Located in the heel of Italy, Puglia is agricultural and rustic with silver olive groves and hilltop and coastal towns. It is a lush, largely flat farming region, with an extensive limestone rock coastline and long sandy beaches. A favorite destination for Italian vacationmakers, Puglia comes alive in the summer time with festivals, concerts and events.
The cuisine here is fantastic with such abundant local vegetables and produce. Olive oil, tomatoes, artichokes, salami, mushrooms, olives and seafood are just some of the produce that make the region's legendary cucina povera. The region is not one of Italy's traditional tourist destinations, but it is becoming increasingly popular as travelers discover the area's varied charms: baroque towns, white-washed trullo houses, olive groves and orchards, blue sea and beaches, plenty of sunshine and excellent cuisine.