2021 is the perfect year to get off the beaten track and explore new hidden gems. A UN report suggests that in 2020, we saw a drop of over 1 billion tourists. During the year, over 100 million people lost their jobs in the tourism sector, and made a loss of around 1 trillion EUR! Although major cities in the world will see the highest number of jobs lost, they do stand a chance of bouncing back. Smaller cities, airports, B&Bs may or may not. Now is our chance to support them.
There are countless cities and regions across the world that need our support. So why should you choose to visit Puglia? There’s plenty of reasons why you should. To help out the badly hit Italian tourism sector, to get off the beaten track, but mainly to experience its sheer beauty. Puglia’s cityscapes are picture-perfect whitewashed hill towns. While its landscapes are a mix of bright greens and burnt browns. This colorful region is like an artist’s paint palette.
Which part should you visit
Bari is a port city and the capital of the Puglia region. The city has a population of around 325,000 inhabitants, spread across 117 km² of land. The city’s old town is called Bari Vecchia. This area is filled with narrow streets, historical alleyways, and winding streets lined with cozy stores and coffee houses. Many come here to witness the Basilica San Nicola, which dates all the way back to the year 1197. Today, it’s a pilgrim destination for many Roman Catholics, while others come to admire its Romanesque architecture.
No matter what part of the city you venture into, you’ll discover a warm and welcoming atmosphere. This can truly be appreciated along The Lungomare Nazario Sauro. This promenade stretches for almost 1 km along Italy’s Adriatic coast. It has many benches positioned outward to appreciate the miles of blue sky and the glimmering Mediterranean Sea. If you’re looking to soak up the sun, head to Lido San Francesco. This beach is located East of the Old Town and is very popular with the locals.
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Brindisi is another port city on the Adriatic Sea. It has a population of just 88,000 inhabitants. This city lacks in size, but more than makes up for it with its balmy personality. Palm trees line the streets, mixing with the laid-back atmosphere that gives for a very pleasant place to be. In the city center, traditional Italian cafes are housed in lightly-colored buildings. A perfect place to recharge while sightseeing.
One of the city’s most popular sightseeing attractions is Castello Alfonsino. The castle was built in 1558 with a pale exterior. Inside you can learn all about how this fortification came into existence. As you walk along the coast, you’re met with a refreshing gust of wind from the Adriatic Sea. This will wake you up and motivate you to explore more of this amazing city with the likes of the Colonne Romane, the Swabian castle, and finally ended up at the bustling Brindisi Port.
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Lecce is located in the heel of Italy and is home to around 95,000 inhabitants. The city is famed for its historical buildings and Baroque architecture. Because of the city’s location, it receives nearly 109 hours of sunshine each year. In the Summer months, you can expect to receive 12 hours of sunshine per day, with average highs of 32° Celsius.
The city is a blend of European style and African character. Evidence of this can found at Piazza Del Duomo where the Cattedrale di Lecce can be admired. Its exterior is brought to life by its Baroque architecture while the rustic vibe gives it its identity. The more you explore the city, the more you’ll come across examples of this. History buffs will be delighted to explore as much as possible. Along the way, you’ll stumble across ancient relics such as the Roman amphitheater, Lecce Castle, and Porta Napoli, one of three entrances to the old city. Lecce itself is an open-air history museum.
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If people are planning to travel this Summer, it’s time to get off the beaten track. Small hotels, shops, and tourist attractions in lesser-known areas of the world will appreciate your business more than ever! Help out the struggling tourism sector, acquire a unique travel experience and visit Puglia! For more information on visiting this region, click on the link down below.