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Tourist Route 1

The cathedrals
of the sea

Discover the city of Bari, with its imposing monuments and its streets built with large stones of white ``chianca``, and the city of Trani with its incredible sea view.

BARI

Tour the dense maze of alleyways connecting the streets of this old town, which contains the Cathedral of San Sabino, Castello Svevo and the Basilica of San Nicola. Trace the history of its different ruling cultures by visiting its monuments.

TRANI

The Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta of Trani on the sea is the finest example of a Romanesque cathedral in Puglia. The marina and the two Jewish synagogues are also worth visiting.

Tourist Route 2

Flavours of the
Valle d'Itria

Itria Valley is a small corner of Puglia with villages with many traditional flavours and aromas that have led to their protected designation of origin by Slow Food Presidia, an internationally recognised symbol of excellence.

LOCOROTONDO

One of the most beautiful villages in Italy and holder of the Italian Touring Club ‘Orange Flag’. Perched on a plateau in the heart of the Itria Valley, Locorotondo appears as a circular village of white houses, from which rise the steeples of many churches located in the small historical centre.

CEGLIE MESSAPICA

Truly historic and gastronomic centre of the region. This old hill townis a pure medieval construction, which includes the Ducal Castle, the Collegiate Church and the Baroque Church of St. Dominic of the Bernini school.

MARTINA FRANCA

Small jewel of the Baroque period with with the Basilica of San Martino and the Church of Carmine, and many magnificent buildings, including the seventeenth-century Palazzo Ducale and Palazzo Martucci. Also famous for its sausages and salame made from traditional old recipes. The most highly regarded are Capocollo di Martina designated by Presidio Slow Food, one of the best known “norcini” [cold pork meat] delicacies of the area.

CISTERNINO

One of ‘The most beautiful villages in Italy’, with its entrance guarded by the Tower of Porta Grande topped by a statue of St. Nicholas, its historic buildings, such as the 16th century Governor’s Palace, a typical example of Baroque style in Puglia, the Vescovile Palace and the Tower of the Wind.

Tourist Route 3

The splendour
of the UNESCO sites

One of UNESCO's goals is to safeguard cultural or natural sites, which can be considered an important heritage for the world community. In this region there are three UNESCO sites: Castel Del Monte, the Trulli of Alberobello and the Sassi of Matera.

TRULLI OF ALBEROBELLO

These are peasant dwellings, easy to demolish and undemanding to rebuild. Remarkable examples of buildings with dry –stone walls (mortarless), with their typical cone-shaped roofs.

CASTEL DEL MONTE

Emperor Frederick II of Swabia commissioned this imposing, octagonal-shaped, hill-top castle with its eight, 24 m-hightowers in 1240.

I SASSI DI MATERA

Sassi are fascinating ancient rock cave dwellings. Matera is a charming city built of stone. Houses, churches and streets cling to the rock slopes that lead up to the Romanesque cathedral. All this has led to Matera, with its Sassi and its rock churches, being designated the Capital of Culture in 2019.

Tourist Route 4

The wonders
of the coast

Long kilometres of coastline with enchanting little spots waiting to be discovered. Terraces overlooking the sea, beaches with breath-taking colours and refined, elegant, white cities resembling fairy-tale decorations on a wedding cake.

POLIGNANO A MARE

The “blue pearl” of the Puglia coastline welcomes guests with its big Marchesale arch leading to the Clock Piazza, from which narrow streets branch out leading to the true landmark of this town: the terraces and balconies offering a breath-taking view overlooking the sea.

MONOPOLI

15km of low, rugged coastline and intense colours characterise this “unique” charming seaside town. The surrounding farming countryside is dotted with hamlets and fortresses. This old, medieval town is dominated by the Castle of Charles Vand the nearby archaeological excavations of Egnazia date back to ancient times.

OSTUNI

Known as the White City, due to its dazzling, whitewashed houses, Ostuni is an old town surrounded by Aragonese walls. An exquisite architectural jewel with small squares and narrow streets that climb the side of a hill, topped by the Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Assumption that overlooks the olive tree-covered plain below.