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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 heel.
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.