When you think about the most interesting sights in Italy, probably the first thing that comes to your mind is the ‘eternal city’ of Rome or one of the other notable places, such as Venice, Florence, Milan and Naples.
You might also add Tuscany to the list, since it seems to be the most iconic Italian region, best known for its idyllic rural landscape. However, there’s another part of the country that deserves more attention, especially when you’re about to spend the warmer months of the year on the Adriatic Sea.
Let’s take a closer look at ‘the heel of the boot’ – in other words, the region of Puglia which is characterized by the longest coastline of any region in mainland Italy. As you sail north, the eastern coastline of Italy becomes very flat and monotonous with its endless sandy beaches and the sea might be pretty shallow inshore there.
On the other hand, the southern part of the coastline – the region of Puglia – is quite different with its more diverse and stunning scenery. As you head south, it changes from green wooded hills, through chalky-white cliffs and shiny golden sands, to rough pebbly beaches.
While sailing along the Puglia coast, you’ll come across some real hidden gems, such as the totally unspoiled Tremeti Islands where there’re barely any marina facilities and the only way is to anchor, as well as picturesque old towns offering suitable berths for any yacht: Otranto, Brindisi, Bari, Gargano, Trani and Vieste.
The region of Puglia is also known for its culinary heritage – the famous ‘cucina povera’ (literally: poor cuisine) which has its origins in the region’s rich agricultural tradition. ‘Cucina povera’ is the way of preparing simple, but nutritious meals from fresh and available products, with a very limited budget.
It seems that what we know see as a trend of eating fresh, seasonal and local food, was known in Puglia already decades ago and evolved from pure necessity. Hungry for adventures in the splendid region of Puglia?
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