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Puglia is sun-bleached landscapes, silver olive groves, seascapes, and hilltop and coastal towns. It is a lush, largely flat farming region, skirted by a long coast that alternates between glittering limestone precipices and long sandy beaches.
The heel of Italy juts into the Adriatic and Ionian seas and the waters of both are stunningly beatiful, veering between translucent emerald-green and dusky powder blue. Its extensive coastline beaars the marks of many conquering invaders: the Normans, the Spanish, the Turks, the Swabians and the Greeks. Yet, despite its divers influences, Puglia is authentic.
In a land where the cuisine is all-important, Puglia’s cucina povera is legendary. Olive oil, grapes, tomatoes, eggplants, artichokes, peppers, salami, mushrooms, olives and fresh seafood strain its table. Although boasting some of Italy’s best food and wines, in some places it’s rare to hear a foreign voice. But in July and August Puglia become a huge party, with sagre(festivals, usually involving food), concerts and events, and thousands of Italins tourists heading down here for their annual break.