Puglia, Basilicata, and Calabria

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  • 1. Bari Vecchia and Via Sparano

    Neighborhood/Street

    By day, you can lose yourself in the maze of white alleyways in Bari Vecchia, the old town stretching along the harbor, now humming with restaurants...Read More

  • 2. Basilica di San Nicola

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The 11th-century Basilica di San Nicola, overlooking the sea in the città vecchia, houses the bones of St. Nicholas, the inspiration for Santa...Read More

  • 3. Beaches of Gallipoli

    Beach–Sight

    Ample swimming and clean, fine-grained sand make Gallipoli's beaches a good choice for families. The 5-km (3-mile) strand reaches from Punta...Read More

  • 4. Castel del Monte

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    Crowning an isolated hill 1,778 feet above sea level in the heart of the Alta Murgia National Park, this enigmatic octagonal fortress, built...Read More

  • 5. Cattedrale

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The stunning pinkish-white 11th-century cathedral, considered one of the finest in Puglia, is built on a spit of land jutting into the sea....Read More

  • 6. Duomo

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Dominating a vast square concealed by a maze of alleyways, Lecce's magnificent cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta never fails to take visitors...Read More

  • 7. Duomo

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Matera's splendidly restored cathedral, dedicated to the Madonna della Bruna e di Sant'Eustachio, was built in the late 13th century and occupies...Read More

  • 8. MArTA ‒ Museo Archeologico Nazionale Taranto

    Museum/Gallery

    Taranto's outstanding National Archaeological Museum (MArTA) occupies the historic premises of the ex-monastery of San Pasquale. The museum...Read More

  • 9. Museo e Parco Archeologico Nazionale di Capo Colonna

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    Il Santuario di Hera Lacinia (Sanctuary of Hera Lacinia) was once one of the most important shrines of Magna Graecia. Only one column remains...Read More

  • 10. Museo Nazionale della Magna Grecia

    Museum/Gallery

    Reggio Calabria is home to one of southern Italy's most important archaeological museums. Its prize exhibit, of course, is the two ancient Greek...Read More

  • 11. Sassi di Matera

    Historic District/Site

    Matera's Sassi are piled chaotically atop one another down the sides of a steep ravine. Some date from Paleolithic times, when they were truly...Read More

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  • 12. Storica Casa Grotta di Vico Solitario

    Museum Village

    Head to this house-museum in the Sasso Caveoso district for moving insights into what peasant life was like in a limestone cave dwelling. The...Read More

  • 13. Alberobello–Martina Franca road

    Scenic Drive/Tour

    The trulli in Alberobello itself are impressive, but the most scenic concentration of these unique conical structures is along a 15-km (9-mile...Read More

  • 14. Castello

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    One of Frederick II's most imposing fortresses, the quadrangular Trani Castle guarded the Adriatic sea route throughout the Middle Ages. It...Read More

  • 15. Castello Aragonese

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    The massive Aragonese Castle is considered a masterpiece of 16th-century military architecture. Rebuilt by the Spanish viceroy Don Pedro di...Read More

  • 16. Castello Aragonese

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    The massive bulk of Gallipoli's castle guards the entrance to the island of the borgo antico, which is linked to the new town by a bridge. Rising...Read More

  • 17. Castello Svevo

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    Looming over the cathedral is the symbol of Bari: huge Castello Svevo, which houses a number of archaeological and art collections within its...Read More

  • 18. Castello Svevo

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    Originally built by Frederick II, this impressive structure was enlarged by the Spanish to defend against attacks from the Turks, and it has...Read More

  • 19. Castello Svevo

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    Castello Normanno-Svevo crowns Pancrazio hill above the old city, with views across to the Sila Mountains. Its origins are lost to memory: It...Read More

  • 20. Cattedrale

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    By far the best sight in Otranto is the cathedral, Santa Maria Annunziata, consecrated in 1088. Its highlight is a 12th-century Pantaleone mosaic...Read More

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