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WWF: OASI ACQUAVIVA DELLE FONTI

WWF: OASI ACQUAVIVA DELLE FONTI  Apri
Loc. ACQUAVIVA DELLE FONTI - PUGLIA  Navigatore
25 Km from MAROSA
  Area Casamassima, Cassano delle Murge, Rutigliano
  Brochure PDF
The Oasis Gioacchino Carone is located in the town of Acquaviva delle Fonti (Ba) . The area of 2.5 hectares , spread along the right bank of a channel called blade Baron . Interesting is the presence of a dense shrub vegetation of considerable interest. The aim of the group is to maintain and improve this strip of vegetation that , along with the rest of the bed of the channel , which is also similar characteristics , have now taken on the character of rarity throughout the province of Bari and Apulia in general. environment Interesting is the presence of a dense shrub vegetation of considerable interest primarily to the presence of Kermes oak , are also common gorse , as well as the cistus of Montpellier in large size . There is a considerable presence of birds such as warblers and in particular of Warbler , Whitethroat , Blackcap and other species such as robin , Stonechat , blue, great, serins , finches . In summer it is possible to observe several examples of kestrel, kestrel and red-footed falcon intent to hunt in the surrounding areas . The aim of the group is to maintain and improve this strip of vegetation that , along with the rest of the bed of the channel is also similar characteristics , have now taken on the character of rarity throughout the province of Bari and Apulia in general .

TEATRO PETRUZZELLI

TEATRO PETRUZZELLI  Apri
Loc. BARI, ITALIA - PUGLIA  Navigatore
27 Km from MAROSA
  Area Casamassima, Rutigliano, Acquaviva delle Fonti
The Petruzzelli Theatre, owned by the family Messeni Nemagna, is the ultimate cultural center of the city of Bari, the fourth Italian theater in size and the largest private theater of Europe. Located in the heart of the city, overlooking Corso Cavour. On its south wall ends via De Giosa, behind the palace Apulian Aqueduct.

UVA DI PUGLIA IGP

UVA DI PUGLIA IGP  Apri
Loc. RUTIGLIANO BA, ITALIA - PUGLIA  Navigatore
12 Km from MAROSA
  Area Casamassima, Acquaviva delle Fonti, Bari
IGP Uva di Puglia 'is reserved for table grapes of varieties Italian b., Regina b., Victoria b., Michele Palieri n., Red Globe rs., produced in the defined area. Consumer Features must have the following characteristics: - The whole cluster must be of not less than 300 grams; - Berries must present a calibration of not less than 21 mm for Victoria, 15 mm for the Queen, 22 mm for Italy, Michele Palieri and Red Globe (equatorial diameter); - The color is pale straw yellow for the Italian variety, and Queen Victoria, a deep velvety black varieties Michele Palieri and a rose dore' for the Red Globe variety; - The juice of the grapes must have a value not less than 14 Brix for the Italian variety, Queen and Red globe; 13 Brix for the varieties Victoria and Michael Palieri. For all varieties, the value of the ratio Brix / total acidity must be at least 22. Method of production - New vineyards will be built on well-drained soils, permeable and free from rot outbreaks of agents and carriers of the virus without damaging the screw using only certified rootstocks. - The training for the construction of vineyards with grapes pergola roof is horizontal, the tent. - The density of plantation should be between a minimum of 1.100 and a maximum of 2,100 vines / ha. - The distance between the rows must be between 2.2 and 3 m. - The production of grape must not be higher than 30 t / ha. - On defense phytoiatric, are permitted operations environmentally friendly and using only pesticides based on active ingredients registered for the lives of table grapes, as indicated in the specification of integrated production of table grapes of Puglia Region. - The pruning should be carried out in the period between the period following the fall of the leaves and the previous budding: from December to the end of February of the following year. - It 's allowable coverage of the tent with networks of polyethylene and / or PVC or polyethylene plastic film + EVA and greenhouse cultivation, in order to protect it from hail, wind, rain, and to facilitate the advance maturation or delay in harvesting grapes (the variation of the coverage period). - The grape harvest period runs from the time of the achievement of the minimum quality required by the regulations (for Victoria variety from the beginning of the second decade of July, for the variety Michele Palieri from the beginning of the third decade of July, for the Italian variety, Queen and Red globe since the beginning of the third decade of August). - The packaging must be made within the production area to prevent the transport and excessive handling can damage the grapes altering integrity and color.

