Apulia is an Italian region located in the Southern area of the country, bordering the Adriatic Sea in the east, the Ionian Sea in the southeast, and the Strait of Otranto and Gulf of Taranto in the south. The heel of the “boot” of Italy is, in fact, Apulia’s southernmost portion, known as the Salento peninsula and extremely famous and appreciated for its amazing cuisine, warm welcoming and beautiful olive trees. Apulia’s territory is a succession of broad plains and low-lying hills, and the only mountainous areas, the Gargano promontory and the Monti Dauni, do not exceed 1150 meters. In terms of archaeological heritage, Apulia is probably of the richest regions in the entire country: firstly colonies by Mycenaean Greeks, the area soon became an important headquarter for the ancient Romans. Eventually, the territory became part of the Kingdom of Naples and remained so until the unification of Italy, in the 1860s. Still today, cuisine plays an important role for Apulia, and possibly represents the key for the perfect Mediterranean diet: its main ingredients include in fact olive oil, artichokes, tomatoes and mushrooms. In terms of panoramas, there really is a lot to see in Apulia: Trulli in Alberobello, Old town in Bari, Trani, beaches in Monopoli, but also the Castellana Grotte, Castel del Monte, the castle of Federick II, Polignano, Conversano, Martina Franca and Ostuni, the "white city”. Finally, let’s not forget Santa Maria Al Bagno, a small fishermen village located on the coastline of the Gulf of Taranto: its beautiful, unspoiled beaches permeate the entire coast, along a blue sea, where time seems to stay still.