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This vibrant region in southern Italy is as diverse as it is attractive, with beaches stretching across idyllic coastal towns steeped in tradition and a healthy passion for cuisine.
Home to the longest stretch of coastline in Italy, the farming region of Puglia sits between the Adriatic and Ionian seas. The combination of sunshine and blue seas make holidays in Puglia a firm favourite with Italian holidaymakers. Traditional buildings radiate Italian style and historical importance, along with coastal towns maintaining a homely atmosphere. Parties and family-friendly festivals during the summer exude vibrancy and entertainment, adding a dose of pizazz to your Puglia holidays.
There truly is something for everyone during holidays to Puglia. Visit famous sites such as Alberobello, situated between two hills with a host of modern and ancient architecture. Explore the Trulli of Alberobello and marvel at the beehive buildings on cobbled streets. The preserved buildings occupy the fairy-tale town beside plenty of souvenir shops selling trinkets for you to cherish.
A sight for sore eyes is definitely the Shrine of Padre Pio located in San Giovanni Rortondo. The site is the second most-visited Catholic shrine in the world. The monument centres on the tomb of Saint Padre Pio alongside bronze and marble sculptures in the preserved church.
The charming city of Lecce boats spectacular architecture in the way of baroque churches and ornate squares. The city is also host to a number of beaches, including Punta Prosciutto, with crystal clear water and long stretches of golden sand. Perfect for families, the shallow seas facilitate water sports for those looking to get active. For those less inclined, there are plenty of lounge chairs across the beach for you to top up your tan.
As well as basking in the sun, be sure to let your hair down at the music festivals across summer on your holidays to Puglia. The Centro Artistico Musicale Paolo Grassi and the Festival della Valle d’Itria both run throughout July and August and host a range of local and international music performances, including opera, classical and jazz.
The famed cuisine of Puglia is a key facet to the region’s identity, with fresh local produce coming in the way of olive oil, mushrooms and artichokes. Take your pick from one of the medieval romantic style restaurants or quaint family run bistros along the coast.
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