PARCO NATURALE REGIONALE DUNE COSTIERE DA TORRE CANNE A TORRE SAN LEONARDO

PARCO NATURALE REGIONALE DUNE COSTIERE DA TORRE CANNE A TORRE SAN LEONARDO  Apri
Loc. PARCO NATURALE REGIONALE DUNE COSTIERE DA TORRE CANNE A TORRE SAN LEONARDO, OSTUNI BR, ITALIA - PUGLIA  Navigatore
38 Km from MAROSA
Altitude: 22 mt. a.s.l.  Area Ostuni, Martina Franca, Alberobello
  Brochure PDF
Located in the territory of the municipalities of Ostuni and Fasano, the Natural Park stretches along 6 km of coastline and goes towards the plain of ancient olive trees, following the course of a few blades, karst phenomena characteristic of the Murgia originated by the erosive action of surface waters. The protected area is composed of numerous habitat result of geological, morphological and climatic conditions. Beach and Dune have a dynamic tem. The appearance of a beach can change in one day. The dunes are born, grow, consolidate, to become fossil dunes, with an age that comes to hundreds of thousands of years. In the area behind the dunes fossils, the olive has ancient origins, as evidenced by the planted several centuries old, which distinguish the agricultural landscape can not be found in other parts of the rich world of underground presses. Many farms, especially fortified, which retain the role as a center of production and processing is also involved farm. The starting point for sightseeing tours and excursions is The House of the Park at the disused railway station of Fontevecchia.

LA FORESTA MERCADANTE

LA FORESTA MERCADANTE  Apri
Loc. FORESTA DI MERCADANTE, S.S. 98, KM35, CASSANO DELLE MURGE BA, ITALIA - PUGLIA  Navigatore
36 Km from MAROSA
  Area Acquaviva delle Fonti, Altamura, Casamassima
The Forest (currently 1,300 hectares) was built to defend Bari from recurring flood disasters. Seventy years ago it was finished planting the Forest Mercadante, now, now, the lung of Bari. In the last three decades, many advances have been recorded, but the most important of all was the confirmation of the interest tourism, closely linked to the increase of the forest, with assiduous care and patient work of three generations, has become the main attraction cassanese and deserves, therefore, to be better known and illustrated. Everyone knows that in the west of Bari there was the mouth of the river Picone who impaludava in the area between the city and the peninsula of San Cataldo; swamp at the beginning of '500 the Duchess of Bari, Isabella of Aragon-Sforza, tried in vain to reclaim, by opening the appropriate access to the sea. The river, meandering through the territories of Cassano, Sannicandro Bitritto, Carbonara Bari, flowed into the center of the creek between Bari and San Cataldo, where he completed the wall of the toll gates erected after 1868 the entrance to the Via Nazionale to Foggia and Naples. His bed, about 35 km long, consists of a long succession of blades dug into the earth's crust, filled with thriving vineyards. But the increase in building of the twentieth century has almost completely erased. The most serious flood in 1567 wiped out all the works carried out over time under a huge blanket of mud and debris. So the quagmire became larger, insidious and unhealthy than ever, took the name of Marisabella to remember the ill-fated attempt of the Duchess Sforza. The 'flood swept February 1905 in Bari, causing 18 dead and thousands homeless and disasters that caught the attention of the competent authorities. The scourge was repeated, with new extremely high damage and other victims, on 3 and September 5, 1915; but there was a terrible war with its pressing needs, and the new disaster gave rise only to long controversy and inadequate half-measures with which pulled forward until the tragic November 6, 1926, when a storm ever seen, after sweeping the 'inadequate trench dam, side swept across the south-west of the capital, submerging under a mass of muddy water up to 60 cm high. and, unfortunately, with another 19 dead and 50 injured! The government of the time, promptly took to heart the question in all its social, geographical, meteorological and economic, and the results of the studies of the various departments concerned, it was decided to detour dell'infausto stream. With thoughtful concern, the Department of Agriculture of Bari and the Agricultural Inspectorate, together with the control of the Forest Service, they prepared the plan for the expropriation of the Royal Decree 12/30/1926 n. 3287: Measures to be taken to the river basin Picone, depending on the flood-up area and in the province of Bari, bordered to the north by the provincial Cassano Altamura, to the east with the locality of Female Life to the West with the of Chiummo (ie small) and lord.

