Things to do in Puglia, Italy
Dreamed of going to Italy but not sure of what destination to choose. Puglia is a southern region forming the heel of Italy’s “boot,” it's known for its whitewashed hill towns, centuries-old farmland and hundreds of kilometres of Mediterranean coastline. Here is a list of things you should do whilst visiting:
1. Castel del Monte
You'll see Castel del Monte, an incredibly exact geometric shape on a hilltop, from miles away. It's one of southern Italy's most talked about landmarks and a Unesco World Heritage Site. It was not built to defend anything, as it has no moat or drawbridge, no arrow slits, and no trapdoors for pouring boiling oil on invaders.
2. The Cathedral
Mosaics, skulls, crypts and biblical-meets-tropical imagery. Otranto's cathedral is like no other in Italy. It was built by the Normans in the 11th century, incorporating Romanesque, Byzantine and early Christian styles with their own, and has been given a few face lifts since. Covering the entire floor is a vast 12th-century mosaic of a beautiful tree of life balanced on the back of two elephants.
3.Grotte di Castellana
These spectacular limestone caves are Italy's longest natural subterranean network. It contains an incredible range of underground landscapes, with extraordinary stalactite and stalagmite formations – look out for the jellyfish, the bacon and the stocking. You may also see various bats and bugs that live there.
4. Punta Prosciutto
It is one of the top beaches, one of the wildest ones of all Salento. Up to 8 metres of high dunes covered with Mediterranean vegetation, wetlands behind them, a few homes can be found nestled in the summer vegetation. Kilometres of seaside with a few beach resorts, some old-style supermarkets and a few bars. For the rest, sand and sea.
5. Parco dei Dinosauri
Visiting the Dinosaur Park of Castellana Grotte will take you back in time, but so far behind, to give you the opportunity to learn about the animals that gave life to the world that we live on today. A guide will accompany you, allowing children and adults to travel to the past of our planet Earth: from the primary era, Paleozoic Era, with primordial fish, amphibians and reptiles, such as the Dimetrodon. It's something fun for the whole family to enjoy.