The Puglia region of Italy is the long strip of land, 400km from north to south, that makes up the heel of Italy. For centuries it was a strategic province, colonized, invaded and conquered by just about every major power of the day – from the Greeks through to the Spanish.
The Puglia region of Italy these days offers clean seas and reliable sunshine which draws holiday-makers both Italian and foreign. There are campsite-and-bungalow-type tourist villages along the shoreline. Low-cost flights to Bari and Brindisi have opened up the area to British tourists.
The Puglia region of Italy boasts a wonderful Mediterranean climate that makes it an excellent holiday destination for most of the year.
The spring comes early and is generally warm and sunny, with temperatures rising to the early twenties by the end of April.
The summer is long, hot and dry and lasts from the end May through to the end of September. Temperatures typically rise to around the 30°C mark in July and August, with the occasional hotter week here and there. The sea warms up wonderfully to the mid 20s, making swimming and bathing greatly pleasurable. Puglia’s glorious beaches come alive!
Puglia is known as the breadbasket of Italy. It’s the source of 80 percent of Europe’s pasta and much of Italy’s fish; it produces more wine than Germany and more olive oil than all the other regions of Italy combined. It’s famous for olives (from Cerignola), almonds (from Ruvo di Puglia), dark juicy tomatoes (often sun-dried), cime di rapa (turnip tops), fava beans, figs (fresh and dried), cotognata (a moulded jam made from quince) and for its melons, grapes and green cauliflower.
There’s plenty of architectural interest in the Puglia region of Italy, as each ruling dynasty left its own distinctive mark on the landscape – the Romans their agricultural schemes and feudal lords their fortified medieval towns. Perhaps most distinctive are the kasbah-like quarters of many towns and cities, a vestige of the Saracen conquest of the ninth century.The one at Bari is the biggest and most atmospheric. The Normans endowed Puglia with splendidly ornate cathedrals, while the Baroque exuberance of towns like Lecce and Martina Franca are testament to the Spanish legacy.
Of course Trullis the unique dwellings that are traditional to the Puglia region of Italy are Apulian dry stone huts with a conical roof. Their style of construction is specific to the Itria Valley, in the Murge area of the Italian region of Apulia. Trulli were generally constructed as temporary field shelters and storehouses or as permanent dwellings by small proprietors or agricultural labourers.
Three reasons to move to this region:
- The beaches
- The perfect Mediterranean weather
- The food and wine