GROTTE DI CASTELLANA

GROTTE DI CASTELLANA  Apri
Loc. GROTTE DI CASTELLANA - PUGLIA  Navigatore
11 Km from MAROSA
  Area Castellana Grotte, Noci, Martina Franca
The Caves of Castellana - a complex of underground caverns karst, typical tourist sites, the most beautiful and spectacular in Italy - are located in the town of Castellana Grotte, about 1.5 km from the town. They grow to a length of 3348 meters and reach a maximum depth of 122 meters from the surface. The indoor temperature is around 16.5 C. Located on the outskirts of the Itria Valley, not far from charming towns such as Alberobello, Cisternino, Polignano a Mare, Castellana Caves are opened in the south-eastern Murgia - 330 m above sea level - Limestone plateau formed in the Late Cretaceous, about ninety-one hundred million years ago. The beauty of the Castellana Caves attracts visitors from all over the world, and from the day they are open to the public, more than 15 million people have walked its streets groundwater. The visit to the Caves winds along a 3 km: an extraordinary guided tour, about 70 feet deep, in a stunning scenery, caves where great names, canyons, deep chasms, fossils, stalactites, stalagmites, concretions forms incredible and amazing colors solicit the imagination of children and adults. The Caves of Castellana are, therefore, fully, a good opportunity to admire one of the most amazing natural a wonderful Apulia.

PARCO NATURALE REGIONALE LAMA BALICE

PARCO NATURALE REGIONALE LAMA BALICE  Apri
Loc. PARCO NATURALE REGIONALE LAMA BALICE, BARI, ITALIA - PUGLIA  Navigatore
35 Km from MAROSA
  Area Casamassima, Rutigliano, Acquaviva delle Fonti
The blades, which are typical of the province of Bari, which are grooves running water of rivers and streams have carved out over time in the limestone of the region and generally from the Murgia plateau to the Adriatic Sea. The natural park of Lama Balice, has an area of approximately 125 hectares and takes its name from one of these incisions through the Murgia plateau in common Bito, and Bari Modugno and reaches the sea. The bed of the blade was once occupied by the river '' Tiflis '', now dried up, which are the remains of prehistoric settlements. Among the main species of the fauna of the park are foxes, frogs, hedgehogs, weasels, moorhen, the knight of Italy, the owl, kestrel, kingfisher, mallard, buzzard , jays and brown-billed wading bird. The different natural environments, however, allow visitors to admire numerous plant species: the carob tree, the oak, laurel, fragno, hawthorn, wild asparagus, wild orchids and herbs such as mint, sage and thyme. The visit to the park Lama Balice is made even more interesting by the presence of olive trees in the adjacent areas and many farms spread throughout the country, among which we highlight Malatesta Villa, Farmhouse and Villa Caffariello Framarino, also a meeting point for excursions in the park regional.

