Get to know Puglia

Puglia is one of the most beautiful regions in Italy. It is situated on the "southeast heel" of Italy , covers a vast region of 19,345 kilometers (12,000 miles) and has a population of around four million people. Although relatively unknown on the tourist circuit, Puglia has it all: excellent food, delicious wines, beautiful beaches, and fascinating culture.

With the growing number of luxury properties in the area, now is the time when Puglia is making itself known to the whole world. Sun lovers should head to the shallow waters of Marina di Pescoluse to take a nice dip or enjoy some sports on the sand such as volleyball or soccer. You will find a lot of clubs where you can spend a pleasant night out. Most of these sites charge to enter but are not too expensive.

Diving geeks should head to the Tremiti Islands. These five small islands make up the Gargano National Park and are excellent for spending long days diving. Non-divers can spend their free time exploring the deserted coves and hiking through the interior forest. When you return to land, you should not forget to visit the Castel del Monte . It is an old construction dating from the 13th century and was built by Emperor Frederick II.

Next, you must visit the city of Alberobello . It is full of historical buildings made of limestone that were used as houses during the 15th century. Now, they are usually empty except in summer when they are put up for rent for tourists. Lastly, visit Matera . This is a city of white stone, dotted with old cave houses and churches that have been turned into elegant restaurants and hotels.