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Top 10 Reasons to Visit Puglia Italy

Updated on July 22, 2016
Puglia Italy Top 10 Reasons to Visit. The Gargano Peninsula is one of the best.
Puglia Italy Top 10 Reasons to Visit. The Gargano Peninsula is one of the best. | Source
Six provinces make up the Puglia or Apulia region on the southeast coast of Italy.
Six provinces make up the Puglia or Apulia region on the southeast coast of Italy. | Source

The Puglia (pronounced pool-ya) or Apulia region as it is known in English, is the most undiscovered and unknown region of Italy. With twenty different regions, Puglia is easily identified on the map as it runs down the east coast of Italy from The Gargano Peninsula all the way into the “heel of the boot”.

Puglia borders the Adriatic Sea and The Ionian Sea and in the south it kisses The Gulf of Toranto and The Strait of Otranto. It has a population of just over 4 million within an area of 19,345 square kilometres.

Interestingly, it is one of the larger and most populated of the twenty regions yet remains an enigma to many outside of Italy. The region is divided into 6 different communes, all of which harbor many reasons to visit making selecting 10 reasons to visit a difficult one for this writer whose love affair with the area began 5 years ago.

The area saw increased interest from foreign buyers worldwide from the 1990s and the percentage of foreign residents now equates to approximately 2% of the population. In no particular order of preference, here are 10 of my favorite reasons to visit Puglia.

1. The Gargano Peninsula

The Gargano Peninsula incorporates The Gargano National Park, The Umbra Forest, The Tremiti Islands, protected wildlife and fauna, coastal villages and beautiful beaches.
The Gargano Peninsula incorporates The Gargano National Park, The Umbra Forest, The Tremiti Islands, protected wildlife and fauna, coastal villages and beautiful beaches. | Source
The Gargano is home to one of the largest Orchid  populations in Europe. This is the Ophrys Neglecta.
The Gargano is home to one of the largest Orchid populations in Europe. This is the Ophrys Neglecta. | Source

One of the lesser known about places, this peninsula is one of the most important, interesting and varied areas in Puglia with the most stunning vistas. Within the commune of Foggia, this is the most northerly part of Puglia.

Something for everyone, particularly the nature lovers, the peninsula includes The Gargano National Park (Parco Nazionale del Gargano), The Umbra Forrest (Foresta Umbra) and The Tremiti Islands.

The Gargano peninsula has lakes, hiking tracks, protected wildlife, medieval towns, historic sites, stunning beaches, caves and wonderful traditional food. The aroma of citrus is one you will not avoid as hundreds of lemon trees grow in abundance with olive tree groves. Spending a week here is easy and at that you may not see everything.

This is heaven for all orchid lovers with the largest amount of species growing in one place, within Europe. Many varieties are unknown such is the extraordinary amount of these beautiful flowers.

This area is without doubt a must see spot in my opinion and a visit to this former island is sure to be a highlight of your trip.

2. Less Touristy and Less Commercial

Sometimes you find hidden gems like this tiny town we discovered in the south west of Puglia.
Sometimes you find hidden gems like this tiny town we discovered in the south west of Puglia. | Source
The scenery varies from lush green valleys to stunning golden beaches. These are some poppies.
The scenery varies from lush green valleys to stunning golden beaches. These are some poppies. | Source

My reasons to visit here have to include it being less commercial. Yes it has a tourism industry and gets busy in summer but Puglia for me I find to be so much more relaxed, friendlier and less commercialized than a vast many places I have seen.

Everyone is different and wants different things from travelling but I find stepping outside my comfort zone refreshing and so much more beneficial. Puglia has unspoilt beautiful beaches free of commercial businesses such as restaurants, shops, towering hotels and sun loungers.

Very few Italians in this region speak English. The bigger cities and towns will have more English speakers but still not as common as you may expect.

My biggest tip is to be prepared and learn some basics, I know I did and my pocket phrasebook was permanently in my handbag as I explored the region and certainly looks well used! My choice was the lonely planet phrasebook and I find their books on Italy excellent too and a must for getting to know the place you are visiting.