ALBEROBELLO

ALBEROBELLO  Apri
Loc. ALBEROBELLO BARI, ITALY - PUGLIA  Navigatore
22 Km from MAROSA
  Area Alberobello, Castellana Grotte, Grotte di Castellana
Alberobello is situated in the south- east of the province of Bari , near Castellana Grotte, Locorotondo and Putignano. The town was founded in the fifteenth century by Acquaviva - D'Aragona , the Counts of Conversano , an area occupied by a forest of oaks. Typical feature of Alberobello are the trulli , dwellings built with dry stone , base painted with lime and cone -shaped roof made of stone. Alberobello is the only center to preserve the historic core composed entirely of trulli. Internally , the trulli have a central room with a square plan , communicating through arches with the other rooms of the house. Many of the trulli in Alberobello be visited . The trullo highest in the country , called Sovereign Trullo , has two floors and houses a museum . The conical roofs are often embellished with decorations of various shapes drawn with milk of lime, depicting zodiac symbols or religious . In 1996, the town of Alberobello, the heart of the Murgia , was d a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2010 and has been certified by the Italian Touring Club as orange flag . Particularly significant is the church of San Antonio, in the shape of a trullo, with a monumental entrance , the main hall of a Greek cross and the side chapels with vaulted sailing . The house of love , now valuable tourist information point , is the first building in the whole town built with binding materials , such as lime and mortar, as indicated inclusion of 1797 placed next to the door. Definitely worth a visit , a minor basilica of Santi Medici , which houses the image of Our Lady of Loreto and of the patron saints Cosmas and Damian, celebrated on 27 and 28 September .

CATTEDRALE DI SAN SABINO

     

CATTEDRALE DI SAN SABINO  Apri
Loc. BARI CATHEDRAL, PIAZZA DELL'ODEGITRIA, 1, BARI, ITALY - PUGLIA  Navigatore
28 Km from MAROSA
  Area Rutigliano, Casamassima, Acquaviva delle Fonti
Located in the heart of Bari old , the Cathedral of Santa Maria (now San Sabino ) repeats in its severe lines and harmonious architecture of the nearby Basilica of San Nicola . Seat of the Archdiocese, was for centuries the reference point of the clergy and the political power of the city. In the lower part of the facade there are three portals of the eleventh century. The top is decorated with a rosette whose bezel is richly decorated with sculptures of monsters and imaginary creatures . Inside, the church has three naves divided by sixteen grand columns supporting arches and fake galleries . The crypt in the altar preserves the relics of St. Sabinus and the icon of the Madonna Odegitria which , according to tradition , was moved here in the seventh century . On the left side of the transept is located the sacristy , Trulla , cylindrical , perhaps originally a baptistery . Of great historical and artistic value its underground portion called -body in a very impressive tour of the museum with interesting pieces of archeology related to four major historical periods : the Roman phase , the phase of early Christian and medieval and the modern stage . Adjacent to the cathedral, the palace of the Curia , the Diocesan Museum preserves valuable works of art as a record of prestigious commissions understood that beautify the sacred building over the centuries .

TERRA DI BARI DOP

TERRA DI BARI DOP  Apri
Loc. BARI, ITALIA - PUGLIA  Navigatore
27 Km from MAROSA
Altitude: 6 mt. a.s.l.  Area Rutigliano, Casamassima, Acquaviva delle Fonti
  Brochure PDF
NOTES: extra virgin olive oil D.O.P. (Protected Designation of Origin) Terra di Bari is obtained from olives grown according to specific environmental conditions of the area of cultivation. For its production are used exclusively olives harvested areas of Bari, Bitonto, Molfetta, Ruvo, Terlizzi, Bitetto, Acquaviva. USE: raw on salads, vegetables and legumes enhances the flavor. COMPOSITION: Ogliarola part from Bari, part of Coratina ODOR: fruity olive TASTE: fruity with sensation of fresh herbs and slight hint of bitterness and pungency DENSITY: bodied ACIDITY: <= 0.3

