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Puglia


Puglia in one of the twenty Italian Regions and it is located on the south of Italy. Bounded by Molice on the north, the Adriatic Sea on the east and the south and Basilicata on the west, it covers an area of 19.358 km▓ and its capital is Bari. Puglia; it is composed of six provinces: Bari, Foggia, Barletta-Andria-Trani, Lecce, Brindisi and Taranto, Its population is 4,084.941 inhabitants. Puglia is a long, narrow peninsula most of the area is occupied by plains and hills, apart from some mountains of the Southern Apennine chain and the Gargano promontory.

Puglia was originally inhabited by Greeks and other cultures conquered this region such as Romans, Lombards, the Franks and the Saracens; in consequence of its history there are different kinds of dialects; in the north the main dialect is the Neapolitan called northern Pugliese, in the southern part, a Sicilian dialect called Salentino and in the isolated areas the dialect is Griko and a French-Provenšal language called "Faetar".

Agriculture is the most important activity in Puglia with products such as grapes, olives, cereal and beets, but in the last twenty years the industry grew enormously because companies such as ILVA and other important companies that engaged to steel-making and petrochemical industry, currently those companies provide most jobs; in the region there are also other activities such as textiles, clothing, footwear, vehicles and food products composing 70% of the economical activity.

Puglia is also an important producer of vegetables; one will find many kinds of vegetables such as thistle, peppers and aubergine, artichokes, from beans to lentils, vetch, beans and red onion as well as seafood. Thanks to the variety of products Puglia cuisine is highly prized in Italy, the most traditional dish is the Orecchiette al rag¨ di carne; Puglia also is a wine producer, one can find many kinds of wines such as Alezio, Leverano y Saleci Salentino, Brindisi.


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