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From the hilltops of the Itria Valley, in the heart of the Apulia region, you can enjoy views of the vibrant and colourful landscape.  The luxuriant natural green of the oak forests, olive trees, and grape vines; the milky white of the kalsomine that covers the trullis, masserias, and city centres; and the red of the soil that lends itself to such thriving flora and fauna.

Alberobello

Alberobello is the centre of the Valley of the Trulli. Founded in the XV century, it is a picturesque agricultural town and tourist destination formed almost entirely by trulli (approximately 1,500), which give the town a slightly fairy-tale feeling. For its characteristic architectural wonders Alberobello was recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996.

Locorotondo

Locorotondo gets its name from the latin locus rotundus that was used to refer to the round hill which the city sits atop.  The city and surrounding area are characterized by rectangular constructions with pitched stone roofs, called “cummerse.”
The narrow streets of the historical centre are marvellous and enchanting.  The whitewashed walls and wrought iron balconies that are covered in hanging plants and flowers create a spectacular atmosphere.
The 130 different country roads lined with geometric olive orchards and rows of grapes are fun to explore by bicycle.  From those prized grape vines (Verdeca and Bianco d’Alessano) Bianco Locorotondo D.O.C. is born.  This wine is well known even outside of its local area and combines the culture and traditions of this rural land.

Martina Franca

Martina Franca is a recommended destination for lovers of the Baroque and elegant mansions.  The city sits upon a hill that dominates the Itria Valley, and is one of the major centres of the Province of Taranto.
The basilicas of San Martino and Santa Comasia are of extraordinary beauty with their entrances and decorations that exemplify the Baroque. In the enchanting narrow streets of the historic city centre you will take in a noble atmosphere in the presence of artistic and cultural assets that have been well conserved through the years.  In addition to its architectural sites, the city is noted for breeding of the Murgese Horse, an ancient legacy of the city’s early inhabitants, Provencal cavalrymen; and the Catalan donkey, imported during the Spanish domination of Apulia.

Cisternino

An important city during the Messapic period, Cisternino sits on a hill overlooking the Itria Valley on one side, and the Adriatic Sea on the other.  In the Middle Ages it was inhabited by Basilian Monks who had come from the East to escape persecution. Still today you can find the “specchie” (funeral monuments) and “dolmen” (tombs and alters) of the pre-Roman village.
The houses in the historic centre have a typically Eastern style with hidden courtyards and external staircases between floors. The unrivalled view offers scenes of expansive countryside dotted by trulli. In Cisternino you can often enjoy interesting musical and cultural events, especially during the summer months.

Ostuni

Ostuni’s city centre is a nucleus of alleyways, narrow streets and, small squares where at one time the five city gates and towers stood.  The most important monument in Ostuni is the cathedral, on of the most noted religious monuments in all of Apulia.  Also among the most important in Apulia, the seaside of Ostuni is spectacular and is characterized by a series of bays with rocky coasts and white sand beaches all tied together by the endless Mediterranean shrub land.

Fasano

The countryside around Fasano is full of masserias, immersed in the green of oaks, pines, olive tree, and grape vines.  The salt-water breeze coming from Torre Canne and Savelletri, renowned seaside locales that feature both rock and sand beaches and emerald water, sweetly caresses the countryside.
Be sure to visit the ancient Roman city of Egnazia, founded in the XIII century and the Selva di Fasano which is home to Zoosafari and Fasanolandia.