3. Bari, the Capital of Puglia

Bari airport is one of the International airports in Puglia and it is also one of the busiest ports in the region.
Bari airport is one of the International airports in Puglia and it is also one of the busiest ports in the region. | Source
Built in 1132, Castello Normanno-Svevo Bari is used for exhibitions today.
Built in 1132, Castello Normanno-Svevo Bari is used for exhibitions today. | Source
The Basilica di San Nicola has the crypt containing the remains of Saint Nicholas, otherwise known as Santa Claus.
The Basilica di San Nicola has the crypt containing the remains of Saint Nicholas, otherwise known as Santa Claus. | Source

The capital of Puglia, Bari is the largest city and has an International airport, a major port and has a wealth of reasons to visit.

Situated in the commune of Bari, the city is a seaside city and boasts an Interesting historic centre which is constantly busy with visitors.

Within the historic centre identified by its ancient city walls, lies a wealthy of churches, monuments, piazzas, theaters and narrow cobble-stoned streets.

A highlight includes Basilica di San Nicola or The Church of Saint Nicolas. Regarded to be the resting home for Santa Claus, this is Bari’s top attraction. Built in 1087 to house the remains of the saint, the church features many different architectural styles, beautiful artwork and mosaics.

For shopping enthusiasts, head to Corso Cavour, Via Sparano and Via Manzoni. Bari makes a great base from which to explore the Gargano or venture further south down the coast to Lecce or Toranto.

It also has a busy train network which makes connecting with all parts of Italy very easy. A mere 4 hour train journey west will have you in Rome if you fancy a day trip or dividing your holiday time between the east and west.

Being a port, travel to nearby Greece, Turkey and The Balkans is an ideal opportunity to avail of visiting a new country, so keep it in mind.

4. The Trulli of Puglia

Trullo are unique to the region of puglia—this is an old original style trullo next to our property.
Trullo are unique to the region of puglia—this is an old original style trullo next to our property. | Source
Alberobello, known as the capital of the trulli with some 1000 still in existence.
Alberobello, known as the capital of the trulli with some 1000 still in existence. | Source
In Alberobello you will see trulli shops, trulli accomodation, trulli private residence and even a trullo church.
In Alberobello you will see trulli shops, trulli accomodation, trulli private residence and even a trullo church. | Source

These conical roofed stone dwellings are unique to Puglia. Originating in the town of Alberobello in the 16 Century BC, the trulli spread throughout the nearby towns of Martina Franca, Conversano, Locorotondo and Cisternino.

A most unusual and interesting dwelling made from limestone, Alberobello is known as the capital of the trulli and has over 1000 in existence making it a must see destination.

In 1996 it was designated a world heritage site by UNESCO. I have been inside a variety of trulli, and it is amazing to think entire families would have lived inside these tiny stone houses. Today many are restored and added to in order to make them more functional for modern living.

Properties may have a single cone or be multi coned with up to 10. We looked at different properties to purchase in a trullo style as we love their quirkiness, uniqueness and structure.

If you are visiting Puglia you should avail of the opportunity of staying in one or renting one out for experiencing something you will not find anywhere else in the world.

For further information on the trulli read Alberobello Trulli Trulli Scrumptious.

For holidays to Alberobello, check out Alberobello Places to Visit for Day Trips which lists more great places to visit within easy commuting distance.

Alberobello Transport Options shows the different transport options you have for getting to the area with tips on the area.

History of the Trulli in Alberobello

5. Lecce, Pearl of the Baroque

The Roman Amphitheater at Lecce—this is still used today to stage operas, musicals and plays. if you're there in the summer keep an eye out for a performance.
The Roman Amphitheater at Lecce—this is still used today to stage operas, musicals and plays. if you're there in the summer keep an eye out for a performance. | Source
One of the highlights in Lecce is the Basilica of Santa Croce.
One of the highlights in Lecce is the Basilica of Santa Croce. | Source

Another favorite place is the town of Lecce in the south and is part of the Salento peninsula.

Lecce is often referred to as Pearl of the Baroque and Florence of the South due to its staggering amounts of spectacular baroque style architecture. Lecce Italy’s Best Kept Secret and Lecce What to See and Do give more in-depth information on this magical town.

The beauty with Lecce is it has everything.

Unparalleled history, architecture, great food, near an international airport and port in Brindisi, shopping and makes a great base to explore the southern parts of Puglia.

