Tracing the history of ‘trulli’ incredible Apulia & Royal Caserta

Matera

There is much to discover in the beautiful Italian region of Apulia & into the royal Caserta.

A favourite sun destination, this stunning southern part of the country, is, like much of Italy’s amazing coastline, home to charming, historical old fishing villages, lovely beaches and some incredible historical landmarks.

Tracing the long history of this part of the world, here are five glorious UNESCO World Heritage Sites to look out on holiday.

1. Alberobello

Alberobello

One of the most photographed destinations in all of Italy, the charming town of Alberobello is a must-visit when aiming to discover the very best of Apulia.

Famous for their traditional whitewashed conical roofs, the town is full of hundreds of these amazing structures.

Exploring these lovely districts is one of the great pastimes during a visit, letting you soak up the character of this famous town.

2. Castel del Monte

Castel del Monte

This huge citadel dating back to the 13th century stands on top of a hill in the city of Andria.

An important medieval landmark, the castle is a relatively small (for a castle!) yet memorable landmark, best known for its geometric design complete with eight massive towers.

3. Matera

Matera

Spread across a rocky hill, the maze-like city of Matera was one of 2019’s European capitals of culture.

A beautiful collection of stone buildings separated by narrow alleyways, fans of the James Bond series may recognise Matera’s distinct features – the city made an appearance in the trailer for the upcoming entry in the famous spy franchise.

Exploring the two ‘Sassi’ or stone districts will take visitors on a wandering adventure where highlights to look out for include the city’s 13th-century cathedral and well-preserved cave-dwelling, first occupied in the Paleolithic period (around 3 million years ago!).

4. The Royal Palace of Caserta

Royal Palace of Caserta

Once home to royalty, Caserta’s Royal Palace once housed the King of Naples.

One of Italy’s great monumental landmarks, the palace building and gardens are wonderful places to experience first-hand.

Royal Palace of Caserta fountains

Blending different architectural influences together, Caserta Palace and gardens are a Baroque architectural triumph with features on display that truly befit royalty including amazing water fountains, an aqueduct and inside, a chandelier-lit grand staircase.

5. Santa Sofia, Benevento

Santa Sofia Benevento

Extremely architecturally important, the church of Santas Sofia still retains some centuries-old Lombard-style architecture.

The original building dating back to the 1st century, this incredible landmark has stood despite suffering from earthquake damage and sweeping changes taking place throughout the country.

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