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Puglia is located in the 'heel' of Italy's 'boot' and this unique corner of the country mixes rugged countryside and unspoilt beaches with quaint fishing villages and secluded towns. In the south is the walled city of Otranto, ideally placed for exploring the southern cape of Italy. Continue up the coast and you'll reach Lecce, famous for its baroque architecture. Further north is Ostuni (nicknamed the 'White City' thanks to its beautiful whitewashed buildings) and the sandy beaches of Torre Canne and Savellerti di Fasano.
Across the region you'll find clusters of traditional trulli houses - round white dwellings with conical roofs. These curious buildings were first built during the 14th century and were created as housing that could be easily demolished, enabling the landlords to avoid paying tax. They're now listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and are an iconic symbol of Puglia.
Cucina povera, or peasant cooking, is synonymous with Puglia. Dishes are created using fresh, hearty ingredients to produce delicious yet simple combinations to be enjoyed with a slice of focaccia bari - a light baked bread topped with fresh tomato, olives and extra-virgin olive oil. You'll find a lot of dishes use olive oil here - Puglia is dotted with millions of olive trees and produces the majority of Italy’s olive oil.
Those exploring the south of Puglia should indulge in rustico leccese. Popular around Lecce and Salento, these rich puff pastry parcels are filled with béchamel sauce, tomato, mozzarella and pepper and make a delicious savoury treat. They're best washed down with a glass of locally produced red wine, Salice Salentino.