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    Matera – What to see and best belvedere

    During our recent holiday in Puglia, we decided to take a short trip to Matera. It had been long since I last visited the city and I was hugely impressed about how Matera has changed and is continuously evolving. The city has embarked a changing process that started many years ago and many movies have been recorded here in the last decades. Matera was chosen as set for the movie The Passion of the Christ which boosted enormously its popularity. The first thing that struck me was the high number of tourists visiting the city, last time I was there Matera was barely known, especially abroad. We went in August…

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    Alberobello

    Alberobello is a small yet characteristic town located South East of Puglia in the province of Bari, (in the middle of The Itria Valley) with a population of about 10,000 people. Alberobello is situated on two hills; the new town is located on the eastern hill and is characterized by a modern architecture. The western part is occupied by the old town (trulli) and the whole area is divided into two districts: Monti and Aia Piccola, both National Monuments. Alberobello is without question one of the most characteristic towns in Italy and is famous for its traditionally built ancient stone houses called trulli, (which since 1996 have been named a…

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    Monte Sant’Angelo

    Monte Sant’Angelo is a small town in the province of Foggia and it is part of the Gargano National Park. It is located in the hills on the Gargano promontory, the spur of Italy, from where it overlooks the splendid gulf of Manfredonia. Monte Sant’Angelo has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since June 2011. Photo Credits: Flick-pierluigi maria broccoli The town is situated on a limestone rock, full of caverns and caves; it was founded in the 5th century AC and links its name to the apparition of the Archangel St. Michael on the 8th of May 490 in one of the many caves which surround the whole area.…

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    Castel del Monte

    Castel del Monte is a castle located near Andria, it was built in the 13th century by order of the Frederick II (during the Swabian domain in Puglia) and it’s probably the most famous buildings that the Emperor ordered to build during his long empire. It has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1996. Photo Credits Flickr The building, still perfectly preserved, is characteristic for its octagonal shape and is a splendid example of a medieval military building. Extraordinary mix of Northern Europe and Oriental architecture elements, the castle has an octagonal plan with eight towers, also octagonal, located at its vertices. Despite being named and known as being…