There are lots of tourists regions in Italy that offer a wealth of attractions. One of the most elegant, understated regions in all of Italy is Puglia (Apulia). Here is the true beating heart of Italy, located on a peninsula with the Adriatic Sea to the east and Ionian Sea to the southeast. Puglians refer to their region as the "heel of Italy's boot" which covers approximately 7300 miles. This location has a direct effect on life in Puglia and the temperate climate. It is a treasure trove for tourists who love happy, friendly people, amazing landscapes and the feel of the simple rural life on the coast of a peninsula.
Thanks to its proximity to a number of waterways, there's a wealth of water activities to enjoy. Puglia is comprised of six provinces. Foggia is located at the north with Barletta, Bari, Taranto and Brindisi in Central Puglia. Lecce is at the southern-most point. Tourists should visit each of these provinces in order to take in all of the local cultural nuances. Note that in each of the six provinces the Italian language is spoken, albeit with a distinct dialect. This isn't a problem for tourists, since Puglians are well versed in the languages spoken most often by their guest tourists.
For lovers of antiquity, there's no limit to the sights that can be found in each province. For instance, one prominent sight is the Medieval village of Ostuni. Walk among the places where Hannibal battled Cannae or where Goths, Byzantines and ancient Romans left their influence among the picturesque plateau and hills of this region. Tourists will want the opportunity to see the Canosa di Puglia, an ancient temple and the many ruins of Puglian history. In Bari, the most populated of the provinces of Puglia, the Cathedral of San Nicola is a must-see.
In the provinces of Puglia, tourists will notice immediately neat arrangements of dwellings, stone walls and lushness of the abundant olive orchards that turn the countrysides a verdant green. Thanks to its history, Puglia also has a number of castles located here. One in particular is the most popular, the Gothic Castel del Monte built in the 13th century. The neat, orderly arrangement of tourist sights makes it easy to plan an itinerary that easily fulfill tourists desire for a well-rounded visit to Puglia. Caverns and grottoes abound in Puglia's provinces like the Grave in Castellana and Grotte di Castellana as well as the Grotta Bianca deep within the bowels of the Puglian earth.
If there is one feature of a trip to Puglia that no visitor should miss, it's the regional cuisine. There are plenty of restaurants with excellent fare. Look to trattorias for the very best in local cuisine. Visitors to this regions are amazed at the absolute freshness of food served by expert chefs.