Apulia, land of the sun
In addition to being the easternmost region of Italy Apulia, with about 800 kilometers of coastline is one of the Italian regions with greater coastal development. Along the coast there are rocky stretches (like the Gargano), cliffs (rocky shores by sheer walls), but also sandy beaches (such as along the Gulf of Taranto). In 2010 the Secretary of Health said that 98% of the Apulian coast are bathing. Within the region is mostly flat and hilly, with no obvious contrasts between a territory and another. However, there are eight different subregions: Gargano and Daunian Apennine are the only mountainous areas of Apulia (with reliefs that exceed 1000 to 1100 meters above sea level); the Apulian Tavoliere, extended for 3000 square kilometers, is the largest plains of Italy after the Po Valley, the Murge, a plateau of limestone located south of the Tavoliere that extends to the Serre Salentine; the Bari area, between the Murge and the Adriatic Sea, is a flat area or slightly wavy; the Itria Valley, located between the provinces of Bari, Brindisi and Taranto, is characterized by alternating between valleys and waves and above all by a very high sparse population (this is the area of greatest concentration of trulli); Arc Ionian of Taranto follows the coast of the province,running from the Murgia, from north, to Salento, to south, embracing a hilly area and a wide flat coastal area. The Tremiti archipelago belongs to Apulia, to the northeast of the Gargano, the small islands Cheradi near Taranto and the island of St. Andrew near the coast of Gallipoli. From the point of geographical view the physical region of Apulia also includes the small archipelago of Pelagosa, north-east of the Tremiti, which is now part of Croatia.