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More than a mere defensive structure, the Castel del Monte was built to impress.
An archipelago of small isles off the coast of Puglia are Italy's only islands in the Adriatic Sea.
Just a short drive from the towns of the Valle d'Itria, you'll find a complex of amusement parks to entertain the whole family.
A fun way to get kids engaged in history is a trip to the ArkeoGiochi park, attached to the archeological site of Saturo, in Puglia.
The spectacular caverns of Castellana are the reason thousands of people come to this part of Puglia every year.
The principle landmark of the historic center of Bari is the imposing seaside castle.
Egnazia is an ancient archeological city in Puglia, near the town of Fasano.
Near the farthest tip of Puglia where the "land ends" is a geographic oddity, the Fjord of Ciolo.
A small amusement park north of Bari will let kids blow off steam and have a big of fun.
If you're looking for a pristine beach in Puglia, head to the Riserva di Torre Guaceto.
An interesting oddity is the Punta Palascia south of Otranto, which is the eastern-most point in Italy.
The centerpiece of old Castro is the dominating castle that caps the town.
Legend has it that a beautiful princess used to bathe in the healthful waters of the sea cavern, and when word spread of her incomparable beauty, poets from all over southern Italy came to write prose inspired by her.
A Taranto organization is studying the dolphins and whales in the Ionian Sea, and you can join them for a half-day!
The unusual hills of the Valle d'Itria are marked by limestone cavities and surprises, like the Parco Rupestre of the Lama D'Antico near Fasano.
The alluring lighthouse is fronted by a sprawling piazza overlooking two seas - the Ionian and the Adriatic.
A seaside frazione of Fasano, Savelletri has a pretty port with beaches and great dining options.
A large and varied water theme park near Gallipoli, Splash Parco offers games, pools and fun for everyone - of all ages.
Gallipoli once had an underground world made up of 35 cellar-mills that produced olive oil; one has been restored and preserves this unusual history.
At the seaside village of Santa Maria al Bagno, you can get an up-close and interesting look at marine life in the Aquarium of the Salento.
The Chapel of the Lightening Brigade is an emotional and beautiful spot on the rocky coast of Castro Marina.
One of Puglia's grandest buildings, the Palazzo Ducale of Martina Franca was built as a regal residence.
The elegant main piazza of Martina Franca is also known as Piazza dei Portici.
On a crest about town, the ancient castle still stands guard over the coast, directly above the beach.
On the edge of the historic center and just a few steps from the harbor sits one of Bari's most defining landmarks.
Along the Salento Coast of Puglia, the village of Torre Colimena offers a seaside experience without the usual beachfront kitsch or miles of cement holiday structures.
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