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Taranto's new town is a pleasant surprise...
This new kid on the block serves reliably good dishes including fried ricotta antipasti and roasted veal chops...
Neighbourhoods & Villages
Within the old town quarter of Rione Monti more than 1000 trulli cascade down the hillside, most of which are now souvenir shops...
The Chiesa dei SS Nicolò e Cataldo, near Porta Napoli , was built by the Normans in 1180...
In a beautiful, historic building, this classy restaurant and oyster bar is the place for simple, exquisitely cooked seafood. Finish with the local speciality spumone (a hazelnut ice-cream confection)...
Castles, Palaces & Mansions
Frederick II’s enormous castle, shows just what a big fish Lucera once was in the Puglian pond...
Buy the local speciality here: ostie ripiene (or ‘stuffed Hosts’) – wafers resembling the Hosts used at Mass, filled with caramelised almonds...
Food & Drink
Silvestro Silvestori's splendid culinary and wine school provides day or weeklong courses with market shopping, tours, tastings, noteworthy lecturers – and lots of hands-on cooking...
In the centre, on the highest point of the island, is this 17th-century baroque cathedral, lined with paintings by local artists. Zimbalo, who imprinted Lecce with his crazy baroque styles, also worked on the facade.
This excellent restaurant with stone walls and vaulting, in a street off Corso Italia, has a convivial atmosphere oiled by the region's spumante. Dishes are traditional, with salamis and sausages as the specialities.
This restaurant has a wonderful location on the old city wall...
Religious & Spiritual
Ostuni's annual feast day is held on 26 August, when processions of horsemen dressed in glittering red-and-white uniforms (resembling Indian grooms on their way to be wed) follow the statue of Sant'Oronzo around town.
Head to San Domino for walks, grottoes and coves. It has a pristine, marvellous coastline, and the islands’ only sandy beach, Cala delle Arene . Diving in the translucent sea can be done with Tremiti Diving Center .
Tucked away on an arched alley, is this friendly restaurant, offering great cooking in a stone-vaulted interior...
Organises hiking, cycling and 4WD tours in the Foresta Umbra; boat tours around the Gargano; and gastronomic tours and small group tours into Puglia. It also sells bus tickets and ferry tickets for the Isole Tremiti.
Landmarks & Monuments
A statue of Lecce's patron saint perches precariously on a column in the piazza. The column, originally from Brindisi, marked the end of the Via Appia – the Roman road that stretched from Rome to Brindisi.
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