SEA CAVES (1 km)
Some of the most important karst phenomena of the Apulia coastline are the caves, sculpted by the thousands of years of rainwater and sea corrosion. The evocative scenario of the caves, abysses and chasms and drops sheer to the sea is made magical by the reflections of the light on stalactites, stalagmites and clefts.
MATTINATA (14 km)
Mattinata is the only town in Adriatic Apulia to face south and is approximately 20 kilometres from Pugnochiuso. In its composite structure of Piedmont, the sea plays the leading role in the landscape. Its position facing south and the particularly favourable climate enable the production of very valuable oil indeed.
VIESTE (11 km)
Vieste is a mediaeval hamlet of very ancient origins. The legend of Pizzomunno, the natural white monolith that stands 25 metres high at the start of the city's coastline is particularly famous; legend has it that Pizzomunno was a young man turned to stone by the mermaids, jealous of his love for the beautiful Cristalda.
MONTE SANT'ANGELO (20 km)
Monte Sant'Angelo is an evocative mediaeval centre standing 800 metres above sea level and housing the sanctuary by the same name, dedicated to the Archangel Michael. The Tomba di Rotari and the Norman-Suebo-Aragonese castle are also of particular historic and artistic interest.
ISOLE TREMITI (68 km)
The archipelago, inhabited since the Neolithic age, was established as a marine nature reserve in 1989, part of the Gargano National Park due to the extraordinary underwater fauna and flora. The importance of the fauna of the Tremiti islands is also borne out by the considerable concentration of migratory birds, including the Eleonora's falcon, the peregrine falcon and the only Adriatic colony of Cory's shearwater and Manx shearwater.
ALBEROBELLO (141 km)
A unique little town dating back to the second half of the 16th century situated on two hilly reliefs characterised by thick vegetation of almonds and olives that prosper on a karst land. The west side of the town features the "trulli", an urban agglomerate divided up into two districts: Monti and Aia Piccola, which unwind towards the steep, tortuous routes. Heading back up the hill and travelling the little roads takes you to easily visit these unique places. Both districts are national monuments and since 1996 UNESCO World Heritage of Humanity.