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

    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

    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

    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

  • 7. 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

  • 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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

  • 18. Castello Svevo

    Castle/Palace

    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

  • 19. Castello Svevo

    Castle/Palace

    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

  • 20. Cattedrale

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    In Tropea's harmonious warren of lanes, seek out the old Norman cathedral, whose main altar contains the locally revered icon of the Madonna...Read More

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