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Apulia and its
traditions
Apulia is a region in Southern Italy bordering the Adriatic Sea in the east, the Ionian Sea to
the southeast, and the Strait of Òtranto and Gulf of Taranto in the south. Its most southern
portion is known as Salento peninsula. The region extends as far north as Monte Gargano,
and was the scene of the last stages in the Second Punic War.
Situated at the south-eastern tip of the Italian peninsula, the central area of the region is
occupied by the Murge, a vast, semi-arid karst plateau. The only mountainous areas are the
Gargano promontory and the Monti Dauni. Apulia is a very dry region. Its few rivers are
torrential and are to be found on the Tavoliere delle Puglie, a tableland at the foot of the
Gargano promontory that is one of the largest and agriculturally most productive plains in
Italy.
Apulia is one of the richest regions in Italy in terms of
archaeological findings. Apulia was an important area for
the ancient Romans, who conquered it during the course
of wars against the Samnites and against Pyrrhus. During
the Imperial age Apulia was a flourishing area for
production of grain and oil, becoming the most
important exporter to the Eastern provinces. After the
fall of Rome, Apulia was held successively by the Goths,
the Lombards and the Byzantines. Bari became the
capital and was ruled by a catepano (governor), hence
the name of Capitanata of the Barese neighbourhood.
The characteristic Apulian
architecture of the 11th–13th
centuries reflects Greek,
Byzantine, Norman, and
Pisan influences.
The region's contribution to Italy's gross product. The economy of Apulia is characterised by a greater
emphasis on agriculture and services and a smaller part played by industry. The share of gross value
added generated by the agricultural and service sectors in the total gross value. In certain sectors –
especially textiles, clothing, footwear, vehicles and food products – the region has attained a significant
degree of competitiveness with foreign producers. The region has a good network of roads. Apulia's 800
kilometers of coastline is studded with ports, which make this region an important terminal for transport
and tourism towards Greece and eastern Mediterranean.
Foggia
The city’s name derives from Fovea, a food
container, such as corn.
The heyday of the city came about with
Federico II of Svevia.
He built the impressive imperial palace .
The dauno Subappennino is an area in the province of Foggia.The
name derives from the people who inhabited this area, Daunian.
This area is composed of many small towns such as: Pietra
Montecorvino, Casalvecchio di Puglia, Alberona, Volturino, Volturara,
San Marco La Catola, Carlantino.
GARGANO
GARGANO is a historical and geographical
italian sub-region situated in APULIA,
consisting of a wilde isolated mountain
massif made of high land and several
peaks and forming the backbone of the
Gargano promontory, projecting into the
Adriatic Sea. The gargano peninsula is
partly covered by the remains of an
ancient forest, Foresta Umbra.
A tract of forest Umbra
The coast of Gargano is rich in
beakes and tourist facilities. Vieste,
Peschici and Rodi Garganico are
word-wide-famous seaside resort
locations. The formation of the
Gargano promontory dates back to
the jurrasic period , when they filed
the oldest rocks, now visible in
outcrop.
Vieste is the most important town
in the Gargano wet from the sea,
located right in the middle of a
beautiful coastal area. Famous is,
the legend of Pizzomunno. Now
Vieste is one of the favorite
destinations of tourism in the
Gargano, to the beautiful natural
landscapes, but also for
the historical remains. Wonderful
is medieval village, stands on a
rocky promontory, and on top of
it, not far from the Castle (which
was built by Frederick II in 1240),
the Basilica , one of the oldest
examples of Apulian architecture.
The white monolith Pizzomunno
Vieste, medieval
village
Rodi Garganico is an Italian town of
3,673 inhabitants in the province of
Foggia, Apulia. It is part of the
Gargano National Park and
the Mountain Community of Gargano.
It is a known center for the
production of citrus since middle ages.
The economy is based mainly on
agriculture and tourism. The two
sectors are expanding mutually
mingling farm products and
traditional food, in the area. As
for the primary sector is also
present in the fishery, although
addressed to the local market.
" If a poet could see the gardens of Rhodes, he
could not refrain from talking in verse.”
MICHELANGELO MANICONE
Gargano is not just seaside, the
vegetation is very rich and it makes the
national park of Gargano. The National
Park of Gargano is a protected area. It
is located in Apulia, and specifically in
the extreme northeastern part, often
called "Spur of Italy’’.
Welcome to the South of
Puglia!
Our journay is beginning from Bari’s land…
Land of Bari
The land of Bari (Italian for “Terra di Bari")
in antiquity ”Peucetia” and in the Middle Ages “Ager
Barianus” (Latin for "field of Bari"), is the region around
Bari in Apulia.
It became a province in the Two Sicilies. Today it is a part of
the Province of Bari in Italy. Since 2005 it refers to
the
metropolitan
area
of
the
city
and
is
trademarked for touristic purposes.
The north of the Terra is called the ’’Capitanata’’ and the
south ’’Terra d'Otranto’’.
Bari is the capital city of the province of Bari and of
the Apulia (or, in Italian, Puglia) region, on the Adriatic
Sea, in Italy.
It is the second most important economic centre of
mainland Southern Italy after Naples, and is well known as
a port and university city.
The city was probably founded by the Peucetii.
It’s celebrated for the
Saint Nicola’s Church which
was built in romanic style,
between 1089 and 1197.
Table of Apulias…
The Tavoliere delle Puglie is a plain in northern Apulia.
The name Tavoliere derives from the Latin term Tabulae censuariae,
tables on which the Romans classified the areas devoted to sheep
farming or agriculture.
In winter the plain is sometimes subject to floods by the Ofanto and
the Fortore, while in summer drought is frequent.
The main centres, from north to south, are San Severo, Lucera,
Foggia and Cerignola.
…and its most important attractions
Alberobello:
It is a small town
and comune in the province
of Bari, in Puglia, Italy. It has
about 11,000 inhabitants and
is famous for its
unique trulli constructions. The
Trulli of Alberobello are part of
the UNESCO World
Heritage sites list since 1996.
Castel del Monte:
It is a 13th century castle situated
in Andria in the Apulia region of
southeast Italy. It was built by the Holy
Roman Emperor Frederick II some time
between 1240 and 1250; it has been
despoiled of its interior marbles and
furnishings in subsequent centuries.
Grotte di Castellana are subterranean karst cavities located within the homonymous
town near the city center, in the province of Bari. Their particular origins are subject of
studies and caving tour itinerary greatly appreciated.
Il Salento:
LU SULE, LU MARE, LU JENTU
( sun, sea,wind)
Salento (Salentu in local dialect) is the south-eastern extremity of
the Apulia region of Italy. It is a sub-peninsula of the main Italian
Peninsula, sometimes described as the "heel" of the Italian "boot". It
encompasses the entire administrative area of the province of Lecce,
a large part of the administrative area of Brindisi and part of that
of Taranto. The peninsula is also known as Terra d'Otranto.
The wonderlands of Salento
Gallipoli:
Is one of the tourists’
favorite place where you can
see beautiful landscapes and
have a bath in a crystalline
sea.
Lecce:
Is a cultural and seaside
resort. Here you can visit the
Cathedral square, the
Amphitheater and more and
more monuments.
Taranto:
It is an important
commercial and military
port. It has well-developed
steel and iron foundries, oil
refineries, chemical works,
some shipyards for building
warships, and foodprocessing factories.
Porto Cesareo:
It is a town where there
are particular Sea Towers
built to defend the land
from invaders and pirates.
We hope to show you
the best, and you’ll
love our lands.
Created by:
Sara, Martina, Elena,
Mariateresa, Ilaria,
Deborah, Serena and
Maria.
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