About Bari
Apulia is a land with thousand different facets. Actually, it used to be called “Le Puglie”, underlining with the name in the plural the variety of microcosms that make up its many-sided identity.
This mainly flat and dry region stretching along the sea is rich in ground water and karst phenomena. The rough landscape is marked by limestone, red soil, huge trees, dry riverbeds of former streams and vast areas of farmland.
A first trip to Apulia seems almost a challenge; more than one famous traveller of the past was struck, bewildered, almost irritated by the impossibility of grasping this country as a whole at first sight. More than one traveller (whether famous or not) decided to stay or could not help coming back, bewitched by its landscape, history, art, by its people and fascinating sensation of being in a borderland between two worlds, Europe and East, looking at the future and yet clinging to the past.
It takes time to get to know and understand Apulia even to those who have put down roots there; one has to get used to the slow and typically Mediterranean rhythm of life, but also to the fast pace of the Levantine nature. One has to travel all over it, walk along its streets, let oneself down its bowels and climb up its steepest ridges.
The flatness of Apulia is a mere tale, as one can tell from the environmental features and the “sub-regions” characterized by an unquestionable historical and cultural homogeneity: Capitanata and Gargano, Terra di Bari, Murge, Valle d'Itria and Salento, are not just geographical names but rather the tesserae of an enchanting mosaic created by history in a cultural melting pot.
A mosaic made of sand and stone, lush mountains and fields of wheat, orchards and olive groves as far as the eye can see, rocky hills, silent lagoons and subterranean caves, modulded and modified by man, who has succeded in the course of time in making this soil - a soil probably destined to perennial drought - fertile and rich, and who built dolmens and menhirs, castles and cathedrals, abbey and sanctuaries, museums and palaces, villas and farms, towers and trulli on it.
Today, those who choose to visit Apulia will still find all this and much more, because Apulia is a land of arts, civilizations, colours, traditions and charming atmospheres for all seasons.