Apulia, Italy, is the "heel" of Italy, the region on the southeastern coast. It shares borders with two large bodies of water -- the Adriatic Sea and the Ionian Sea. With such a long coastline, it has a huge boating industry for travelers experience. Cruise ships often dock here, and ferries to other regions and countries (primarily Greece) enter and exit almost daily. Bari is the capitol of Apulia.
Bari is situated at approximately the halfway point of the Apulia coastline. Many budget travelers visit here for at least a day, as it is one of two Italian ports that offers ferry service to Greece as part of the rail pass program. Several Apulia, Italy hostels are in business for those who would like to rest in town before or after the long ferry ride before moving on to other regions. Bari hostel prices depend on the season, but you can expect them to be a couple euros less compared with larger Italian cities such as Venice, Florence, and Rome. While in town, you can explore the many shops and historic sites. One of Bari's proud features is the Swabian Castle, which is surrounded by park area ideal for picnicking.
Lecce is another large city in Apulia with lots of hostel and budget accommodation options. It's located further south. This "Florence of the South" is a display of history and architecture. It's enough off the beaten path that it won't be quite as overrun by tourists compared to other Italian cities famous for similar works.
There are many other towns in Apulia, some of which have hostels and others which offer different low-cost accommodation, such as guesthouses or bed-and-breakfasts. The entire region is very historic and you will be able to see art, architecture, and ruins from various time periods.
Like most of Italy, Apulia is easily accessible by train, and train rides through this area are an ideal way to enjoy the scenery. Towns tend to be small, so you can likely walk from the train station to your Apulia, Italy hostel, as well as any attractions you'd like to visit. Taxis and bus stops are often found outside of train stations if you would rather rest your feet.
Apulia may not call for a long stay, but the time you do spend in this region will be lived to the fullest.
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