Some of the best beaches in Puglia are located around Lecce and where else can you enjoy a leisurely cappuccino within arm’s reach of an ancient Amphitheater, still partially buried?

It is a place that has attracted many a celebrity to holiday in and Dame Helen Mirren owns a property here.

6. The Rustic Food

 Our Olive Trees—making our own olive oil is something we look forward to.
Our Olive Trees—making our own olive oil is something we look forward to. | Source
Our grape vines—not a vineyard but a small crop of grapes will do us nicely.
Our grape vines—not a vineyard but a small crop of grapes will do us nicely. | Source
Focaccia di Altamura—good home cooking from simple fresh ingredients is what to expect in Puglia.
Focaccia di Altamura—good home cooking from simple fresh ingredients is what to expect in Puglia. | Source
Cherries are popular fruit trees to grow as our figs, oranges, lemons and apples to name a few.
Cherries are popular fruit trees to grow as our figs, oranges, lemons and apples to name a few. | Source

The Puglia region is predominantly agricultural based and many of the locals continue to produce their own food and live off the land.

40% of Italy’s olive oil production comes from Puglia and the region is one of the main wine producing areas of Italy. We have 15 mature olive trees that produce the olives suited for olive oil production which I cannot wait to use. My very own beauty product homegrown and an essential cooking ingredient! We even have some grape vines growing on trellises. I would be more than happy with having some grapes to eat never mind a bottle of vino.

With the amount of produce available, most of the cooking is good rustic country based with many recipes being handed down through the generations.

Ingredients such as tomatoes, onions, fava beans, durum wheat, courgettes, artichokes, chilies, peppers, beans, fennel, herbs, lamb and beef are commonly used.

The fishing Industry is big with it being a coastal region and seafood plays an important part of the diet here. Cuttlefish, mussels, anchovies, sea bream, red mullet and sea bass are regularly featured in recipes.

Pasta is naturally a big favorite but in Puglia they take particular pride in their Orecchiette pasta, small ear shaped shells which are made daily by hand by the Italian ladies often on a table outside their home in the towns.

If you wander up a side street in the morning you are bound to see this. Why not stop and have a go? Many will be only too delighted to show the art in making them. Traditional Puglia pasta is made with water, salt and durum wheat flour. No eggs are used.

Homemade bread is another favouite in Puglia. In remote villages communal wood-burning ovens are still used for making breads by the locals and bread comes in many shapes, sizes and varieties and accompanies every meal here.

Altamura, a town in the west of Puglia was the first place in Europe to be granted the prestigious DoP classification (Denomination of Origin of production) for its bread. Interestingly, when McDonalds opened there, the locals, preferring to eat their own bread in dishes, did not visit the mighty chain and subsequently forced the burger joint to close and move on! McDonalds is not something you will find easily in Puglia!

Another speciality in Puglia, particularly in the town of Cisternino is a tradition performed by rosticceria butchers.

You pick out the cut of meat and watch while the butcher cooks it immediately on a charcoal grill or in a wood-burning stove. Definitely worth trying and an ideal time to try one of the locally produced wines.

Deserts feature strongly in Puglia. Friends of ours who are Irish and Welsh get up early to get to go to town and buy fresh pastries for breakfast. We have been at their home for a coffee and the delicious, fresh from the bakery pastries are hard to resist.

Almond based deserts are common as almonds are widely grown here. Ricotta cheese is another ingredient featuring heavily in sweets.

The food in Puglia has opened up our eyes to true authentic Italian cooking. It may not be the most famous throughout Italy but it is full of natural goodness, quality ingredients and age old traditions.

The friendliness we have received has been one of the most charming reasons we love this area. You have not tasted the real Italian cuisine until you eat in Puglia.

Wine and Deserts of Puglia with Antonio Carluccio

Learn about Puglia Burrata Cheese

7. Puglia Beaches

We had the entire beach to ourselves, how fantastic is that?
We had the entire beach to ourselves, how fantastic is that? | Source
There are many little coves and beaches all along the coast of Puglia, which are largely un-populated by tourists.
There are many little coves and beaches all along the coast of Puglia, which are largely un-populated by tourists. | Source

Running along the east coast, it should be no surprise to hear beaches in Puglia are numerous and beautiful. You are never far from a beach wherever you are based, which is a big advantage to this region.