GROTTE DI SANTA CROCE

GROTTE DI SANTA CROCE  Apri
Loc. VIA BENEDETTO CROCE, CASTELLANA BA, ITALIA - PUGLIA  Navigatore
11 Km from MAROSA
  Area Grotte di Castellana, Noci, Martina Franca
The cave of the Holy Cross is a particular cavity underground karst, archaeological, caving and tourism. It opens to 113.0 m above sea level on the east side of the homonymous blade located in the countryside of the town of Bisceglie, near the first survey of the southern Murgia. It can be reached by traveling for about 7 km towards the SP Corato 85 Bisceglie - Corato and taking just before the viaduct Holy Cross, on the right the old road that follows the contour of the blade. Here, you can find on the left a path that leads to the open space of the cave more. The site is an important pre-historic site. The area outside and the inside of the cave was inhabited as early as the ancient Neolithic groups of farmers and ranchers. The presence of such a settlement is established by a lithic industry includes about 5,000 pieces. Furthermore, for the reconstruction of paleoclimate have been instrumental in the wildlife discoveries that lead to recognized species of Bos, Canis lupus, Equus caballus, European ass, Dicerorhinus mercki, Hyaena spelaea, Leo Spelaeus, Spelaeus Ursus, Cervus elaphus, Vulpes vulpes, European hare, Alpine chough, Columba livia, Perdix perdix, Alectorix Greek, Athene noctua, Lesser white-fronted goose. The discovery of the cave as Palaeolithic dates back to the mid-1930s by archaeologist Francis Xavier Majellaro, who in 1937 pointed to the Royal Superintendent of Antiquities and Works of Art of Puglia for the scientific and historical significance of the site. The early essays and the first surface surveys were conducted between October 7, 1938 and October 2, 1940, by the same Majellaro with the supervision of Professors Luigi Cardini and Ciro Dragon. In the following years, from 1954 until 1958, took place several excavations financed by the Italian Institute of Paleontology, by the Provincial Tourism and the City of Bisceglie, under the guidance of prof. Cardini. On 25 June 1955, was found a Neanderthal human right femur which is the first finding of a long bone of paleantropo in Italy. Finally, between 1970 and 1994 have been some research undertaken by the University of Bari and investigations caving to the relief of the cave complex.

ARANCIA DURETTA DEL GARGANO

ARANCIA DURETTA DEL GARGANO  Apri
Loc. PUGLIA, ITALIA - PUGLIA  Navigatore
20 Km from MAROSA
Altitude: 382 mt. a.s.l.  Area Grotte di Castellana, Castellana Grotte, Alberobello
The IGP Arancia del Gargano has a spherical shape and a size not overly large. The flavor is sweet and distinctive aroma. Distinguishing factors of the product are the ripening period (late April-May and also August) and the high preservation that allowed these oranges, in the past, to be transported for 30 and even 40 days and arrive intact in Chicago or New York. Since ancient times, The reputation of the Gargano IGP had transcended regional borders and was mentioned in the works of several authors, including the poet Gabriele d'Annunzio. Since the 1700s Gargano citrus fruits become protagonists of a procession that is still held every year in February, in honor of St. Valentine, the patron saint of citrus groves, during which they bless the plants and the fruits of oranges and lemons. Holds numerous records, photographs, poster, posters, demonstrating the fame even internationally from these unique fruit from the Gargano. The first historic references on citrus growing in the area dates back to 1003, thanks to Melo, Prince of Bari, who, wanting to show the Normans the rich production of the Gargano, sent in Normandy the knobs citrine of Gargano, corresponding to melangolo (bitter orange). In the seventeenth century they traded large citrus in the towns of Vico del Gargano and Rodi Garganico with the Venetians. These intense trade continued even in the nineteenth century, and The reputation of the Gargano IGP even reached other European countries and America. The interior of the oranges can be eaten fresh, or squeezed into wedges, or as an ingredient in salads or as a garnish. The oranges can also be cooked as constituents of refined dishes in sweet-sour or used as an alternative for drinks, liqueurs and candied fruit. To peel them to live, you may want to go down with a boxcutter, trying to eliminate as much as possible is the white part of the peel, and the peel until you reach the pulp. With the tip of the knife will then go to separate a slice at a time: in this way the skins of the pulp that divides the cloves will come off easily.

