The region of Puglia is located in southern Italy. It forms the heel of Italy’s boot. Puglia borders Molise to the northwest, Campania to the west, Basilicata to the southwest and has a long stretch of coastline facing the Adriatic and Ionian Seas. The region is mostly fertile plains, except for the mountainous Gargano Peninsula in the north. There are six provinces in Puglia: Bari, Barletta-Andria-Trani, Brindisi, Foggia, Lecce and Taranto. Bari is the capital city of the region.
Puglia has a variety of different architectural styles, reflecting various influences through the ages. There are Roman remains throughout the region, impressive Romanesque churches and castles in the north and trulli houses in the center of the region. Trulli are white, circular limestone houses with cone-shaped roofs that can be found in and around Alberbello. In the south there are many fine examples of the ornate Baroque style, especially in Lecce with its Santa Croce Church. This region is known for its long coastline and beautiful beaches. The Gargano Peninsula is an especially popular destination is warmer months.