The weather here is hot in summer and often still warm and sunny up to November and December. We have been in November expecting it to be more like our own weather in Ireland and have been pleasantly surprised how warm it was.

In-between Casalabate and San Cataldo down in the south of Puglia, lies a stretch of beach which is rarely busy.

Turquoise waters lap the golden sands gently. Hidden by sand dunes this beach hides a special secret. Hidden in the water 50m from shore, is a sunken shipwreck. The ship was sunk by the British Navy in 1941.

So how cool would it be for you to take a deep breath and dive down to wander around the hull and beams?

The water is not too deep so a great opportunity to do something different and makes a lasting memory.

On the map below are more great beaches highlighted and some places I have found, I have no idea what they were called they were so small and no signs or people visible to ask.

Best Beaches of Puglia

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A markerPunta Prosciutto Beach, Porto Cesareo -
Porto Cesareo, Province of Lecce, Italy
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B markerAyala Beach, Maruggio -
74020 Maruggio Province of Taranto, Italy
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C markerTorre Dell'orso -
Torre Dell'orso Province of Lecce, Italy
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D markerSanta Maria al Bagno -
73050 Santa Maria al Bagno, Province of Lecce, Italy
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E markerCasalabate -
Casalabate Province of Lecce, Italy
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F markerSanta Maria di Leuca -
73040 Santa Maria di Leuca, Province of Lecce, Italy
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G markerVieste -
Vieste Province of Foggia, Italy
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H markerOtranto -
Otranto Province of Lecce, Italy
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I markerTremiti -
Isole Tremiti, Riserva Marina Isole Tremiti, Italy
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8. The People

Meals are a family affair. Eating at home or dining out, food is a very important part of Italian life. Puglia is no exception and at lunch time you will see a mass exodus from businesses and things shut down for at least 2 hours often longer.
Meals are a family affair. Eating at home or dining out, food is a very important part of Italian life. Puglia is no exception and at lunch time you will see a mass exodus from businesses and things shut down for at least 2 hours often longer. | Source
A Friendly Face Awaits You
A Friendly Face Awaits You | Source
A signora italiana taking a well earned break.
A signora italiana taking a well earned break. | Source

Interesting Trivia

Puglia produces more olive oil than any other region of Italy.

As the south is referred to as the heel, The Gargano Peninsula is known as the spur.

Silent film star Rudolph Valentino was from Puglia.

Italian people are passionate, warm hospitable, family orientated and take food very seriously. The Pugli people are no different and love celebrations and socializing which for them usually is done around the table at home or in a local restaurant.

When a family goes out to eat what I love is to see the entire family, all the generations from small children to elderly grandparents included. No matter the time, children are always welcomed and never turned away.

The Piazza’s or squares in all villages, towns and cities are the focal point for many Italians to meet, socialize, and go for their age old Italian customs and traditions of La Passeggiata.

The pub culture many of us are familiar with does not exist in Puglia. It is replaced by cafes and restaurants and I don’t remember seeing one person rowdy, aggressive and stumbling around the streets from too much alcohol.

I love the cafe scene and a Saturday night in Puglia is very different to one spent in Dublin. An example of the local hospitality is the first time we met our new neighbor Grazia (Grat – zee – ah).

As with many rural properties in this area, families own a large amount of land that has been sub-divided into separate properties for the children over the years. Our property was owned by a guy whose sister owned the adjoining property.

One morning as we were cleaning the place I heard someone calling “Ciao”. I looked outside to see a small middle aged lady waving energetically at me. I waved back and walked towards her across our land into hers. She wanted us to come for coffee, all spoken in Italian or charade like gestures as she had no English. So off we went phrasebook in hand, into her small traditional house which turned out to be her “summer house”. She lived 10 kilometers away!

That was to be the first of many memorable coffee’s and lunches we would share with Grazia and her elderly brother. The meals were always freshly prepared with produce she grew or made and watching her zip up pasta from scratch, was very special.

We would often find bags or plates of fresh vegetables, fruits and nuts she had left for us that she has grown.

It has been truly an eye opener into the culture and traditions of Puglia and seeing Grazia is one of the things we most look forward to as we prepare to move permanently.