PARCO NATURALE REGIONALE TERRA DELLE GRAVINE

PARCO NATURALE REGIONALE TERRA DELLE GRAVINE  Apri
Loc. PARCO NATURALE REGIONALE TERRA DELLE GRAVINE, TARANTO, ITALIA - PUGLIA  Navigatore
36 Km from MAROSA
  Area Noci, Alberobello, Martina Franca
The Regional Park of the Ravines of the Earth was established December 20, 2005 by LR n. 18 It extends over 13 municipalities of the Province of Taranto (Ginosa, Laterza, Castellaneta, Mottola, Massafra, Palagiano, Palagianello, Statte, Crispiano, Martina Franca, Montemesola, Grottaglie, S.Marzano) and a municipality in the Province Brindisi (Villa Castelli), for a total of approximately 28,000 hectares. Does not exist elsewhere, in all of Western Europe, an area with a similar concentration of rock settlements and archaeological sites, with natural riches and karst features like relevance, with a comparable wealth of biodiversity. The park is among the tools that the legislation on protected areas provides the means that can enable not only the protection of areas of high natural value, but also the enhancement of the historical and cultural landscape that human settlements and agro-forestry -pastorali have resulted in thousands of years. Consequently, the Park can be the instrument to preserve still traditional activities, although they have contributed to the characteristic values and identification of the places, are destined to disappear otherwise. The ravines are deep rocky gorges to karst, which start from the plateau of the Murgia and head towards the sea, the memory of ancient rivers that today are reformed only occasionally, after heavy rains. The significant heights and slopes of the steep slopes of the ravines, as well as their particular microclimate in the time allowed the preservation of habitat extraordinarily rich, both as flora and fauna as microfauna. The morphological features rugged ravines, the presence of numerous caves with thermal stability and the peculiar microclimate favored human settlement, from the Neolithic period until the 50s, with a strong concentration in the medieval period. Numerous and valuable rock settlements, where the cave-dwellings maintained characteristics of continuity with terraces, planted with orchards. All the material of the excavation of the caves were reused to build the cave-houses, fortifications, and dry stone walls of containment. An ingenious tem for collecting and channeling rainwater in water tanks allowed autonomy; the social sites were related to the processing of agricultural products (crushers, mills) and to religious worship (crypts, churches). Many graves dug in the rocky shoals, witnesses customs rituals of burial of the dead. The impressive rock villages are located in Ginosa, Mottola, Grottaglie, Crispiano, Laterza, Statte, Castellaneta, Massafra, Palagianello, sometimes included in the urban environment. Churches, shrines and crypts are often beautiful icons of Byzantine style, representing the Virgin, Christ Pantocrator, Saints and Martyrs. A Massafra Mottola and you can admire the richest and best preserved examples of pictorial rock art and architecture of these sacred places, excavated in the rock.

TARALLI PUGLIESI

TARALLI PUGLIESI  Apri
Loc. BARI - PUGLIA  Navigatore
27 Km from MAROSA
  Area Rutigliano, Casamassima, Acquaviva delle Fonti
The tarallo originally began as a product consumed by farmers when they moved to treat their fields and were away from home for several days. There are several origins of the word TARALLO; some think it comes from the Latin torrere (toast), others say it comes from the greek daratos (a type of bread) or dall'italico TAR (wrap). The original form of Tarallo, formed during the eighteenth century., Was born thanks to the work of the bakers that wound and infornavano the remains of the bread dough creating delicious golden rings. They acquire importance when people start to accompany the wine and to consider them as perfect substitutes of bread to become a snack to enjoy during the cocktail conquering foreign palates. Perfect combination of three simple foods from nature rich in flavor, lightness and freshness, aroma of bread, fragrances wheat fields and authenticity of the garden such as wheat flour, extra virgin olive oil and white wine .

CASTELLO NORMANNO

     

CASTELLO NORMANNO  Apri
Loc. BARI - PUGLIA  Navigatore
28 Km from MAROSA
  Area Rutigliano, Casamassima, Acquaviva delle Fonti
The castle was built by the Normans in the XII century and restored by Frederick II between 1233 and 1240. The castle, located in a central area of Bari, is a spectacular testimony to the medieval building which offers visitors the opportunity to visit one of the most interesting forts in the region. To admire the stone bridge through which you enter the castle, the angular bastions used for the defense of the fort and the numerous towers that characterize the quadrangular structure: the tower of Minors, the tower of Monaco, the tower and the tower of the Wind Semaforo the castle is the seat of the Superintendence for the Architectural and Environmental Heritage History of Puglia and inside it houses the gallery of plaster casts.

