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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The name derives from the late Greek τρούλος, or “dome” and indicates the ancient dry stone conical constructions of prehistoric origin. The stone used for the buildings was obtained from the limestone rocks of the Murge plateau. The Trulli, present mainly in the Valle d’Itria, located between the provinces of Brindisi, Bari and Taranto, are still used today as dwellings …

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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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