Puglia is a gem. It is still off-the-beaten-path for most travelers. Puglia is isolated from the main central and northern regions of Italy by being in its heel, in a peninsula sticking straight out into the Mediterranean (like Florida's panhandle is to the USA). The customs and architecture in Puglia remain true to it's origins: sparce, rustic, and simplistic. The typical lodging there is a Trullo, which is white, circular and with cone shaped roof (see thumbnail image). Known of it's ancient groves of olive trees (and delicious oils!).