The coastal region of Puglia in southern Italy • Earth.com

The coastal region of Puglia in southern Italy

06-05-2022

Today’s Video of the Day from the European Space Agency features Puglia, a coastal region in southern Italy. Puglia forms the heel of Italy’s “boot,” and has the longest coastline of any Italian mainland region.

“Covering almost 20,000 sq km, it is Italy’s seventh largest region and its coastline, dotted with some of Italy’s finest sandy beaches and azure seas, runs for around 800 km,” reports ESA. “With a population of around four million, Puglia borders the Adriatic Sea to the east and the Ionian Sea to the west.”

“Puglia is the least mountainous region of Italy, consisting of broad plains and low-lying hills. It is home to two national parks, the Alta Murgia National Park and Gargano National Park. The area is one of the largest and most productive plains in Italy where a significant amount of both wine and olive oil is produced.”

Puglia, which is also called Apulia, is known for its vibrant culture. The region provides around 40 percent of Italy’s olive oil, and is the birthplace of many unique Italian foods. 

Video Credit: ESA

By Chrissy Sexton, Earth.com Staff Writer

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