9. Ostuni – The White City

this sums up Ostuni. welcoming, stylish, immaculate, great architecture, simplicity, and cozy! one of my favorite photos of Ostuni.
this sums up Ostuni. welcoming, stylish, immaculate, great architecture, simplicity, and cozy! one of my favorite photos of Ostuni. | Source
Chiesa Ostuni churches and buildings feature intricate architectural styles.
Chiesa Ostuni churches and buildings feature intricate architectural styles. | Source

Ostuni known as The White City lies high up in the hills and is an awesome sight from the coastal road. A mere 11 kilometers from where we will be living, it is a place we love visiting with a wonderful mix of sights, shops and of course restaurants.

We prefer eating off the beaten track and go where the locals eat in Ostuni. Often they are not visibly restaurants to the untrained eye which we found to be interesting.

Once inside though, it is a hive of activity with wonderful rustic cooking, friendly faces, no English spoken and sometimes no menu!

We just say si grazie or yes thank you and see what appears! Sometimes we have no idea what we are eating and sometimes it may not be to our taste, but you know what? It is still amazing and course after course will appear in Italian fashion (up to 9 courses is not unheard of).

We have been in the winter months when tourists are sparse and it is a delight to wander around the ancient cobblestone mazes and find some unexpected memory moments.

Ostuni is popular with tourists and a bus trip favorite venue to stop at. With its hilltop location, it provides breathtaking views across to the Adriatic.

The old historic center is full of beautiful churches, buildings and a very artistic place in my opinion. Wonderful craft shops with locally made crafts are there and well worth a visit.

10. Otranto

The Lighthouse at Otranto is at the most easterly point of Italy and a favorite spot to see sunrise and celebrations such as New Year.
The Lighthouse at Otranto is at the most easterly point of Italy and a favorite spot to see sunrise and celebrations such as New Year. | Source
Otranto has a stunning amount of beaches nearby.
Otranto has a stunning amount of beaches nearby. | Source

In the commune of Lecce, in the south of Puglia this town boasts 10 kilometers of beautiful beaches of turquoise blue and well known diving rocks.

Otranto is extremely popular with Italian tourists and a sprinkling of foreign visitors annually, looking for sun, sea a bit of sightseeing and nightlife.

Originally known for its breed of horse, Otranto is also a historic port town which originally saw it as being more important and busier than the close by port of Brindisi.

The Cathedral is worth visiting to see the amazing mosaic floor and like every Italian town; Otranto has a castle, The Castello Aragonese which was rebuilt in the late 15th Century.

Capa Palascia or Capo d’Otranto as it is known as, is the most easterly point in Italy and home to a lighthouse that is one of five Mediterranean lighthouses protected by the European Commission.

Have you ever been to Puglia?

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Puglia Must See Places of Interest

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A markerThe Gargano National park, Puglia -
Gargano National Park, Italy
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B markerAlberobello -
Alberobello Province of Bari, Italy
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C markerLecce -
Lecce Province of Lecce, Italy
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D markerOstuni -
72017 Ostuni Province of Brindisi, Italy
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E markerBari -
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F markerCisternino -
72014 Cisternino Province of Brindisi, Italy
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G markerOtranto -
Otranto Province of Lecce, Italy
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    • carol7777 profile image

      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Great hub and so enticing. You did a fabulous job and covered everything. Love the photos...I am ready to check out airplane flights. thanks for sharing all this. Voting up and pinning.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Carol, You are a fast reader my friend!! Many thanks for your prompt comment, so good to see you. It was hard for me to limit to 10 and it went on longer than intended but hopefully it gives a good picture of this wonderful region. Appreciate your votes and pin!!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You left out the most important reason for visiting there......you! :)

      Loved the pictures. It is obvious that you love this region. Maybe some day I will knock on your door. :) Have a great weekend my dear friend.

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      Natasha 4 years ago from Hawaii

      Beautiful! Not just the landscape, but those cherries, too. Mmmm.

      I haven't been to Italy, but it's on my to-do list. Thanks for the sneak peek!

