Apulia (Puglia)

Puglia is a region in southern Italy, forming the "heel of the boot" on the Italian peninsula. It is known for its hilltop, whitewashed, baroque villages, rolling hills with farmland, and its long stretch of blue and green coastline, with some of the best beaches in Italy. Bari the capital of the region, and is an important port town with a renown university. Lecce is another beautiful city located in the Salento peninsula that is known for its stunning Baroque architecture. Puglia is recognized by its iconic "Trulli" houses, which can be found in large numbers in the town of Alberobello. 

Places to go: Bari, Alberobello, Salento, Lecce, Ostuni, Polignano a Mare, and more.

What to buy: olive oil, orecchiette, wine, burrata, taralli, terra-cotta jars, and tamburello. 

What to eat: orecchiette, rustico, calzone, cicoria, Cavatelli con le cozze, municeddrhi, and Friselle. 

Primitivo is the wine to drink here. It is more or less a zinfandel grape.