of the sea
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
of the UNESCO sites
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.
of the coast
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.
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.
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.