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Quick Facts
Capital Bari
Government Italian Region
Currency Euro (€)
Area 19,358 km2
Population 4,045,949 (2012 est)
Language Official:Italian
Regionally Spoken:Neapolitan
Religion n/a
Electricity 230V, 50Hz (European or Italian plug)
Time Zone UTC +1 and UTC +2(DST)

Apulia (Italian: Puglia) is a region in southeastern Italy.



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Apulia (Puglia in Italian) is sometimes referred to as "the heel of Italy", in reference to the country's boot-like shape.


Many dialects are spoken here and they're all quiet different from each other, from the Greek influence of Salento to the Arabic sounding dialect of Bari; obviously Italian would be your best bet, maybe not local people's one though...

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By plane[edit]

Bari Palese international airport has flights to international destinations including the UK, Belgium and Germany and flights to Italian destinations including Milan and Rome.

From Brindisi Airport, there are flights to Switzerland and the UK as well as Italian destinations.

From the UK, Ryanair[1] flies to Bari and Brindisi from Stansted in London.

British Airways also flies to Bari with a summer schedule.

By train[edit]

Train from Rome can take about 6 hours and is usually very packed. Don't forget to validate your ticket!

By car[edit]

By bus[edit]

By boat[edit]

There are many ferry companies providing service several times daily from Greece (i.e. Corfu, Igoumenitsa, Cephalonia, Zante, Patras) to Bari and Brindisi.

Get around[edit]

Ferrovie del sud est[2] offers train and bus service in the region.

See[edit][add listing]

There are a lot of things to see in Puglia: Trulli in Alberobello, Old town in Bari, Trani, beaches in Monopoli.

You can also see the Castellana Grotte, Castel del Monte, the castle of Federick II, Polignano, Conversano, Martina Franca and Ostuni, the "white city".

Santa Maria Al Bagno is a small fishermen village, district of Nardò, and it is located on the coastline of the Gulf of Taranto, Ionian west coast. It has beautiful unspoilt beaches all along the coast. Santa Maria Al Bagno is approximately 45 mins travelling time by car from Brindisi and approximately 1hr 30 mins from Bari. There are several food shops in the village, restaurants, pubs, bars open in summer 24h a day, a chemist, a post office, newsagent shops and a weekly market every Sunday. Lots of large supermakets, shopping centres and fashion boutiques are in the town nearby such as Nardò, Galatina, Gallipoli and Lecce.

  • Car recommended.  edit

Do[edit][add listing]

In July there's a typical music festival in Melpignano near Lecce where you hear the famous "Pizzica".

Visit the Gargano National Park and the Tremiti islands as well as the Valle d'Itria and Salento.

Buy[edit][add listing]

  • Valle d'Itria International Music Festival, Martina Franca. Mid-July through early August  edit

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Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • TRULLO SALICE (TRULLO SALICE), Contrada Spasimato (Ceglie Messapica (BR)), +39 3485759945 (toll free: parking, ), [3]. checkin: Saturday 14:00 pm; checkout: Saturday 09:00 am. Good value compared to hotels. Trullo Salice in the heart of Valle d’Itria amongst fruit and olive trees. (,17°27'15.51''E) edit

Agriturismo Puglia, pezze di greco Fasano, 080 489 7307 (), [6]. Good value compared to hotels. Close to beaches and town center. http://www.masseriasalamina.it  edit Masseria Ostuni (Masseria Ostuni), c.da Ferri, 080 439 5483 (), [7]. Good value compared to hotels. Close to beaches and town center.http://www.masseriaferri.com  edit

  • B&B Volver Lecce, Viale Oronzo Quarta 22 - Lecce, +39 3898940847, [8]. Situated in the centre of Lecce, city of art called also the Florence of the South because of the rich Baroque architectural.  edit
  • VILLA 1855 with private pool (info@villa1855.com), Viale Arsilio ,11 (Laureto di Fasano), [9]. www.villa1855.com info@villa1855.com A fabulous ancient villa arising in the middle of the enchanting Valle d' Itria's green. The structure guests ip to 16 people in its comfortable and fully-equipped 4 apartments.  edit
  • Casa Angela, Corso Umberto 67 (Cisternino BR), (). pretty apartment situated in the historical centre of the ancient town.  edit
  • Borgo Egnazia (borgo-egnazia-hotel), Savelletri di Fasano 72015 Fasano Brindisi, Italy, +39 080 225 5000, [10]. Borgo Egnazia is a luxury resort and spa in the heart Puglia. It's 5* amenities are like nowhere else and it's traditional feel offers a true insight into Italian life.  edit


Stay safe[edit]

Described at times as the "Italian Jamaica", Apulia enjoys indeed quite a laid-back and melancholic mood according to different parameters. Street crime and local mafia related violence, though, has been a serious issue in the region in the dodgy 80s and 90s, particularly around the denser urban areas of Bari and Taranto, cities that somehow kept bearing a bad reputation till recent days. However, most of this is a story gone long ago: Apulia is now one of the safest regions in the less-developed southern part of Italy and, outside of the poorest urban districts, violent crime is nearly unheard of, moreover you'll find locals to be rather helpful and hospitable. The rare cases of aggression or beatings are in the overwhelming majority of episodes cases of private disputes and/or alcohol-related and are never directed at tourists. In fact, tourists, especially foreign, are more likely to fall victims of overpricing and mild touts linked to the expanding touristic industry rather than violent crimes.

Get out[edit]

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