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Cheap flights to Puglia

There's more to Italy than its capital and its legacy to human civilization. Travelers intent on experiencing the authentic Italian spirit should visit other places where there's a mix of different cultures. One of them is Puglia (also called Apulia), a region jutting out to the Adriatic Sea. Frequently set aside by those charmed by Rome's limelight, tourists visiting Puglia will encounter a people whose unique identity is formed with various influences from the Spanish, Turks, Greeks, Swabians, and the Normans.

Puglia is a land of plains and small hills, where the only mountains are located in the northern part of the region. The only rivers here are in Southern Murge, making it ideal for growing crops, trees, and other agricultural products. The rest of the region is rich in groundwater, which has contributed to forming beautiful caves in Puglia.

Those interested in viewing Puglia's coastline will enjoy the sights in Gargano. Called the 'buttress of Italy' due to its location at the end of the peninsula, Gargano will astound travelers with its flourishing vegetation and mountainous rock facing a clear, beautiful sea. Gargano's coast offers a multitude of destinations starting from Manfredonia. Tourists will marvel at the Aragonese Castle which was turned into an archeological museum. From there, Mattinata can be found with its sandy beach surrounded by olive and almond trees.

Churches also abound in Puglia which is fronted with intricate architecture with grand interiors. Some of the main attractions include Lecce Cathedral and Basilica di Santa Croce. The Basilica is particularly fascinating due to its majestic facade composed of carved sheep, cherubs, and various beasts. Another religious landmark that shouldn't be missed is Padre Pio Pilgrimage Church, where tourists can sit down and pray in the tranquil surroundings.

Travelers shouldn't forego the meals prepared the Puglian way. What they hear as 'la cucina povera' or poor man's cooking is actually a feast of sumptuous flavors. There are different types of distinctive pizza dishes here such as the calzone, which is stuffed and folded pizza. Another noteworthy variety is the calzuncieddhi which is prepared with mouthwatering ingredients such as pecorino cheese, cherry tomatoes, sautéed greens, eggs, and more. Pasta also comes in different forms and taste. There are also a wide range of fish and seafood dishes which are baked, fried, or put into casseroles.

How to get around within Puglia

There are three ways to travel around Puglia. First is the train which will allow you to go from one part of the region to the other. The various routes are – from Foggia to Lecce, Foggia to Brindisi, Foggia to Bari, and Leece to Gallipoli. Travelers can check the schedules and times on Trenitalia to plan their itinerary; the fares are also relatively low, which makes it convenient to move around.

Buses are also another way to get around the region. The Ferrovie Sud Est provides maps setting out in detail the routes. This allows travelers to find out which bus to take.

Driving by car is the last option, but this should only be used to visit places inaccessible to trains. This way, tourists will save on the rental and fuel costs.

How to get there

For those flying to Puglia, the plane will most likely land on Karol Wojtyla Airport in Bari. Some of the airlines serving this Italian region are: Air Berlin, Air Dolomiti, Air Europa, airBaltic, Alitalia, British Airways, Brussels Airlines, easyJet, Ellinair, Germanwings, Meridiana, Mistral Air, Ryan Air, Volotea, and Vueling.

Tourists coming from Asia, Americas, and other continents can book connecting flights with the airlines mentioned above.  

Flights to Puglia

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