This small book describes a fifteen days car trip you can take in Apulia and the neighboring regions.
The itinerary starts from the town of Ortona a Mare in Abruzzo. It goes through several cities of Apulia, and then to Matera, a stunning city in Basilicata, vibrant with history, cave hotels, and authentic Italian food. The time to visit Matera is now. The ancient town in Basilicata could be Italy’s next great attraction. The itinerary then returns to Apulia and touches other several cities, to arrive in Alberobello, known for its trulli, whitewashed stone huts with conical roofs – the hilltop Rione Monti district has hundreds of them. It continues with other towns in Apulia and the Gargano peninsula, with its National Park, home to the last remaining part of the oak and beech Forest Umbra that once covered most of central Europe. It passes through Termoli, to end up again in Ortona al Mare.
The guide also describes a possible visit to the Tremiti Islands from Termoli, and how to get there. There are several ferry companies providing transportation services to these islands, the service is available from different ports, with or without the possibility of bringing your car with you. Using Google to find the right solution for your needs is at least confusing if you don’t understand Italian. It took me, Italian born in Italy, a full day to figure out what is available and when, and what websites are the ones you should use. In the guide, I present for you the outcome of my research. Many of what you see in Google can be at the top of the results page just because the company that has the website is buying advertising from Google, not because they are the most relevant and essential.
The guide includes a chapter on the food and wine of Apulia. A list of local recipes is present; the links to the original recipes are active in the digital editions.