Discovering the treasures of Puglia and Basilicata
If you’re in for a longer stretch and wish to reach out to some historical places spread across the whole of Puglia and the adjacent region, Basilicata, Indigenus can help you out with its special trips to a number of virtually endless locations.
Capital city of the whole Apulian region, Bari is the second most important economic center of mainland Southern Italy after Naples. It is a port and university city, as well as the city of Saint Nicholas, one of Italy most beloved patron saints. Bari is worth visiting for its multi-coloured shops, its historical center and the amazing, monumental Cathedral and the Basilica of Saint Nicholas.
The main city of the Salento Peninsula, the southmost portion of Puglia, Lecce is over 2,000 years old. Rich of Baroque architectural monuments, it is commonly deemed as “The Florence of Southern Italy”. From its central position in the Salentine area guests can reach a number of exciting places of interest scattered along the beautiful coasts of Puglia’s two seas, the Ionian and the Adriatico, for a pleasant walk along sandy white beaches or a dive into crystal blue waters. Lying in the proximity of Lecce is also the beautiful Alimini Lake.
Matera is in Basilicata, one of the neighbouring regions of Puglia. It is regarded as the most amazing example of a cavemen settlement in the Mediterranean region. Matera is still almost completely intact: its historical centre being a treasure for any art and beauty lover and its most ancient and inhabitated part displaying an unmissable touristic experience of different settlements across time illustrating a number of significant stages in human history. Matera lies in a small canyon, or “gravina”, carved out by an ancient river and is known as “the underground town”. Its historical center, called “Sassi”, is a World Heritage Site by UNESCO since 1993, along with the Park of the Rupestrian Churches. In 2019 Matera will be the European Capital of Culture.