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Luca Bacchetti’s guide to the Apulia region

Italy is without a doubt one of the most picturesque countries in Europe.

Known for its delicious food and wine, rich history and huge culture, the Mediterranean country attracts more than 15 million tourist per month in the summer.

Though there’s more to Italy than gastronomy and history. The country’s nature is equally impressive – from the Alps in the northern region of Tyrol to the the lush vineyards of Tuscany in the heart of the country, going all the way to the breathtaking islands of Sicily and Sardinia in the south.

Aside from Rome, Naples and Sicily, the south of the country is also famous for being home to the sun-kissed region of Apulia.

Also known as Puglia, this region boasts the longest mainland coastline in the country, bordering the Adriatic Sea, the Ionian Sea, and the Strait of Otranto and Gulf of Taranto. Apulia is also famous for its olives, with the region’s up to 60 million olive trees generating as much as 40% of the country’s olive oil output.

Nature and food aside, Apulia offers some of the most incredible beaches in the country. With Salento, Gallipoli, Vieste and Polignano a Mare all nested in the region, it’s no wonder Apulia plays host to some of the best sunsets you can see in Italy.

This August, Apulia will also host the Italian edition of international music festival Corona Sunsets. The Italian episode of the international outdoor festival will be headlined by Israeli house stalwart Guy Gerber, South African house hero Culoe de Song and French live maestro Rodriguez Jr. and London-based DJ and producer Kidnap.

In addition, Corona Sunsets Italy will also see performances by Amsterdam-based melodic house DJ Miss Melera and local hero Luca Bacchetti.

Just a couple of weeks before his performance at the festival, Luca has compiled a special guide to Apulia, which will help festival-goers experience the magic of the region to the fullest.

Places to visit

Alberobello, which literally means beautiful tree is a small town in Apulia. The town is famous for its unique trullo (plural: trulli) buildings – a traditional Apulian dry stone hut with a conical roof. The trulli of Alberobello have been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1996.

Polignano a Mare, located on the Adriatic Sea, is a town of Greek origins. It overlooks the Adriatic sea, standing on a steep rocky cliff cut by a deep gorge. Because of the karst nature of the cliff, there is a number of caves that were inhabited by the prehistoric men. Among these marine caves the Palazzese grotta, is the most enchanting one and is an absolute must-see.

The gorgeous port of Porto Bianco, located just on the edges of Polignano A Mare, is a perfect location to shoot all your lovely Insta-worthy shots of the town and the crystal clear waters of the sea.

The beautiful Castro is imbued with history and legends. It is perched on a precipitous cliff, overlooking the Adriatic Sea, 48 km away from Lecce and, stretching towards the sea, it becomes a marina awarded the Blue Flag.

Down below, Castro Marina comes alive in the summer months, with bars, restaurants and cafés opening up along the seafront. The little harbour, usually home only to the town’s small fishing fleet, welcomes impressive yachts and pleasure boats. A majestic opening in a sheer sea cliff near Castro welcomes you to the Zinzulusa Cave, one of Salento’s most impressive karstic phenomena.

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