Trips to Puglia are trips to the sea and wonderful beaches. But Puglia is so much more than that: the expanses of millenary olive trees fascinate and give an unsurpassed oil in taste, the Valley of the Trulli enchants with its mysterious white buildings, while the remains of ancient civilizations still make people speechless. Puglia comes alive with its traditions, flavors, and colors that enchant locals and visitors. Puglia has deep-rooted customs, as a result, the popular fairs and festivals with music, delicious food and historical re-enactments follow one to another, from one village to another, during the year and particularly in summer. There are countless things to see in Puglia but let us start from the beginning.
The White City of Ostuni
We start our tour from Ostuni, it is the fortified city nestled on the last hill of the southern Murgia that dominates the plain of centuries-old olive groves with a gaze to get lost on the crystal-clear sea of the Adriatic coast. The ancient town of Ostuni is also known as the “White City”, thanks to the characteristic whitewashed houses in a landscape of centuries-old olive groves sloping down to the sea. It is a must to take a walk through the whitewashed alleys, the squares, and the panoramic terraces of the ancient village with a visit to its refined Gothic cathedral.
Bari and Trulli
Bari is the capital of the Apulian Romanesque. It is a city with two faces. The first one is the nineteenth century Murattian district between elegant theaters and majestic Art Nouveau buildings. Another face is the picturesque old Bari with its popular traditions, fish markets by the seaside, and the alleys of orecchiette. You can walk around the city and admire the austere beauty of the Romanesque cathedrals that is the religious soul of this city. Bari is a very lively city full of ancient churches such as the millenary Basilica of San Nicola. Sacred and popular always come together here.
Being in this area, it is necessary to explore Alberobello, a characteristic village of the Murge, famous for being almost entirely made up of trulli, small buildings of ancient origin in limestone with a circular or quadrangular base with a conical roof. The trulli of Alberobello are the symbol of Puglia and this place is a part of are the Unesco World Heritage Site. The atmosphere there is a fairytale-like and timeless atmosphere. Its cone-shaped houses make this town the most magical place in the south Italy.
Polignano a Mare
Polignano a Mare offers breathtaking landscapes, blue sea, clear sky, and the white houses. Polignano a Mare is not only famous for being the birthplace of Domenico Modugno, but also for its enchanting views and glimpses. This part of the coast is characterized by the presence of many caves and high cliffs overlooking the sea created by the huge waves and strong wind.
Seeing the entire village built overhanging the sea, everyone can be left speechless. Right here Red Bull organizes a diving competition directly from the cliffs (Red Bull Cliff Diving). But besides the amazing panorama, it is also unmissable to walk through the alleys of the historic center, up to the Scala di Guido il Flâneur.