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 • PresidentMichele Emiliano (PD)
 • Total19,358 km2 (7,474 sq mi)
 • Total4,063,888
 • Density210/km2 (540/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
GDP/ Nominal€69.5[1] billion (2008)
GDP per capita€16,900[2] (2008)

Apulia (ə/ POO-lee-ə; Italian: Puglia [ˈpuʎʎa]; Neapolitan: Pùglia [ˈpuʝːə];[a] Albanian: Pulia; Ancient Greek: Ἀπουλία, translit. Apoulía) is a region in Southern Italy bordering the Adriatic Sea to the east, the Ionian Sea to the southeast, and the Strait of Otranto and Gulf of Taranto to the south. The region comprises 19,345 square kilometers (7,469 sq mi), and its population is about four million.

It is bordered by the other Italian regions of Molise to the north, Campania to the west, and Basilicata to the southwest. Across the Adriatic and Ionian Seas, it faces Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Greece, and Montenegro. Its capital city is Bari.


Apulia's coastline is longer than that of any other mainland Italian region. In the north, the Gargano promontory extends out into the Adriatic like a 'sperone' ("spur"), while in the south, the Salento peninsula forms the 'tacco' ("heel") of Italy's boot.[3] The highest peak in the region is Mount Cornacchia (1,152 meters above sea level) within the Daunian Mountains, in the north along the Apennines.

It is home to two national parks, the Alta Murgia National Park and Gargano National Park.[4]

Outside of national parks in the North and West, most of Apulia and particularly Salento is geographically flat with only moderate hills.

The climate is typically mediterranean with hot, dry and sunny summers and mild, rainy winters. Snowfall, especially on the coast is rare but has occurred as recently as January 2019 (following on from snow in March 2018 and January 2017). Apulia is among the hottest and driest regions of Italy in summer with temperatures sometimes reaching up to and above 40 °C in Lecce and Foggia.

The coastal areas, particularly on the Adriatic and in the southern Salento region are frequently exposed to winds of varying strengths and directions, strongly affecting local temperatures and conditions, sometimes within the same day. The Northerly Bora wind from the Adriatic can lower temperatures, humidity and moderate summer heat while the Southerly Sirocco wind from North Africa can raise temperatures, humidity and occasionally drop red dust from the Sahara. On some days in spring and autumn, it can be warm enough to swim in Gallipoli and Porto Cesareo on the Ionian coast while at the same time, cool winds warrant jackets and sweaters in Monopoli and Otranto on the Adriatic coast.

Landscape of the Murge plateau
Other Languages
Afrikaans: Apulië
Alemannisch: Apulien
አማርኛ: አፑሊያ
Ænglisc: Puilla
العربية: بوليا
aragonés: Pulla
arpetan: Poulye
asturianu: Puglia
azərbaycanca: Apuliya
Bân-lâm-gú: Puglia
беларуская: Апулія
беларуская (тарашкевіца)‎: Апулія
Bikol Central: Apulia
български: Пулия
bosanski: Apulija
brezhoneg: Puglia
català: Pulla
Чӑвашла: Апули
Cebuano: Apulia
čeština: Apulie
corsu: Puglia
Cymraeg: Puglia
dansk: Apulien
davvisámegiella: Puglia
Deutsch: Apulien
eesti: Apuulia
Ελληνικά: Απουλία
español: Apulia
Esperanto: Apulio
euskara: Apulia
français: Pouilles
Frysk: Apûlje
furlan: Pulie
Gaeilge: Puglia
Gàidhlig: Puglia
galego: Puglia
Gĩkũyũ: Puglia
客家語/Hak-kâ-ngî: Puglia
한국어: 풀리아주
հայերեն: Ապուլիա
हिन्दी: पुलिया
hrvatski: Apulija
Ido: Apulia
Ilokano: Apulia
Bahasa Indonesia: Puglia
interlingua: Apulia
Interlingue: Apulia
Ирон: Апули
íslenska: Apúlía
italiano: Puglia
עברית: פוליה
Basa Jawa: Puglia
Kapampangan: Apulia
ქართული: აპულია
қазақша: Апулия
kernowek: Apuli
Kiswahili: Puglia
Ladino: Puglia
Latina: Apulia
latviešu: Apūlija
lietuvių: Apulija
Ligure: Puggia
Limburgs: Apulië
lumbaart: Püja
magyar: Puglia
македонски: Апулија
मराठी: पुलीया
مازِرونی: پولیا
Bahasa Melayu: Apulia
Mìng-dĕ̤ng-ngṳ̄: Apulia
Nederlands: Apulië
日本語: プッリャ州
Napulitano: Pùglia
нохчийн: Апули
Nordfriisk: Apuulien
norsk: Puglia
norsk nynorsk: Puglia
occitan: Polha
ਪੰਜਾਬੀ: ਪੂਲੀਆ
پنجابی: صوبہ اپولیا
Papiamentu: Apulia
Picard: Poulles
Piemontèis: Pulia
polski: Apulia
português: Apúlia
română: Apulia
русский: Апулия
sardu: Pùglia
Scots: Apulie
shqip: Pulia
sicilianu: Pugghia
Simple English: Apulia
slovenčina: Apúlia
slovenščina: Apulija
српски / srpski: Апулија
srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски: Apulija
suomi: Apulia
svenska: Apulien
Tagalog: Apulia
tarandíne: Pùgghie
Türkçe: Puglia
українська: Апулія
اردو: پولیا
vèneto: Puia
Tiếng Việt: Puglia
West-Vlams: Apulië
Winaray: Apulia
粵語: 蒲利亞