1. The trulli: these unusual round limestone houses with their cone-shaped roofs are the trademark constructions of this Southern Italian region, especially in the Valle d'Itria. Many go as far back as the 15th century and used to be the homes of peasant families. The most famous place for these houses typical to Apulia is Alberobello, home to the amazing number of a thousand trulli, which put the town on the UNESCO World Heritage list. If we have piqued your curiosity, we invite you to discover Trulli Angelo, a masterpiece of traditional architecture combined with modern design standards.
2. Olive groves: an astounding fifty million olive trees grow on Puglian land and the region handles over 60% of the olive oil production in Italy. Puglia also takes the prize for biggest wine producer and is therefore called the "cellar of Italy".
3. Bari: the capital of Puglia is a port city and its old town is worth a visit. Its most famous building is the Basilica of San Nicola, the saint who inspired Santa Claus.
4. Lecce: nicknamed the "Florence of the Baroque" or "The Rome of the South", Lecce is a marvellous baroque town that reached its pinnacle in the 17th century. Its white stone buildings are extravagantly decorated, with a predilection for cherubs. Lecce is also famous for its papier mâché art.
5. Salento: one of the attractions of this peninsula is the wonderful food. The port town of Brindisi, now also home to an airport, has been playing the role of gate to the region for over 2000 years. The notorious Via Appia starts in Rome and ends there.
6. A few more facts: in Andria you will find Castel del Monte, one of the few octagonal castles in the world. Ostuni is a blindingly white city presiding on top of a hill. Underground churches have been built in the town of Taranto. The Tremiti Islands are part of a marine reserve and perfect for a day trip.