bari and the Castle of Charles V in Lecce. With such a deep embracing of history and gorgeous beaches to entice every style of traveler, Globus & Cosmos wants to show the traveler how they’re missing out on a hidden gem on the tip of Italy’s unvisited end.

 

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