the ancient Apulia, forms the heel of Italy's
boot, and stretches about 300 kilometers from
north to south. The lengthy coastline stretches
down the Adriatic and round to the Gulf of
Taranto in the Ionian Sea.
Puglia's sandy beaches have
long made it an attractive holiday destination
for northern Italians, but it remains largely
The south is
characterised by a rich but thirsty farmland
given over mostly to olives, vines, cherries and
almonds. The central area includes the
"Murge", areas of limestone heathland
often punctuated by steep and dramatic ravines.