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Crystal clear water in the natural pool . Puglia Italy

Dolomiti a Castelmezzano, Potenza, Basilicata, Italy

. Puglia, Italy Picture you strolling down this narrow street. What waits at the end? Quaint restaurants, maybe a street carnival or interesting shops. Adventure waits.

Castel del Monte ~ is a 13th century citadel and castle is situated in Andria in the Apulia region of Italy. It stands on a promontory where it was constructed during the 1240's by Emperor Frederick II.

The medieval narrow streets of Ostuni, The White Town, Puglia, Italy.

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15 Most Colorful Shots of Italy

Typical houses of Alberobello, Puglia, Italy....

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Five charming towns in Puglia, Italy

The prettiest towns in Puglia, Italy.

If you happen to be there on July 2nd–which out of sheer serendipity, I did–you will find the townspeople apologetic for closing down some of the tourist sites and attractions. No matter, because you have in store for you a far better attraction: the Feast of the Madonna della Bruna. She is the patron saint of Matera, and the town goes all out to celebrate her for one day each year. The celebration is one of the more unusual and fantastical that I have experienced.