A suggestive view of the old port of Bari

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Trulli

If you haven’t discovered the magical region of Apulia, Italy’s “heel,” you must, for you will fall ever more deeply in love. Part of the mezzogiorno, ‘land of the midday sun’, Puglia has a pace of life that’s deliciously languid. As for the comparison with Tuscany, it’s like a luscious fragola (strawberry) compared to a juicey arancia rossa (blood orange) … however, Puglia still remains off standard itineraries, allowing for a more unfiltered expereince of la dolce vita.

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San Domenico -Taranto

Taranto doesn’t even get a mention in many travel guides. It’s a shame as the town has an incredible history, stretching back to the Ancient Greeks, due to its exceptional suitability as a port.

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Gravina is an ancient town sitting timelessly beside one of the many karst ravines scoring the landscape on Puglia’s border with Basilicata. Alta Murgia national park, a protected plateau, is nearby.

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ulivo secolare in puglia

Translated from https://italoamericano.org/story/2016-5-8/Olio-oliva-turi Giunio Moderato Columella, who died in Taranto of the Roman Apulia, in 60 AD and one of the great agronomists of the time, recited: “Olea prima omnium arborum est”: among all the trees, the first place belongs to the olive tree. According to the historian Pliny, the Italian peninsula had excellent olive oil at reasonable prices already …

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