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      Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

      Hello Suzie,

      Your travel article is wonderful, you cover every aspect of the place, landscape, vegetation, culture, lifestyle and many more. Puglia looks like heaven on earth.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Bill,

      Many thanks my friend, your so kind!! I do love this region and it will certainly be an experience we are looking forward to. Our door is always open for you dear friend and while you write your hubs I will be making sure you have a limitless coffee flowing!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Natashalh,

      Many thanks for taking a stroll down Puglia. It is a wonderful part of Italy with many great reasons to put it on your to-do-list. Appreciate your comments!!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Vinaya,

      Delighted to see you! I am glad to read you enjoyed the variety which is what I wanted to portray. It really does have everything you would want. For us it is certainly ticking all the right boxes! Thanks for your welcomed comments.

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      Om Paramapoonya 4 years ago

      Wow, what a gorgeous place! I just added Pulgia to my must-visit list. Rated awesome and pinned!

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      Bill De Giulio 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Suzie, all I can say is WOW! This is unbelievable. As you know this is one area of Italy that we have not explored yet. I will have to add this to our must see places. No wonder you are moving there? When does this happen by the way? Is that picture of the olive trees your property? Beautiful.

      This is why we love Italy. What a life style and surrounded by all this natural beauty, culture and history. Some day we are going to be knocking on your door. Voting up, sharing, pinning, tweeting, and whatever else I can think of. Great, great job.

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      Gordon Hamilton 4 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom

      Hello, Suzie and wow! What a fantastically informative Hub and even though - I freely admit - when I started reading, I was waiting for the food, drink and fishing section, I loved the whole piece. I was intrigued by the whole Hub but particularly loved the bit about McDonald's being ousted - not many true foodie cultures left but this is clearly one. Italy remains a culinary/fishing dream of mine and I'm really hoping to realise that dream this summer. You may just have given me the answer to my question of which bit to visit - thanks! :)

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      Marie Giunta 4 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Hi Suzie, the Pulgia is a place close to my heart because my parents grew up in the Campania region which is very close to Pulgia. This hub shows how untouched the Pulgia is, and the photos of the old man and 'signora' remind me of my grandparents. This hub is beautiful with great information on a beautiful part of Italy. Voted up.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Om,

      Many thanks for your visit and comments, always lovely to see you. Glad to know you enjoyed this lesser known region, it is one I continue to learn about each time we visit. Appreciate your vote and pin greatly!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Bill,

      This was an article I could have kept going with as there are so many great spots and reasons to visit. Martina Franca, the festivals, celebrations, the value for money . . .and the list goes on! Yes, the loive trees are our property as are the little grapevines. We have a small 2 bed villa which has an old (the original house) cottage which we will be renovating back to the original stonework which is stunning. it is so quirky and ideal for visitors and for rental income. We are close to the small town of San Michele Salentino about 3 km away and are only 15-20 mins away from the sea. Brindisi airport is 30 mins away so the location is great, a bit of everything. we had hoped to be there before now but things happen but hopefully by next summer, we will have moved. As I said before, you will be most welcome when we move and have the cottage fully functional (it is very old and we want to retain the character as much as possible). What fun it will be to meet and explore more of our favorite country! Appreciate your lovely comments, votes, shares etc. . .

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Gordon,

      Great to see you! As a foodie and fish lover you would enjoy this region I am sure! I love fish and have had many dishes i have no idea of but have loved them. Even pizza tastes totally different and so fresh and tasty. The lateness in eating is something we found strange to get a handle on. Sometimes not sitting down at restaurants until after 9pm and still eating at 11. Being on the coast, fishing is easily done. many restaurants in small fishing villages have seafood restaurants dotted along the harbor and it seems the fish comes straight off the boat and onto your plate, it is that quick and fresh! The markets are great here and everything is much cheaper than in other parts of Italy. If you are a wine drinker you will be in heaven, it is a ritual here to drink red or white at every meal and costs so much less with grapevines everywhere!

      Hopefully you will get to visit this wonderful region and sample it all firsthand. Appreciate your input and interest as always Gordon!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi MPG,

      Many thanks for dropping in! Wow,you must have grown up with great traditions, recipes and stories. Hopefully you will get to visit this area of Italy. I love photos of local people as it often shows character and a life lived. Puglia is funny in that it has the modern living and also the really untouched beauty spots. The shopping, Italian design and artwork is amazing and something i also love. So advanced in many ways and then very traditional stuch in the past . . .I enjoy the mix! Many thanks for commenting and your input, always very interested to hear peoples stories on Italy and family connections. Cheers for the votes!!

