it is the so-called heel of the boot, a strip of land that juts out towards the sea with wonderful and different beaches: from the sandy Torre dell'Orso and Porto Cesario to the rivieras made of rocks in Otranto and Santa Maria di Leuca. Sea lovers in this region will be spoiled for choice: from Gallipoli the "Gem of Salento" to the Gargano the "Spur of Italy", which juts out into the clear waters of the sea which hosts the splendid Tremiti Islands. Nature in Puglia is still the protagonist with the Murge and Gargano National Park, the salt pans and the lakes. Also worth visiting is the marine reserve of Torre Guaceto, the deep ravines of Laterza and the large sinkholes of Altamura which, with their suggestive landscapes, characterize the internal part of the region.
Puglia offers itineraries able to satisfy all tastes: the most devoted should not miss the opportunity to go to San Giovanni Rotondo (Foggia), where San Pio da Pietrelcina lived his faith while Alberobello, famous for its trulli and inserted by UNESCO in the World Heritage List, it is a mandatory destination for lovers of history and tradition. In addition to the trulli, Puglia boasts another UNESCO site in the city of Andria: Castel del Monte, a unique masterpiece of medieval architecture built by Federico II of Hohenstaufen in the thirteenth century. Finally, the five islands of the Tremiti Archipelago are delightful for the eyes: San Domino, San Nicola, Capraia, Cretaccio and Pianosa.
In the Puglia region there are 258 municipalities, including Altamura, Cerignola, Gallipoli, Polignano a Mare. The regional capital is Bari.
Puglia is the most eastern Italian region located in the south and one of those with the greatest coastal development, with an extension of the coasts of about 865 km. Along the coast there are alternating rocky stretches, cliffs (rocky coasts with sheer walls), but also sandy coasts: 98% of the coasts can be considered bathing. The interior of the region, however, is mainly flat and hilly and this makes it the least mountainous region of Italy; here we find the Tavoliere delle Puglie which represents the largest plain in Italy after the Po Valley. Puglia also includes the Tremiti archipelago and many other smaller islands. Throughout Puglia the climate is typically Mediterranean: the coastal and flat areas have hot, breezy and dry summers and mild winters, snowfalls on the plains are not uncommon. The temperature ranges between summer and winter are very remarkable in the internal plains: in the Tavoliere it is possible to go from over 40 ° C in the summer to -2 ° C / -3 ° C on winter mornings. Puglia has experienced an accelerated development of tourism in recent years and boasts an archaeological heritage that affects above all Salento, with numerous sites, including large ones, sometimes of international importance, such as the dinosaur quarry in Altamura. There are many recipes that this cuisine presents; Apulian PDO products include citrus fruits from the Gargano area including oranges, lemons and clementines, olive oil, Altamura bread, caciocavallo silano and Apulian canestrato.