52 attractions you should visit in Apulia - With photos & details

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Apulia is a region of Italy, located in the southern peninsular section of the country, bordering the Adriatic Sea to the east, the Ionian Sea to the southeast, and the Strait of Otranto and Gulf of Taranto to the south. The region comprises 19,345 square kilometers, and its population is about four million.

Albergo Villa San GiovanniStrada Vicinale della Difesa, 71013 San Giovanni Rotondo FG, Italy
Old Towns

Villa San Giovanni is an Italian town of 13 098 inhabitants in the metropolitan city of Reggio Calabria in Calabria.  The city overlooks the Strait of Messina and its port is the main ferry terminal for Sicily. Punta Pezzo, in fact, located in the municipality of Villa, represents the closest point between the Calabrian and Sicilian shores: this has made the city the ideal location for crossing the strait.

Alimini Lakes73028 Otranto, Province of Lecce, Italy
Lake/ River/ Ponds

The Alimini lakes or Limini lakes are two Apulian lakes located north of the city of Otranto, in the province of Lecce. The two lakes are connected by a canal, called Lu Strittu . The name of the place derives from the ancient Greek and Byzantine name λίμνη, which translated into Italian means lake, swamp, or basin. It is almost completely surrounded by a rocky strip, richly covered by thick pine forests and Mediterranean scrub.

Alta Murgia National ParkMetropolitan City of Bari, Italy
National Parks

The Alta Murgia National Park, abbreviated to PnAM, is a national park established in 2004 located in Puglia, in the provinces of Bari and Barletta-Andria-Trani. The administrative headquarters of the Park are in Gravina in Puglia, in Via Firenze n. 10. The park has an extension of 68,033 hectares. It extends in the highest part of the north-west Murge plateau.  It coincides with a part of the largest special protection area established to protect the steppe to grasses, the habitat of the lesser

Altopiano delle MurgeAltopiano delle Murge, 70037 Ruvo di Puglia, Metropolitan City of Bari, Italy
Outdoors- Other

The Altopiano delle Murge is a rectangular karst topographic plateau in southern Italy. Most of it is within Apulia and corresponds to the sub-region known as Murgia or Le Murge. The plateau is mainly located in the metropolitan city of Bari and the province of Barletta-Andria-Trani, but extends into the provinces of Brindisi and Taranto to the south, and in Matera in Basilicata to the west. The name is believed to come from Latinmurex, which means "sharpened stone".

Aragonese Castle of OtrantoPiazza Castello, 73028 Otranto LE, Italy
Iconic Buildings

The castle of Otranto is the fortress of the homonymous city located in Puglia, in the province of Lecce. The castle, which gave its name to the first Gothic novel in history, is closely related to the city walls with which it forms a single defensive apparatus. The current appearance of the fort is in fact due to Spanish Viceroys, who made it a real masterpiece of military architecture: extraordinary defense works were implemented in 1535 by Don Pedro of Toledo.

Baia dei TurchiLocalità Baia dei Turchi, 73028 Otranto LE, Italy
Outdoors- Other

The Baia dei Turchi , a few kilometers north of Otranto , is the place where, according to tradition, the Turkish warriors landed during the siege of the city of Otranto in the 15th century ( Battle of Otranto ). Sandy and unspoiled, the bay belongs to the precious protected oasis of the Alimini Lakes , one of the most important ecosystems of Salento and Puglia.

Basilica Cattedrale di San SabinoPiazza dell'Odegitria, 70122 Bari BA, Italy
Churches

The Bari Cathedral is a religious building of Bari in the region of Apulia in Italy. Although less known than the Basilica of San-Nicola is the seat of the archbishopric of Bari-Bitonto. It is dedicated to Sabin Canosa, a bishop of the vi th century whose relics were made to the ix th  century .  The current building was built between the xii th and xiii th centuries, on the site of the ruins of the imperial Byzantine cathedral destroyed in 1156 by William I st of Sicily.

Basilica San NicolaLargo Abate Elia, 13, 70122 Bari BA, Italy
Churches

The Basilica of St. Nicholas was built in the late 11th century to shelter and venerate the relics of St. Nicholas that reached Bari on May 9th, 1087 from the homonymous church in Myra, Lycia. The classical Romanesque-style basilica is located within the ancient fortified citadel, once occupied by the Catapan Court. It was originally constructed to house the relics of St Nicholas, which were stolen from Turkey in 1087 by local fishing folk. Today, it is an important place of pilgrimage for both

Capraia IslandCapraia Island, Isole Tremiti Province of Foggia, Italy
Islands

Capraia Isola is an Italian town of 392 inhabitants in the province of Livorno, corresponding to the homonymous island of the Tuscan Archipelago.  It is found at 64  km from Livorno, 53 km from the Piombino promontory, 37 km from Gorgona, and 31 km from Corsica. It is the least populated Italian municipality among those with an outlet to the sea.  Since 1996 it has been part of the Tuscan Archipelago National Park.

Castel del MonteSS170dir, km 0, Strada Statale 170, 76123 Andria BT, Italy
Iconic Buildings

Castel del Monte, located in the municipality of Andria, rises on a rocky hill dominating the surrounding countryside of the Murgia region in southern Italy near the Adriatic Sea. A unique piece of medieval architecture, it was completed in 1240. Because of its relatively small size, it was once considered to be no more than a "hunting lodge", but scholars now believe it originally had a curtain wall and did serve as a citadel.

