The first thing that comes to mind when Apulia is mentioned is of course the trullo, an unusual limestone house topped with a conical roof. Many go as far back as the 15th century and used to be the homes of peasant families.

Fifty million olive trees grow on Puglian land and the region produces over 60% of the olive oil in Italy. It also makes the most wine and is therefore called the "cellar of Italy".

It is one of the only places in the world where you will find an octagonal castle, Castel del Monte, in Andria.

Lecce has been dubbed the "Florence of the South". Wandering the streets of this lovely baroque town, it is easy to understand why.

And did you know that the notorious Via Appia could take you on a journey starting in Rome and ending up in Puglia?

Its capital, Bari, offers stunning architecture, including the Basilica of San Nicola, the saint who inspired Santa Claus. It is the oldest remaining building in the city.

As for Alberobello, it is the home of an astounding thousand trulli, which put the town on the UNESCO World Heritage list.

Have we piqued your curiosity? Casa in Italia has a selection of trulli for you to choose from.


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