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The coast of Taranto in Apulia spans over 87 miles, with a diverse and beautiful natural landscape: wild areas with sheer cliffs, long stretches of fine sandy beaches that blend with the deep blue sea and the green maquis, in some places completely deserted, in others enlivened by quaint seaside resorts. Once a Roman citadel, the collapsing historic medieval centre of Taranto is gritty and dirty but has a lovely seaside promenade.
Puglia is the 'heel' of the Italian boot, the Gargano Peninsula is its 'spur' and Abruzzo and Molise together form the 'ankle'. Hugging the south eastern seaboard of Italy and facing towards the Balkans, the mountainous regions of Abruzzo and Molise differ considerably from Puglia, the richest of the three.
Dominated by the Apennine mountain range, the hinterland of Abruzzo and Molise forms one of Italy's last wildernesses. The coastline of the Gargano Peninsula in Puglia (Apulia) is packed with cliffs, caves and islets. Reaching south is the fertile plain of Tavoliere, and further south a series of upland plateaux (the Murge) descends towards the dry Salentine Peninsula and the Adriatic.
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