Apulia or, as it is known locally, the region of Puglia, is located on the southeastern border of the country along the Adriatic Sea. In Apulia, the products for shopping are localized and each province has its own special products. In the Foggia province, food processing is quite famous. In Barletta visitors can find textiles, furniture, wooden artifacts and footwear. The locally made products of footwear, food, clothing and textiles have gained much significance in recent times, and visitors can find a variety of places and markets where they can purchase these amazing products throughout the region.
In Apulia there are a variety of outdoor markets and flea markets that take place all through the year in different locations. In Italy, the best places to shop are the outdoor markets since they offer good unique items at inexpensive rates. Usually, the outdoor markets are not held permanently but they are usually held once a month or once a year.
The market of Grumo Appula is a handicraft market which takes place every year in August. In the same month, another handicraft market takes place in the town of Alberobello. In the town of Lecce, an interesting flower market is held in the Month of May for ten days and on the last Sunday of every month there is a flea market in Piazza Libertini. In Brindisi, there is a large market every month where visitors can purchase antiques and several modern items in the Piazza Teresa. In the market more than sixty different stands offer various unique items at very low prices.
Another antique market takes place in Gallipoli the first Sunday of every month. One of the best markets are in Acquarica del Capo, in the month of May, where various handicraft items made from straw, bamboo and swap are sold; in September on the 8th during the festival of the La Madonna del Ponte, a large handicraft market takes place, where hundreds of tourists visit to purchase interesting souvenirs and locally made products.
The province of Bari is the main province in the region. In the main town of Bari there are quite a lot of good places where visitors can shop. Apart from the monthly outdoor markets where visitors can find plenty of good handicrafts, souvenirs and antiques, the food markets are also quite good. The food markets take place each week in Bari on Wednesdays and visitors would be able to get an opportunity to get a sneak peak into the local lifestyle of the people of Bari.
Brindisi is a town and a sea port in Apulia and is located in what is known as the ‘heel of the boot’ in the region. The food markets in Brindisi are every Thursdays and there visitors would be able to find plenty of local fresh produce and food products. There are also a few wine shops in Brindisi where visitors can purchase good quality Italian wines. From the food shops in Brindisi, visitors can purchase olive oil or fresh cheese. Since Apulia is known for its wooden and cane handicrafts and also for its beautiful fabrics, there are a few shops in Brindisi too where visitors can find these products.
Sights: Basilica di Santa Croce, Duomo di Lecce, Piazza del Duomo
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