Apulian landscape is very heterogeneous.
From the gentle slopes of the Tavoliere (tableland) where
you may get lost in endless fields of wheat in what is commonly
known as the "Barn of Italy", to the Murge plateau
that slopes down slowly to the sea.
The Tavoliere changes its appearance
40 km north of Bari, where it turns into a green sea of ancient
olive trees that cover the whole region till the tip of the
Generous trees now become the symbol of an age-old fruitful
and rich land, olive groves alternate with the polychromatic
variety of vineyards of the Murge plateau starting from Castel
del Monte through Sanmichele di Bari and Gioia del Colle to
reach Valle d'Itria.
Apulian landscape is marked by the
ruggedness of rocks, real wounds inflicted by time that have
changed its appearance forever, thus creating gorges and gullies,
the so-called ravines, maybe formed by prehistoric riverbeds
that are now drained and that have probably sheltered entire
flocks and communities for centuries. Hence, a rough landscape
which is revealed up to its roots by a number of beautiful
caves, such as Castellana's, where at the beginning of the
20th century the most impressive speleological complex ever
found in Italy was finally discovered, a real natural cathedral
that confuses the visitors with its stalactites and stalagmites
whose weird shapes have elicited the creativeness of names.
Immersed in a natural environment to live and experience a
day of exotic surprises and faunal education, the SAFARI PARK
is the largest park in Europe with the greatest number of
species. It stretches over 140 hectares covered by maquis
at the feet of Fasano woody hills, one of the most beautiful
places of Apulia, just 7 Km from a wonderful sea.
The park was opened on 25 July 1973, and has progressively
grown in size as the number of species coming from 5 continents
increased. In this park, animals live completely free, with
no cages or barriers and they can be observed, photographed
and filmed in their own environment. The park is divided into
two separate areas: the Safari park and Fasanolandia amusement
park, thus offering all families the opportunity to spend
a relaxing day, numbering some one million visitors a year.
The amusement area offers many attractions, including one
of the largest dolphinaria in Europe.