A region in southern Italy, Apulia has approximately four million inhabitants and 900 km of beautiful coastline between the Adriatic and Ionian Seas. In addition to its capital Bari, it is also home to the metropolitan areas of Foggia, Taranto – Brindisi and Lecce.
Apulia is easily accessible thanks to its excellent transportation infrastructure (highways, ports, airports – ww.aereoportidipuglia.it). National Geographic has included it among its ten most beautiful place in the world. With its national parks in Gargano and Murge and the marine reserves of Isole Tremiti and Torre Guaceto, as well as its many protected areas and three Unesco sites (Montesant’angelo, Castel del Monte, Alberobello), Apulia boasts a vast and heterogeneous natural and cultural landscape (www.pugliaautentica.it).
In the area you will find magnificent cathedrals on the sea, such as the one in Trani and the Duomo (ancient Cathedral) in Molfetta, not to mention the Basilica of San Nicola in Bari. The enchanting scenery of the trulli, the traditional dry stone huts with their conical roofs found in Alberobello gives way to the modern ceramics found in Grottaglie and the priceless ancient ones preserved in the National Archaeological Museum of Taranto, the capital of Magna Grecia. Salento, dominated by Lecce and its baroque architecture, also offers visitors the splendor of Otranto and the wonder of the beautiful ancient city of Gallipoli.
The industriousness of the Apulian people has allowed seven manufacturing districts to develop in the region: mechatronics, apparel, oil and pasta from Bari, upholstered furniture from Murgia, footwear from Bat, hosiery and apparel from Salento and footwear from Casarano.
Apulia has a diversified industrial structure, with the notable presence of multinationals but also well-structured local networks of small and medium-sized companies, some of which have in the last few years seen their revenue growth increasingly supported by exports.
In 2014, Apulia was the only region of southern Italy to see a strong revival of the equipment manufacturing markets at home and abroad. The area has made it through the worst of the recession and is once again a competitor on the global markets.