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      torrilynn 4 years ago

      hi suzie, i would like to say what a great article you have written here. the pictures and the overall article is a bit amazing. i love to travel so reading your article has persuaded me to maybe visit italy one day. thanks and voted up.

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      Tricia1000 4 years ago from South Africa

      I will be travelling to Italy later this year and found this article really interesting.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi torrilynn,

      Many thanks for your lovely comments! If you get the chance to travel I really think you would enjoy all it offers. Hopefully Italy will be on your list as it is an amazing country. Cheers for the votes!!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Tricia,

      Many thanks for visit, I hope you enjoy the trip to Italy, you should check out my friend bdegiulio above on a great selection of useful Italian hubs which you will find excellent resources for. Happy travels!!

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      prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Wow.....you have wonderful hub here. Very well written and I really enjoy all pictures here. Actully, I have never heard about Puglia before. What a truly beautiful place you have found. I'm sure those who visit must feel a serenity and peace to be surrounded by such color and beauty. Voted up and take care!

      Prasetio

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Prasetio,

      Appreciate your visit my friend. Glad you enjoyed learning about a new part of Italy. It is a beautiful part and hopefully the photos show a glimpse of this. Thanks for your votes and comments.

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      Mike Robbers 4 years ago from London

      What a great place to go to! I enjoyed it a lot, can hardly wait to go there one day! Thank you, Suzie, for sharing this wonderful hub! Voted up & awesome!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Mike,

      Many thanks for visiting and taking a ramble to Puglia. I am sure you will love it and if you can visit from Greece, do!! Appreciate your lovely comments and votes!

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      this is soo ahhmazing!! i really wanted to see miles and miles of vineyards in italy..

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Spy,

      Yep, Wine would be number 11 or as you say the vineyards!! The amount of properties there with rows and rows or acres of vineyards is staggering. We have inherited a few vines but as we have not moved officially yet, they have not be tended. So many great things in this region, simple things too like the chocolate souffle at Fabrizio's restaurant in Ostuni (to die for!), the ritual of Passeggiata round the piazza and the amazing colored stone found in the area. Maybe I will have to do another follow up! Thanks spy !!

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      traderjim 4 years ago

      Thank you for appreciating my region so much! :)

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi traderjim,

      Welcome and thanks for visiting and commenting! Wow, delighted to hear you are from Puglia, a wonderful region I and my partner love. Appreciate your words!

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      Elias Zanetti 4 years ago from Athens, Greece

      Wonderful travel hub about a very beautiful place. Enjoyed your virtual tour and the excellent photos!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Elias,

      Delighted you enjoyed this look at my favorite area of Italy. So many reasons i could pick so another few hubs are definitely on the cards to spread the word on Puglia! Appreciate your support!

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      Linda Crampton 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is a wonderful hub, Suzie. I would love to visit Italy and enjoy learning about the country. Your article contains so much useful and interesting information, and the photos are lovely! I'll share this hub.

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      It's always been my dream to visit Italy. I think if I ever did though I wouldn't want to ever leave. Loved your hub. Sharing, pinning, and voting +++

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      Elisha Jachetti 4 years ago

      This is gorgeous! Wow! Thanks for sharing. It seems like you experienced Italy in an off-the-beaten-path kind of way, which is great.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Alicia,

      So good of you to comment on my favorite spot in Italy This region has so much to love about it, hope you get to visit someday! Appreciate your comments and sharing!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi JAS,

      Great to see you, i know what you mean and in fact that is what has happened with us I guess as it is in our future to live there permanently and build a new life. Thanks so much for your comments,, votes, share and for pinning! Much appreciate it my friend from Ontario :-)

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Elisha,

      Welcome an many thanks for popping by! I love doing exactly that, go off the beaten track! Some of our most amazing adventures are realized this way and certainly I have found amazing places, had incredible experiences and met wonderful people. Cheers for your interest!

