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Cheap flights to Puglia

Apulia (Italian: Puglia) is a region located in Southern Italy that borders the Adriatic Sea in the east, the Ionian Sea to the southeast, and the Strait of Òtranto and Gulf of Taranto in the south. The Salento peninsula, the region’s southernmost potion, is sometimes referred to as the “heel of Italy,” due to its boot-like shape. The region is characterised by a succession of broad plains and low-lying hills, with the only mountainous areas found in the northern part, which includes Gargano promontory and the Monti Dauni. Its capital is Bari. Apulia is one of the country’s richest archaeological regions, with great emphasis on agriculture and service, with a smaller part played by industry.

What to see & do

Although the region, its capital included, is often overlooked, Apulia certainly deserves a second glance – even worthy of a visit. Its improvement and prosperity did a lot to make the region a tourist-friendly destination. Visit the historic old town of Bari Vecchia and stroll along its atmospheric streets; and at night, go to the piazzas and relax at one of its trendy bars or restaurants. If you’re not up for a lot of people, there are quaint parts where you can enjoy a quieter vibe. Visit Pinacoteca Provinciale, which is known for its impressive neoclassical façade, home to a collection that focuses on southern Italian artists and pieces from the 11th, 13th, 15th, 17th, and 19th centuries. There’s also the 12th-century built Basilica di San Nicola, one of the first Norman churches built in southern Italy. The basilica is an excellent example of Puglian-Romanesque architecture and is a significant place of pilgrimage for both Catholics and Orthodox Christians. Piazza del Ferrarese’s elegant entrance to the old town cannot be missed. The piazza is lined with bars and cafes. There are minor contemporary art exhibitions held in Sala Murat.

How to get around within Puglia

The region is served by a secondary bus and railway company called Ferrovie del Sud Est (FSE), which covers the comuni south of Lecce and in the provinces of Bari, Brindisi, and Taranto. It currently has seven railway lines ran by a fleet of 10 trains. The routes covered are Bari–Martina Franca–Taranto, Bari-Casamassima-Putignano, Martina Franca–Lecce, Novoli-Gagliano del Capo, Gallipoli–Casarano, Zollino–Gallipoli, Maglie–Gagliano del Capo, and Lecce–Otranto.

How to get there

Apulia is served by Bari Karol Wojtyła Airport (also known as Palese Airport), located approximately eight kilometres (five miles) northwest from the town centre. There are numerous airlines that operate at the airport, including Air Berlin, Air Dolomiti, Air Europa, Alitalia, B&H Airlines, British Airways, easyJet, Germanwings, Luxair, Meridiana, Ryanair, Transavia, Turkish Airlines, Volotea, Vueling, and Wizz Air, among others. Some of the destinations served are Berlin-Tegel, Munich, Tirana, Milan-Linate, Rome-Fiumicino, Cologne/Bonn, Stuttgart, Düsseldorf, Hamburg, Luxembourg, Olbia, Baden-Baden/Karlsruhe, Beauvais, Bergamo, Berlin-Schönefeld (begins 28 October 2015), Bologna, Cagliari, Charleroi, Genoa, Hahn, London-Stansted, Malta, Pisa, Rome-Fiumicino, Treviso, Trieste, Turin, Weeze, Catania, Palermo, Venice-Marco Polo, Verona, and more. From the airport, you can rent a car and take A14 motorway and the ring road of Baria; or by train, via the Bari metropolitan railway service, which links the airport with the Bari Centrale railway station in the city centre; and by bus, via the public AMTAB buses. Aside from air transit, Puglia is accessible by train and by boat.

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