Southeastern Italy — the “heel and instep of the boot,” as it were — includes the regions of Basilicata and Apulia (also known as Puglia). This is where the Adriatic meets the Ionian Sea, where the base of the Apennine Mountain range collides with low-lying farmland and beaches. The steep mountains of Basilicata have prevented the Southeast Coast from developing its tourism industry the way Naples and the Amalfi Coast have to the west, and a good bit of the historic sites in this region have been destroyed by earthquakes and World War II fighting. But Italy's Southeast Coast strives to offer year-round activities for the increasing number of tourists who choose to visit.

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