What's where - with major Trenitalia rail lines
But as well there's also....
Puglia's own public transport system - the Ferrovie del Sud Est -
which offers both train and bus services around the region.
Most importantly, they're the people if visiting Alberobello!!!
On this map of their railway lines, the blue and green "F" symbols
indicate towns with an interchange to lines served by the main state
operator - the Ferrovia del Stato, usually known as "Trenitalia"
Their website briefly offered an English version - but that seems to
have gone again.
If happy with some simple Italian look for map and timetable downloads on....
:: Trani - Puglia ::
One of the run of cathedral cities on the Puglian coast to the north of Bari, pretty Trani - some
30 miles or so away - was an important port during the Crusades, with a church and hospital built
by the Knights Templar.
Click the pictures and choose whichever size best suits your monitor - if necessary, press F11
to see more the titles and captions...
For a leaflet on the area, try http://www.italiantouristoffice.se/sv/docs/515.pdf
:: Alberobello and its trulli ::
Much of the Puglian town of Alberobello - 30 miles southeast of Bari - is like any
other southern Italian community, but one small area is remarkable for being home
to the largest concentration of trulli - a fairyland of small stone dwellings built
in a characteristic loyal style.
:: Twice to Lecce ::
During the 17th century, much of Lecce was decorated in an idiosyncratic Baroque style -
with elaborate new facades and interiors being created for many of the existing public
and religious buildings.
In the heart of the town there are also the remains of a Roman theatre and amphitheatre.
Photos from two visits - slides taken in May 2001, digital snaps from September 2005
:: Locorotondo ::
The pretty Puglian town of Locorotondo is only a couple of minutes train ride from
Alberobello - and offers a good refuge from the daily crowds of visitors there!
It stands on a small hill, commanding wonderful views over the surrounding countryside
and - although only a few miles distant - feels completely different, sedate even,
after the tourist hurly burly that descends on the trulli.
Click on individual images for a larger version...
:: Gallipoli, Manfredonia and Vieste ::
Mostly shot as 35mm slides, during late May 2001
The photos from Lecce are now all here....http://www.pbase.com/isolaverde/puglialecce
:: Puglia - churches ::
A collection of images from various trips
:: Train to Trani ::
Some photos taken on the most interesting part of a five hour, 250km journey that cost just
14 Euro - done in three stages on separate regional trains:
- Naples to Benevento
- Benevento to Foggia
- Foggia to Trani
::::: Update 2010 ::::: Sadly, not only was the wonderful single railcar train we took to
Foggia (service #8235) amongst those withdrawn due to cuts but, ignominiously, it was then
replaced by a bus!
The Old... on the way out
At Barletta station, an elderly train of the "Ferrovie del Nord Barese" group
- the third rail company you'll find in Puglia - which provides local transport
for the area between there and Bari.
... and the new, on its way in
Sadly for photographers, and those who love fresh air, no more drop-down windows
- instead air-conditioned climate control, but curtains which haven't been blowing
in the rain all day!