I Love Touring Italy - Western Apulia

By: Levi Reiss

Apulia forms the heel of the Italian boot. It is located in the southeast corner of Italy on the Adriatic and Ionian Seas. Apulia was often invaded by the ancient Greeks and Romans. Among its many rulers were the Byzantines, Goths, Lombards, Normans, Spaniards, and Turks.

Its period of greatest glory was during the Holy Roman Empire of the 13th Century, when its majestic Romanesque cathedrals and palaces were erected. This article presents the western and usually northern part of Apulia. A companion article presents the rest of the region.

Apulia's administrative center is Bari, the biggest city in southern Italy, with a population of over 325 thousand. It is a major port with a modern city center including the Piazza della Libert

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