Province of Barletta-Andria-Trani, Puglia
The coastline around Barletta and Trani has white sand and clear, blue water which is full of sea life, making it an ideal area for snorkelling and diving. Stretching inland from the blue waters of the sea to the unusual limestone plateau of the Murgia, this corner of Puglia is open, peaceful, unspoiled and steeped in history. Away from the coast the terrain is an endless sea of green, broken by white rocks and dense woodland. There are olive trees, vineyards, gentle hills and an undisturbed, natural habitat. Puglia is famous for its virgin olive oil and this area produces some of the best.
Puglia is a region full of interesting castles, cathedrals and historic examples of architecture, and this province has more than its fair share. Barletta has the elegant Palazza Caccetta with its Gothic façade, the Museo Civico, the Cathedral of Santa Maria Maggiore and a white, 12th century castle.
Barletta Castle - Photo: Achille 83
Just a few kilometres away from the town of Andria is Castel del Monte; a perfect and important example of Swabian architecture. It was built by Frederick II of Swabia and with its unique appearance and mysterious aura it has been declared a World Heritage Site.
Castel del Monte - Photo: Massimo Catarinella
Trani Cathedral is one of the finest in Puglia and is dedicated to San Nicola Pellegrino (Saint Nicholas the Pilgrim). With its 59 metre high bell tower, decorative bronze door and lancet windows it is a fine example of Romanesque architecture.
Trani Cathedral - Photo: Tommy Trani