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      I really enjoyed reading this. I have never been to any part of Italy, so seeing photos of it, and hearing about it is fascinating. Thank you for sharing this with us!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Kathryn,

      So pleased you enjoyed this one, i love this region so much I could go on and on . . . I will do more on the wonderful area so hopefully you will check them out and maybe get over to see us once there!!! Two Bill's, Simone and anyone of my friends here could kick up a storm or two!!

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      That would definitely be a trip of a lifetime!!! I'm going to file this away in my "trip" folder. I put any idea for a vacation into it, just in case we have the opportunity in the future.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Kathryn

      Many thanks for adding Puglia into your trip folder! Be great to catch up with out there sometime!!

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      Elizabeth Parker 4 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Great hub! I like that Puglia is less commercial. Smart advice to bring a phrase book too. Those pictures look beautiful- definitely a place worth considering! Voted up as useful, beautiful and interesting.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi epbooks,

      Lovely to have you visit and for commenting. That is the beauty of this region in Italy, it is less commercial and more "grass roots" and not very touristy. English not widely spoken so having basics in Italian phrases is very handy. Appreciate you voting this up ++ cheers for your interest :-)

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      tastiger04 4 years ago

      Wow! What a fantastic hub! Someday when I make it to Italy I will need to go to Puglia....the beaches look especially appealing :) The architecture also....I'd love to see a trullo building. Thank you for the wonderful information and beautiful photos! voted up !

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi tastiger,

      Thanks so much for your great interest in Puglia. I really hope you get the chance to visit there someday, it is such a beautiful Italian region with so much to offer. Appreciate your comment and thumbs up :-)

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      charlie cheesman 3 years ago from England

      Hi Suzie How you doing i was goggling Puglia and your hub came up,

      I not sure if i said before but we are going traveling, we were going to go next summer but now we are married. and the winters here we can't wait to go so Puglia is going to be our first port of call as i want to go to italy and soe where warmer,

      Great hub as always. cheers stuart x

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Charlie,

      Wow, I am thrilled and jealous! We have not moved yet unfortunately, how cool it would be to meet up there. When are you planning, this winter? So many great places and I hope this has helped. Will talk more in a email if you like about it! Congrats on your wedding by the way, delighted to hear!

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      Beth Perry 3 years ago from Tennesee

      What an informative Hub! One of my in-laws spent some time in Puglia and always had such compliments about the area. Glad to be able to understand more clearly now why she was enchanted!

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      mikewren 12 months ago

      Very informative article that brought back wonderful memories of our visit there last September. We flew in to Bari and immediately drove down the coast to Polignano al Mare and Monopoli. We spent 4 days in a Trullo in Alberobello, taking day trips to Ostuni, Cisternino, Martina Franca, Lecce and Galatina. It wasn't a long enough stay. Next time it will be a week!

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      Mary Ann 12 months ago

      Luv the article. Which airport do I fly into

      Mary Ann visco

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      Valerie Rice 12 months ago

      Great write on this beautiful place I now call home! I also write a little blog on Puglia....Puglian Pleasures and would love to share your article if I may. Of course I would credit you with the work! Please email me directly, puglianpleasures@gmail.com andfeel free to take a look at my blog www.puglianpleasures.com

      Thanks!

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      alba 12 months ago

      this article is wonderful. I am from Bari and I love the way you discovered my region is such a beautiful and not touristic way, you discovered the real Puglia, you met the authentic people and went in the right places to find the truly best side of it, I read it all even if was long but really complete of every aspect of my region and all the most important thing to do and to know and what is more impressive is that you went in not touristic season that it is even better even if is difficult to go to the beach in november, but once i ve been the 3rd of november because was around 20°, anyway i was really happy to read your experience because you saw it with our eyes and i am really glad you gave the most realistic photo of the region you coul, and I could not have done that good, so congratulations and thanks to let other people knows about the beauty and the richness of this Region. Have a good day. Alba from Bari

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      TJ 11 months ago

      Hi, thanks for the great review. One question. We have been in Lendinoso for a week and with the kids looking for the shipwreck. Even asking the locals, nobody seems to be able to find it....have you seen it yourself? Maybe someone who can guide us?nthx, TJ

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      Glenis Rix 11 months ago from UK

      Lovely photographs. I love Italy and all things Italian. So sad to hear of the recent devastating earthquake in the Puglia region.

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