Excursions and attractions in PUGLIA close to ACQUAVIVA BARI, ITALY Casamassima Cassano delle Murge Rutigliano: 'TERRA DI BARI DOP' 'ALBEROBELLO' 'MATERA' 'PARCO NATURALE REGIONALE LAMA BALICE' 'PARCO NATURALE REGIONALE TERRA DELLE GRAVINE' 'LA FORESTA MERCADANTE' 'CASTELLO NORMANNO' 'THE TRULLI' 'CHIESA RUPESTRE DI MADONNA DELL'IDRIS' 'TEATRO PETRUZZELLI' 'GROTTE DI SANTA CROCE' 'WWF: OASI LAGO DI SAN GIULIANO' 'SASSI' 'PANE DI ALTAMURA DOP' 'GROTTE DI CASTELLANA' 'CRIPTA DEL PECCATO ORIGINALE' 'CHIESA DI SAN PIETRO CAVEOSO' 'CASAMASSIMA' 'ARANCIA DURETTA DEL GARGANO' 'TARALLI PUGLIESI' 'PARCO DELLA MURGIA MATERANA' 'BARI' 'ALTAMURA' 'UVA DI PUGLIA IGP' 'CATTEDRALE DI SAN SABINO'
Le Puglie, the Italian name of this region, is in the plural form and, in fact, this is a place that conceals many souls. The 'heel' of the boot, Apulia , as it is known in English, is,an enchanting region that lays amid nature, history, tradition, gusto and spirituality, to be visited all year round. Sea lovers can take their pick, choosing between the cliffs of Otranto and Santa Maria di Leuca, the meeting point between the Ionian and the Adriatic Sea, or Gallipoli, the 'Gem of Salento' and the Gargano, the 'Spur of Italy', jutting out to the clear sea water that guards the beautiful Tremiti Islands. Nature is again the protagonist in the Murgia National Park and the Gargano National Park with its wild Umbrian forest, its salt pans and lakes, the deep ravines of Laterza and the wide dolines of Altamura, which distinguish the hinterland of the region with their charming sceneries. To those who want to plunge into history, Apulia offers a wide range of places that tell the ancient origins of this land: from prehistory to Magna Graecia, from the Imperial Age to the Renaissance and the baroque splendour of Lecce and the Salento area. The provinces of the region are: Bari (regional capital), Brindisi, Foggia, Lecce and Taranto.