BARI

     

BARI  Apri
Loc. BARI - PUGLIA  Navigatore
27 Km from MAROSA
  Area Rutigliano, Casamassima, Acquaviva delle Fonti
Bari is the capital of the region of Puglia and is situated on the coast of the Adriatic Sea and extends between the Gargano and the Cape of Otranto. The city of Bari is divided into two parts: the old part of Byzantine origin and the new part of the early nineteenth century. Historically it was founded by peucezi (a pre-Roman population) and then conquered by the Romans in the second century BC Barium becoming the town hall. Later it was conquered by the Lombards, Byzantines and finally by the Saracens. At the end of the twelfth century a flourishing period spent under the Swabians but then declined as a result of Spanish and Austrian domination. In 1860 he joined the Kingdom of Italy.

CASAMASSIMA

CASAMASSIMA  Apri
Loc. CASAMASSIMA BARI, ITALY - PUGLIA  Navigatore
17 Km from MAROSA
  Area Rutigliano, Acquaviva delle Fonti, Bari
Perched on a hillside, 18 km from Bari, Casamassima was known in the past as the crossroads of Apulia . To give it this name , the strategic location that puts you at the center of the region. The Municipality represented , in fact, an important road connecting the capital of the empire , Rome, Taranto. The territory of Casamassima covers an area of 7,741 acres , the natural end of the Murgia of Bari . Characteristic and of great interest is the Lama San Giorgio , about 10 hectares of forest, covering discontinuous tree layer which is made from various kinds of oaks, a micro- region environment in which they survive plant and animal species unique in the world , many of which are endangered . Still unexplored , however, is the karst landscape with its huge underground caves , characterized by stalactites and stalagmites. Noteworthy , in the territory , including the prehistoric : the menhirs or standing stones and specchie . The first are megaliths of irregular shape , sometimes close to the conical or cylindrical shape , for the most left rough and driven into the ground as they were obelisks . Their meaning and function they had originally , scholars are divided between them . Specchie are , however, piles of stones of varying sizes, some thousands of years, scattered in the woods for a long time remained isolated agro and when those areas were transformed into cultures. It is not inconceivable that , under the specchie , were the tombs of warriors and leaders of armies, who died in battle .

THE TRULLI

THE TRULLI  Apri
Loc. ALBEROBELLO PROVINCE OF BARI, ITALY - PUGLIA  Navigatore
23 Km from MAROSA
  Area Martina Franca, Castellana Grotte, Noci

Unesco World Heritage Site Alberobello is a town of stubby pointed roofs, white-tipped as if dusted by snow. It wouldn't be a surprise to see a gnome pop out to water its windowboxes. The Zona dei Trulli on the western hill of Alberobe is a dense mass of 1500 beehive-shaped houses, dry-stone buildings made from local limestone, none older than the 14th century. Inhabitants disappointingly do not wear pointy hats, but they do sell anything a visitor might want, from miniature trulli to rustic woollen shawls. The town is named after the primitive oak forest Arboris Belli (beautiful trees) that once covered this area. It's an amazing area, but is also something of a tourist trap and from May to October busloads of tourists pile into trullo homes, drink in trullo bars and shop in trullo shops

Excursions and attractions in PUGLIA close to BARI Castellana Grotte Grotte di Castellana Rutigliano: 'WWF: OASI ACQUAVIVA DELLE FONTI'   'TEATRO PETRUZZELLI'   'UVA DI PUGLIA IGP'   'PARCO NATURALE REGIONALE DUNE COSTIERE DA TORRE CANNE A TORRE SAN LEONARDO'   'LA FORESTA MERCADANTE'   'GROTTE DI CASTELLANA'   'PARCO NATURALE REGIONALE LAMA BALICE'   'ALBEROBELLO'   'CATTEDRALE DI SAN SABINO'   'TERRA DI BARI DOP'   'GROTTE DI SANTA CROCE'   'ARANCIA DURETTA DEL GARGANO'   'PARCO NATURALE REGIONALE TERRA DELLE GRAVINE'   'TARALLI PUGLIESI'   'CASTELLO NORMANNO'   'BARI'   'CASAMASSIMA'   'THE TRULLI'  

PUGLIA


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.