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The Wild Landscape of Puglia (Apulia)

Updated: Sep 3, 2020


As a nature lover and artist, one thing I love about travel is experiencing different types of landscapes. I notice how the straight pine trees of the southern US become wild and craggy in southern Europe. I notice how the color palette of a place gets dustier, more saturated, or expands into a range of colorful minerals new to my painting vocabulary. And I notice the way tall mountains energize the “adventuress” in me, while flatlands gently sloping into the sea make me want to slow down and relax.

But let’s back up and get our bearings first, shall we? After all, the only reason you can spot Italy on the map is because it’s shaped like a boot, am I right? (Don’t worry, you’re not the only one.) Ok, now that I have your attention, let’s look at some maps to really understand where Puglia lies in relation to the rest of the world.

Where is Puglia (Apulia)?

map of the globe with Italy marked

Yes, I had to start this far out to be sure you know where you are: Earth. Ok but really, the blue dot on the left is Atlanta, GA while the red pin is set on the region of Puglia, Italy.

map of Europe, Africa, and the Middle East with Apulia, Italy marked

Here it is a bit closer. There’s a reason visitors say Puglia reminds them of Greece, it’s actually just a ferry-ride away. Some people are also surprised to realize that Italy is actually pretty close to Northern Africa.

I once met some of the most generous and kind people who had left their families in Egypt years ago to work in Italy and send money back to the children they never see. This immigration is a heated point of controversy in Italy.


Now we can really start to see where we are within Italy. Puglia makes up the “spur and heel” of Italy’s “boot”, with the Adriatic Sea to the east and Ionian Sea to the south.


The main city in Puglia is Bari, with Taranto, Lecce, Brindisi, and Foggia close behind. The most commonly visited cities are probably Ostuni, Monopoli, Alberobello, Gallipoli, and Lecce.

Geographical Features of Puglia (Apulia)