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Apulia Travel Guide

APULIA, a balcony on the Mediterranean


  Apulia, the land of passage, land between two seas, balcony on the Mediterranean, crossed by marine and land routes, that remember memorable, mythical and historical peregrinations.

For example the mysterious peoples of the Pelasgi, the mythical landing place of the Cretesi and the Greeks, literary navigation from "Eneide" and from "Odissea", and the historical migrations of the Japigi, Dauni, Peucezi and Messapi. From the prehistoric civilisations Apulia has inherited a concentration of dolmen and menhir equal only to that of Bretagna. Its splendid cathedrals constitute one of the most fascinating Italian destinations. Over the centuries we have taken care of those who cross our region, always with the intention to help when needed. It is easy to see why tourists flock the region to enjoy the warmth and hospitality of the locals and to wonder at its majestic surroundings.

The Trullis of Alberobello
The Trullis of Alberobello
Alberobello rises on two hills, the hill facing the oriental has a new city with modern architectural characteristics; on the other facing West you will find the "Trulli” in an urban agglomeration divided in the two neighbourhoods. Mountains and Aia Piccola are both national Monuments that from December 1996 have been recognized by the U.N.E.S.C.O. as a World Patrimony of humanity.
The history of this unusual town dates back to the second half of the XVI century with a small feud under the dominion of the Acquavivas. The counties of Conversano started to become populated with farmers that worked this fertile zone. These counties authorized farmers to build the residences without cement so that they could be destroyed in case of regal inspection as the birth of an urban agglomeration demanded the payment of tax which the farmers could not afford. In the year of 1797 a group of brave alberobellesi, tired of their precarious situation went to Taranto to ask the aid of the King Ferdinando IV of Borbone. The king listened and promised to help. On May 27, 1797, the King Ferdinando IV of Borbone liberated the village.

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