Apulia, the heel of the Italian boot is located in southeast Italy on the Adriatic and Ionian Seas. Over the centuries Apulia was frequently invaded. Its moment of greatest glory was in the Holy Roman Empire of the Thirteenth Century, when majestic Romanesque cathedrals and palaces were built. This article presents the eastern and usually southern part of Apulia. A companion article presents the rest of the region including the administrative center of Bari, the largest city in southern Italy.
Trulli are truly remarkable. They are human habitations in the shape of beehives with a hole in the top to let the smoke escape. To me they resemble giant limestone teepees. Trulli are found only in eastern Apulia. The road connecting the touristy city of Alberobello and the historic town of Martina Franca with its baroque and medieval architecture is dotted with trulli. Some have been transformed into wineries, hardly surprising given the local vineyards.
The small town of Castellana is known for the nearby caves; Grotte di Castellana belongs to the largest network of caves in all Italy. The port of Brindisi is only a ferry ride away from Greece. You should stop by to see some historic churches, the Duomo (Cathedral), and a Roman column dating back to the Second Century.
Lecce is often called “the Florence of the south.” Its architecture is mainly baroque. Make sure to see its historic churches and the remains of a huge Roman Amphitheatre.
Otranto is the easternmost city in all of Italy. It was already a major port in the days of the ancient Greeks. Some city walls are still standing. Make sure to visit the Spanish Castello (Castle) and the Norman Catedrale (Cathedral). Then take the coastal road to Leuca with its lighthouse and marina.
Apulia’s classified foods include two Cheeses, Clementines, Olives, and four Olive Oils. See our companion article I Love Touring Italy – Eastern Apulia for a sample menu and more information on Apulia wines as well as an in-depth examination of eastern Apulia’s tourist attractions. The choice of local wine is so great that before long you should find at least one to your liking. And there’s a good chance that it will be a bargain.
Levi Reiss has authored or co-authored ten books on computers and the Internet, but to be honest, he would rather just drink fine Italian or other wine, accompanied by the right foods. He teaches classes in computers at an Ontario French-language community college. Visit his website www.travelitalytravel.com devoted to Italian travel with an accent on fine Italian wine and food. Visit his central wine website www.theworldwidewine.com with weekly reviews of $10 wine and columns devoted to various aspects of wine including wine and food, humor, trivia, organic and kosher wine and lots more.Click to access the original, longer article on this Italian tourist location.
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