A land of orchards & olive trees

The Puglia region of Italy is a well-kept secret that is just leaking out, so now is the time to visit as an insider before the word spreads. It is a land of orchards and endless forests of olive trees. Of baroque towns like Lecce, all warm pink stone embellished by talented and imaginative carvers with fruits and flowers, cherubs and monsters.

In the Middle Ages grand churches were built in Puglia’s distinctive Romanesque style, and the Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II had a string of castles erected. Still the most unique attraction is the area around Alberobello, with its clusters of whitewashed trulli, simple stone houses with conical roofs.

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Temple Of St. Giovanna

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Temple Of St. Giovanna

Temple Of St. Giovanna

Exquisite frescos grace the walls of this beautiful example of classic Romanesque architecture. Built by the Normans in the 12th century, this church was likely home to the Knights Templar.

Hohenstaufen Castle

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Hohenstaufen Castle

Hohenstaufen Castle

The German King Frederick II, the Holy Roman Emperor ordered construction to begin in the 1200s. The port of Brindisi was used by the King and others as a base for the Roman Catholic Popes’ Crusades in the Holy Lands.



One of the best kept secrets in southern Italy, Lecce is a truly beautiful town with stunning Baroque architechture and an ancient Roman amphitheater.

Brindisi (Lecce/Alberobello), Italy At a glance

Current Weather:
13°C / 55 °F
Scattered Thunderstorms
Partly Cloudy (Day)
Current Time:
10:25:11 pm2018/03/20 22:25:11 pm
Tuesday, March 20
UTC/GMT +01:00
Exchange Rates:
  • 1.16
  • 1.50
  • 0.87
  • 1.52
  • 75.18
  • 3.81
  • 22.28
  • 1.69
Local Details:
GPS: 40°47'11.12"N 17°14'27.35"E
Size: 328.00 KM2 (126.64 MI2)
Population: 89,848
Density: 274 Pop/KM2 (106 Pop/MI2)
Country Code: +39

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