Apulia (Italian: Puglia) is a region in southeastern Italy.
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...
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.
British Airways also flies to Bari with a summer schedule.
Train from Rome can take about 6 hours and is usually very packed. Don't forget to validate your ticket!
There are many ferry companies providing service several times daily from Greece (i.e. Corfu, Igoumenitsa, Cephalonia, Zante, Patras) to Bari and Brindisi.
Ferrovie del sud est offers train and bus service in the region.
There are a lot of things to see in Puglia: Trulli in Alberobello, Old town in Bari, Trani, beaches in Monopoli.
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.
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.
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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 til 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 aggression or beating are in the overwhelming majority of episodes cases of private disputes and/or alcohol-related and are never directed to 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.