Written by Valerie Schneider
Vivacious, outgoing, and laidback, there are endless facets to love about Puglia. The people here know how to live; it must be the sunshine, the food, and the wine that make them so friendly. The stiletto heel of Italy is itself a peninsula skirted by the Adriatic and Ionian seas boasting 500 miles of coastline, with a wealth of intriguing and exotic towns all along the way. Puglia offers some of the best beaches, best food, and best festivals that Italy has to offer; all tied up with an exotic feel.
While its southern peninsular position may look isolated, it’s not remote. There are two airports (Bari and Brindisi) and a rail line that runs up the Adriatic coast. Puglia was a byway for colonizers, conquering invaders, and departing crusaders. It became a crossroads of culture, first with the Greeks, then the Romans who brought their version of a super-highway here, the Appian Way, followed by the Byzantines, Normans, Arabs, and Spanish. Each left a mark, giving Puglia a worldly exotic tinge.
Puglia produces a cornucopia of tomatoes, eggplant, peppers, figs, citrus, melons, and almonds, all ripening under that southern sun, and the region is a major producer of olive oil and wine. Add in the local seafood and meat specialties and you’ll eat well here.
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