Apulia off the beaten path

Reid's favorite places to visit and things to do in Apulia, Italy

Castel del Monte - Weird, octagonal Norman-era castle sprouting from olive groves.
Santa Caterina d'Alessandria, Galatina - Slathered in Technicolor medieval frescoes the style of Giotto.
Rent a trullo in Alberobello- Rather than just snap pictures of Italy's oddest architecture, why not live in one for a spell?
Castello Svevo-Aragonese, Manfredonia - Prehistoric statue-steles at a conveniently beach-adjacent castle-museum.
The secret road of the Valle d'Itria - Travel back in time along a dirt road through the heart of trulli country.
Grottaglie - One of Italy's unsung ceramics capitals.
Cathedral of Trani - This thousand-year-old cathedral perches by the sea where fishermen mend nets in the shade of its belltower.
Papier-mâché in Lecce - All crafts, really—Lecce is a crafty town, with lace, ironwork, and cermaics as well—but the papier-mâché industry here is fascinating, with studios across town producing everything from six-inch figurines for mantlepieces up to life-sized saints for church altars.
Museo Archeologico Nazionale Jatta, Ruvo di Puglia - Tiny but utterly amazing collection of Greek-era vases; also: free.
Santa Croce, Lecce - A baroque riot of animistic symbolism and statuary covers the facade of this Lecce church.

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