|Puglia (known as Apulia in English) is the heel of Italy. It is made up of the provinces of Bari, Brindisi, Foggia, Lecce and Taranto and is a long region running down to the southeast tip of Italy. The hot summer sun and the endless miles of golden sandy beaches reaching down to the warm, turquoise water of the Adriatic and Ionian Seas make Puglia a fantastic destination for a summer holiday.
But there is far more to Puglia than the attraction of the beaches. The gently rolling countryside is covered in orchards of olive trees and vineyards. The seaside villages glisten white, the rocky coastal areas are dotted with magnificent caves and the land is covered in marvellous medieval towns and villages.
There is a wealth of sites of cultural interest and the cuisine is world famous. Combine this with the warm, southern-Italian welcome and the calm way of life and it is easy to understand why this has always been a popular destination, from the earliest settlers to the modern day tourist. The region is relatively modern and prosperous for the south of Italy but has developed in a charming way that only Italy does so well, progressing and modernising while retaining the look and the character of the towns and countryside.
Smart, modern resorts and pretty fishing villages can be found on the coast while the countryside is full of rustic towns and fabulous archaeological remains. Then there is the grand splendour of cities like Lecce that make this an area waiting to be discovered.