Puglia, Basilicata, and Calabria

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  • 1. Bari Vecchia and Via Sparano

    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...Read More

  • 2. Basilica di San Nicola

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

  • 3. Beaches of Gallipoli

    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 Pizzo to Lido San...Read More

  • 4. Castel del Monte

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

  • 5. Cattedrale

    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. Dedicated to...Read More

  • 6. Duomo

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

  • 7. Duomo

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

  • 8. MArTA ‒ Museo Archeologico Nazionale Taranto

    Taranto's outstanding National Archaeological Museum (MArTA) occupies the historic premises of the ex-monastery of San Pasquale. The museum dates from 1887, and its collection of...Read More

  • 9. Museo e Parco Archeologico Nazionale di Capo Colonna

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

  • 10. Museo Nazionale della Magna Grecia

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

  • 11. Parco Nazionale della Sila - La Fossiata

    Calabria's granite plateau of the Sila Natiional Park is a wonderful place for lovers of the wild outdoors. Rising to nearly 7,000 feet at its...Read More

  • 12. Santa Maria dell'Isola

    The sanctuary of Santa Maria dell'Isola is the symbol of Tropea, and it is easy to see why. Perched high on a rocky promontory and...Read More

  • 13. Sassi di Matera

    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 just...Read More

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  • 14. Storica Casa Grotta di Vico Solitario

    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 cramped...Read More

  • 15. Alberobello–Martina Franca Road

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

  • 16. Castello

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

  • 17. Castello Aragonese

    The massive Aragonese Castle is considered a masterpiece of 16th-century military architecture. Rebuilt by the Spanish viceroy Don Pedro di Toledo in 1535 after it...Read More

  • 18. Castello Aragonese

    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...Read More

  • 19. Castello Svevo

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

  • 20. Castello Svevo

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

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