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Puglia (Apulia)

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Position:
Located extreme south-east of Italy, the region of Puglia -Apulia- is the "heel of the boot". It is surrounded by Molise in the north, Adriatic Sea in the east and the Ionian in the south and by Basilicata and Campania in the west.

Places to see - Things to do:
- the historical center of Bari, Baroque Lecce, Tarento...
- Altamura, Barletta, Bisceglie, Martina Franca, San Giovanni Rotondo, Trani...
- numerous castles : Andria (octagonal Castel del Monte), Bari (Norman-Swabian), Conversano, Gioia del Colle, Otrante, Tarente (Aragonese)...
- sea towns: Castellaneta Marina, Gallipoli, Marina di Ginosa, Monopoli, Santa Maria di Leuca, Peschici, Polignano a Mare, Tremiti island, Vieste...
- natural beauties: Castellana's grottoes, 'Foresta umbra', the national park of Gargano, national park of Altamurgia...
- Itria Valley: Alberobello and its 'Trulli', Locorotondo, Ostuni...

Gastronomy: -non exhaustive list-
pasta (cavatelli, fusilli, orecchiette ...) ; sweet peppers and sun-dried tomatoes ; fish (marinated anchovies, scapece ...) ; cheese (burrata, Caciocavallo Silano, canestrello pugliese, giuncata, salted ricotta...) ; lemons, prickly pears, oranges, grapes ... ; bread and similar (bread of Altamura, taralli ...) ; biscuits and desserts (caciuni, carteddate -during Christmas-, glazed taralli ...) ; extra virgin olive oil (collina di Brindisi, Dauno, terre di Bari, Terra d'Otranto ...) ; wine (Brindisi, Castel del Monte, Galatina, Moscato di Trani, Ostuni ...) ; liquors (limoncello, liqueur pomegranates, fig liqueur, nocino...)...

Folklore & Events: -non exhaustive list-
January / February
¤ until Shrove Tuesday (since December 26), Carnival of Putignano.
May
¤ 07/08, Feast of Saint Nicolas in Bari: festival in honor of the patron.
March / April
¤ during Holy Week, processions in Bitonto, Cerignola, Noicattaro, Ruvo di Puglia, Taranto ...
¤ during Holy Week, pilgrimage to San Giovanni Rotondo (cult of Padre Pio). Pilgrimages take place all year round but intensify in this period.
December
¤ from 26 to Shrove Tuesday, Carnival of Putignano.
 
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