Castello AragonesePiazza Castello, 4, 74123 Taranto TA, Italy
Iconic Buildings

The Aragonese Castle, also known as Castel Sant'Angelo, is the main fortification in Taranto and marks the boundary between the old and the new part of the town.  The fortress was designed in the late 15th century by Francesco di Giorgio Martini, upon request of the Aragon King Ferdinand I of Naples, who wanted it for defensive purposes. it is one of the main attractions in this area which welcomes a lot of tourists.

Castello Normanno-SvevoVia Pier l'Eremita, 25/b, 70122 Bari BA, Italy
Iconic Buildings

The Norman-Swabian castle of Bari, a symbolic building of the city of Bari, is an imposing fortress that stands on the edge of the old city.  Since December 2014, the Ministry for Cultural Heritage and Activities has been managing it through the Puglia museum complex, which in December 2019 became the Regional Museum Directorate. The castle is surrounded by a moat on all sides, except the northern section, which was bordering the sea and can be accessed from the bridge and the gate on the southe

Cathedral of Saint Mary of the AnnouncementPiazza Basilica, 1, 73028 Otranto LE, Italy
Churches

The cathedral of Santa Maria Annunziata is the most important Catholic place of worship in the city of Otranto, the mother church of the homonymous archdiocese. In July 1945, Pope Pius XII elevated the cathedral to the dignity of a minor basilica.  The cathedral, built on the remains of a Messapian village, a Roman Domus, and an early Christian temple, was founded in 1068 by the Norman bishop Guglielmo. It is a synthesis of different architectural styles including Byzantine, Early Christian, and

Church of the Holy CrossVia Umberto I, 1, 73100 Lecce LE, Italy
Churches

The Basilica di Santa Croce is the main Franciscan church in Florence, Italy. It is a minor basilica of the Roman Catholic Church. The church is a gleaming riot of sculptural decoration that resembles a wedding cake. Lecce is called the "Florence of the south," and this church is the symbol of Lecce's Baroque splendor that earned it that name. One of the main pilgrimage centres in this area and a tourist attraction too.

Gallipoli castlePiazza Imbriani Ingresso dal mercato coperto, 73014 Gallipoli LE, Italy
Iconic Buildings

The castle of Gallipoli , almost completely surrounded by the sea, stands with its imposing mass at the eastern end of the island that is home to the ancient village. Probably built as early as the 11th century on pre-existing Roman fortifications, it was rebuilt in the 13th century in the Byzantine era. It was remodeled several times by the conquerors who followed one another over the centuries.

GarganoGargano, 71013 San Giovanni Rotondo, Province of Foggia, Italy
Outdoors- Other

The Gargano, sometimes nicknamed the spur of Italy, is a subregion of Italy coinciding with the homonymous mountain promontory that extends in the northern part of Puglia and corresponds to the north-eastern sector of the province of Foggia. Semi-surrounded by the Adriatic Sea, but limited to the west by the Tavoliere delle Puglie, its territory includes the Gargano National Park. The Gargano peninsula is partly covered by the remains of an ancient forest, Foresta Umbra, the only remaining part

Gargano National ParkProvince of Foggia, Italy
National Parks

The Gargano National Park Covering more than 120,000 hectares, the Gargano National Park is well worth exploring, with its ancient forests and islands bathed in crystal-clear waters. The Park harbors several protected areas, including the Marine Reserve of the Tremiti Islands, an area unlike anywhere else thanks to the extraordinary beauty of its sea beds and natural caves. Inland, the Gargano promontory is home to the last pocket of the verdant Umbra Forest, which was already a vast habitat in

Grotta Zinzulusa73030 Castro, Province of Lecce, Italy
Caves

The Zinzulusa is a natural coastal cave located along the Salento coast between Castro and Santa Cesarea Terme, one of the best known anchialine caves in southern Italy.  The name of the cave derives from the dialect word " zinzuli ", rags, and is due to the karst formations, in particular stalactites , which hang from the ceiling as if they were hanging rags. The formation of the cave, which occurred due to marine erosion, dates back to the Pliocene period.

Grotte di CastellanaPiazza Franco Anelli, 70013 Castellana Grotte BA, Italy
Caves

The caves of Castellana are a complex of underground caves of karst origin of speleological and tourist interest, located in the Italian municipality of Castellana Grotte, in Puglia.  Attached to the complex there is a speleological museum. The entrance is represented by an enormous vertical tunnel 60 meters long. The main cave is named "La Grave",  and others are named Black Cavern, White Cave, and Precipice Cavern.

Isola dei ConigliIsola dei Conigli, Italy
Islands

L ' Island of Rabbits is a Italian island belonging to ' archipelago of the Pelagie Islands, in Sicily. The islet, of 4.4 hectares, protected natural reserve, is located within a bay elected by TripAdvisor users, in the Travelers' Choice Awards, the most beautiful beach in the world in 2013, Europe and of Italy in 2014, 2015 and 2019.

Map of attractions in Apulia