The towns and cities of Puglia are a principal attraction for
visitors. The history of the region has had a lasting impact on
the architecture, layout and location of the many and varied
settlements of the area, from ancient Greek and Roman times and
earlier, through the Mediaeval, Norman, Renaissance and Baroque
periods to modern times.
Religion is of significant importance in the region, with spectacular
results in the most unexpected of places. Castles, city walls, gatways
and other defensive structures also feature stongly. But rather than
individual buildings, it is the overall character of towns and cities,
some large but mainly small, which provide the main Puglian experience.
Therefore we have attempted to provide a comprehensive, accessible and
up to date review of a multitude of places, to allow the visitor to
make the most of even a brief look at places in this treasury of
history and culture. We are especially keen to encourage people beyond
the main tourist "hot spots".
We have divided the towns into into the official provinces. Information
is as detailed, specific and as up to date as we can obtain, much of it
based on personal visits. We offer a few opinions and preferences which
we hope will be helpful, but we would encourage visitors to explore
anywhere that takes their fancy.