The Puglia region of Italy extends along the southeastern coast, including the heel of the country's boot. The town of Foggia is in the northwestern part of the region, inland from the spur jutting into the Adriatic Sea.
Foggia was historically marshy and inhospitable, but in the 11th century settlers managed to dry out much of the area. The majority of the historic buildings that once stood in Foggia were destroyed by earthquakes that struck roughly every 100 years from the 15th century. Additionally, the area was heavily bombed during World War II.
Attractions worth checking out in Foggia include the 12th century cathedral, which has been repaired and renovated. The church's bell tower was built after the original collapsed in an earthquake in the early 18th century. There is a museum dedicated to the archaeological finds in Puglia, and there's an excavation site of ancient villages at Passo di Corvo.
Foggia is about 60 miles from Bari, Puglia's capital, and can be a good base from which you can explore the Gargano Peninsula and other parts of northern Puglia.