The history

A brief look at the history of Puglia ...

Puglia is an ancient land, the first stories of the region date back to the Apulians (VII-VI century BC) who first colonized this rich and fertile land, the same name of the region is expected to come from these people. Roman historians called Apulia this territory and Apulian its inhabitants. Other sources say that the term Puglia derives from the Latin word apluvium, indicating a land with no water surface due to the lack of rain.

During the Greek colonization of Magna Grecia (VIth century), which included all the southern colonies of the peninsula founded in that period as Taras (Taranto), Sidion, (Gravina), Canusion (Canosa), Kallipolis (Gallipoli), Apeneste (morning), Argyrippa- Arpi (Foggia). Among these, the famous Taranto will be celebrated by the great author Strabo in his masterpiece Geography, in the chapters devoted to Apulia (Books V-VI).

A witness to the Roman period and visible even today is the Via Appia Traiana (the Appia route), built by the Emperor Trajan, which connected Rome to Brindisi, limiting the coastal strip. Along the Via Appia Traiana is crossed Beneventum (Benevento), Aecae (Troy), Herdoniae (Ordona), Canusium (Canosa), Barium (Bari) and Egnatia (Egnatia). To this period belong the Roman Amphitheatre of Lucera (Foggia) and Lecce, and the city of Egnatia, a few kilometers south of Monopoli (Bari), with there are the remains of the Roman city.

Latins, Byzantines, Greeks, Lombards, Arabs, Normans, Swabians, Angevins, Aragonese contributed to a multicultural exchange represented today by a mixture of styles, cultures, trends that makes the Puglia unique, the two major cultural routes of castles and Apulian-Romanesque cathedrals are drawn on these testimonies.

The mystery of Castel del Monte found in its unique octagon shape, the meaning of the symbols on the Trulli of Alberobello and the cult of St. Michael Lombard of the Basilica of St. Michael the Archangel express rituals and traditions that create emotions.

A landscape of lush green hills, olive groves with age-old olive trees, sculptures natural and lush vineyards, dotted with beautiful old towns rich in art, history and culture. Miles of coastline interspersed with wild trees lookout towers and lighthouses white crystal clear waters beaches.

The magical atmosphere of our earth has inspired many international film makers. Visitors are captivated by the warmth of the numerous events and summer festivals, many of which take place under the starry sky of Puglia.

The restaurants and trattorias offering the best of our traditional cuisine of Puglia. The shops offer and distribute local produce from the hinterland who is from the coastal areas to offer visitors a myriad of typical and goodness of the excellence of the simple and well-known cuisine of Puglia, such as oil, wine, bread, cheese, vegetables and meats.

The warm hospitality of the people of Puglia make visitors feel at home. Our people, the people of Apulia, welcome visitors with a friendly smile and a warm heart, offering to anyone willing to visit or need help their availability, the journey begins: Welcome to Puglia!

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