Travel Bucket List is a series based on places I want to visit, where I do a bit of research on their history, culture, and attractions. I don’t intend to make this into a travel guide or a history lesson, but I want it to at least pique your interest – perhaps you will add these places to your bucket list. Today, I will be focusing on a region of Italy that I have not yet visited: Puglia.
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Puglia is a region located in the south of Italy – the boot’s heel, if you wish. It is an area frequented for locals on vacation, but it is not as touristy as the Tuscan or Campania regions.
The climate in Puglia is Mediterranean, with hot, dry summers and mild winters.
There are two airports on the region – Bari and Brindisi. It is recommended to rent a car when exploring this area.
Photo retrieved from Wikipedia.
Places to Visit
For a 2-week itinerary, I strongly recommend checking out Along Dusty Road’s itinerary – it was what inspired me initially to visit Puglia.
Lecce’s arcuitecture, barocco leccese, is exuberant and lavish – think gargoyles, carved columns, gremlins.
This historic, university town with a population of 95,000 is a maze of narrow streets, ideal for exploring. Some places of interest are the Roman amphitheater and Piazza Sant’Oronzo, the Lecce Cathedral, Porta Napoli, and the Basilica di San Giovanni Battista del Rosario.
The zona dei trulli in Alberobello consists of 1500 trullo houses that look like straight out of a fairytale. Alberobello is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and it is usually packed full of tourists. However, the unique conical-roofed houses makes this a spot that’s not to be missed when visiting Puglia.
Polignano a Mare
Polignano a Mare is a small town perched atop limestone cliffs, world-famous for cliff diving. There are not a lot of attractions in the town, it is an attraction in and of itself. If you’re not into crowds, try to avoid summer, as the beach gets packed.
Another dreamy coastal town, Ostuni is one of the main attractions in Puglia. It is located on top of a hill, surrounded by olive trees and it is known as the White City due to its astonishing white buildings.
There are other many other dreamy towns in Puglia – the next time I visit Italy, I will try to visit this region for at least a week (though two weeks would be ideal). There are not as many attractions here as in other areas, but the beautiful architecture and culture would make for some more easy going vacations, with tons of exploring to do.
What do you think of Puglia? Have you visited? If not, are you interested?