Exploring Puglia: 20 must-see places

Puglia is a fascinating region full of attractions, so much so that it has been mentioned by National Geographic as one of the most beautiful destinations in the world. It offers a wide variety of tourist experiences suitable for all tastes and interests, from breathtaking natural sceneries to authentic villages and UNESCO heritage sites. Here is a list of 20 must-haves among the places to visit in Puglia:

    • Monte Sant'Angelo e Umbra Forest: discover the city of the two UNESCO sites and the suggestive Junno district, with a walk in the nature of the Umbra Forest.
    • Tremiti Islands: Explore the archipelago with crystal clear waters and protected marine reserve, rich in history and culture.
    • Castel del Monte and Alta Murgia National Park: admire the mysterious octagonal fortress and the biodiversity of the surrounding park.
    • Trani: walk in the historical center of this “Pearl of the Adriatic Sea” and visit its historical monuments.
    • Bari Vecchia and the coast: immerse yourself in the tradition and culture of the ancient village of Bari and discover the delights of local street food.
    • Grotte di Castellana: explore the wonderful underground cavities and admire the spectacular formations of stalactites and stalagmites.
    • Alberobello and Valle d'Itria: visit the capital of the trulli and immerse yourself in the fairytale landscape of the Valle d'Itria.
    • Lecce: discover the Baroque city of Southern Italy and its numerous historical testimonies.
    • Otranto and Porto Badisco: visit one of the most beautiful villages in Italy and discover the wonderful natural cove of Porto Badisco.
    • Santa Maria di Leuca: See the southernmost point of Puglia, where the Adriatic and Ionian seas meet.
    • Vieste: explore the Gargano town and discover the breathtaking landscapes of the Apulian promontory.
    • Monopoli: lose your way in the maze of narrow streets and discover the picturesque little port with its blue boats.
    • Gallipoli: visit the city of two seas and its splendid beaches, such as Punta della Suina and Baia Verde.
    • Taranto: discover the city of two seas and its rich historical heritage, including the National Archaeological Museum.
    • Ostuni: walk in the suggestive historic center of the "White City" and admire its breathtaking views.
    • Grottaglie: explore the city of ceramics and its charming historic centre.
    • Specchia: visit one of the most beautiful villages in Italy, located in the heart of Salento.
    • Polignano a Mare: charming village located on a cliff overlooking the Adriatic Sea, famous for its natural caves and for the suggestive beach of Lama Monachile, set between two cliffs.
    • Cisternino: visit this charming village located in the Valle d'Itria, famous for its white alleys and characteristic places where you can taste the typical cuisine.
    • Peschici: let yourself be enchanted by the all-Mediterranean charm of this town in the Gargano.

    Pack your suitcase, plan these unmissable stops and get ready to experience an unforgettable holiday to discover the wonders of Puglia.

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