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About Apulia - Puglia in Italy

Daily Weather: Apulia - Puglia
Population: 4,020,707 (2003 census)
Area: 19,366 sq. km (7468 sq.miles)
Provinces: Bari, Brindisi, Foggia, Lecce and Taranto
Capital City: Bari
Official web site: Apulia - Puglia
Wikipedia: Apulia - Puglia
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About Apulia

Apulia is a many-sided country, heterogeneous both from its geographical and morphological points of view, as well as under the aspects of culture and history.

In Bari - Apulia's capital city - they say: "If Paris was by the sea, it would be like a small Bari". Presumption or arrogance? No, just pride (for which these people are famous, apart from their strong sense of humour). The pride of living in a city that successfully blends art and deep historic roots with a very modern spirit of business enterprise. Traditionally the "land's end" that bridged Italy with the worlds of Greece and the Middle East, Bari enjoyed its "golden age" during medieval times. The Cathedral and Church of St. Nicholas with their Romanesque forms, bear majestic witness to that period. Traces of the ancient trading and social contacts with the Greek world can be seen in the Archaeological Museum. The blend of history and art that characterizes the monuments of Bari is reflected in many areas of Apulia, where you will often discover cathedrals built during the medieval era such as in Brindisi, Andria, Barletta, Trani, Ruvo di Puglia, Lucera, Troia, Manfredonia, Otranto, and Gallipoli. Belonging to another era yet equally precious and extraordinary is the flourishing of the baroque architecture in the town of Lecce. In Taranto, the Archaeological Museum has sections of the more remote past. And Alberobello, in the province of Bari, is the capital of the Trulli, singular domains dating back to pre-history no less.

The appearacne of a Trullo, a timeless rural building, has always been associated with Apulia as one of the most typical expressions of its rural soul. It populates the provinces of Bari, Brindisi and Taranto, but is represented at its best in the town of Alberobello, which was lately included into UNESCO's world heritage sites. The trullo architecture is based on the joining of a conical shape to an underlying, usually cubic structyure; the covering of the building is formed by the socalled false dome, obtained by the overlapping of concentrical slate rows, which get closer to the centre as the dome rises. The keystone is marked by the typical cuspidated element usually adorned with a stone globe or a pinnacle of various shape. The entrances of older trulli differ in that they have a stone lintel under a discharging arch. A typical trullo in the town of Alberobello and its surroundings consists of mainly two parts: a central square room, covered by the false dome, seen from the outside as the cone roof, and a few attached smaller rooms for specific purposes) opening onto the central room and looking from the outside as protuberances or bulges connected to the main dome. As to nature's wonders, Apulia offers an extraordinary intermingling of mountains, woods and uncontaminated sea, for which the promontory of the Gargano in the province of Foggia is so well renowned.(Part of the Contents taken from ENIT 's Official Website. Part of the Photos taken from "Apulia - Masserie, Trulli and Country Life" by Regione Puglia). Travel Plan.


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