The Old-World Appeal of Puglia, Italy

Step back in time with filmmaker Oliver Astrologo's inspiring video of Italy's heel.

Need an add-on to the sightseeing of Rome which will take you off the well-beaten tourist path? Look no further than the region of Puglia in the southeastern "heel" portion of Italy.

This rustic district is well known for being one of the most beautiful places in Europe—highlighted by the fantastic weather (during the summer), centuries-old farmland and hundreds of kilometers of Mediterranean coastline. In this video, Oliver Astrologo captures the beauty and culture of the region with some top-notch camera work and the addition of some stunning drone-mounted shots by Vito Renó.

While joining Astrologo on his videographic tour of Puglia, you’ll venture from the hilly Gargano area to the coastal town of Monopoli and onward to Lecce (the very tip of the "heel"). Along the way, you'll discover quiet and historic towns, watch craftsmen at work, wander vineyards and enjoy the summer majesty of the region's Mediterranean coastline. Che figata!

Get there: The Puglia region is approximately 4-5 hours driving time from Rome, but airlines like Ryanair, Alitalia and Lufthansa all offer quick and affordable one-hour flights from Rome to the town of Bari in the heart of Puglia.