(distance 15 Km.) Valley , but not really. The Itria Valley , in fact , is an extensive karst hills shaped by gentle ups and downs , as karst is the area of which it is the heart: the Murgia . In the heart of the Puglia region , the valley fortunate for the fertility of its lands that have favored different types of cultivation and farms , which have become local specialties . Those who visit the Valley Itria can not fail to delight the senses with delicious meat roasted on the embers , salami , mozzarella , grilled vegetables and fresh pasta , still made by hand , and seasoned with tomato and ricotta cheese.
(distance 21 km.) Elegant town located 431 m . height above sea level , overlooking the charming Itria Valley , a beautiful expanse of green white trulli . The main attraction of the city is undoubtedly constituted by the quaint old town , a splendid example of baroque art, with its narrow streets , its white alleys, palaces and stately and monumental churches . Besides a fascinating landscape dotted with ancient " casedde " , the famous Trulli , and the typical local farms . Martina Franca is therefore a very popular tourist destination , not only for its rich artistic heritage and precious architectural, historical but also for its vibrant culture , which finds best expression in the famous and awaited Festival of the Itria Valley .
(distance 21 km.) Proceeding from the Itria Valley stands Lodorotondo surrounded by her curtain round huts with roofs made from cummerse , that is pointed, and covered with limestone . It is a lovely village gathered around the mother church and the town hall , crossed by concentric streets and populated by small houses leaning against each other . Small homes that appeal to the white sparkling lime and small doors and windows , almost looking like a landscape invented for a fairy tale . Is tasty and fragrant white wine doc produced by wineries Locororondo , whose nectar is obtained by pressing of the grapes produced in the Valle d' Itria and processed according to ancient procedures that leave intact the taste of genuine things .
(distance 11 Km.) Elements that distinguish Ceglie are the kitchen with its simple dishes rich in tradition and flavors , manages to rediscover ancient culinary magic handed down by our ancestors and art that has found its greatest exponent in Emilio Night which is dedicated to a Art Gallery in the historic center of the country . Arriving in this town you will encounter certainly in a sign above - stated : ' Ceglie, cities and land of gastronomy . The town and ' the capital of taste dell'Altosalento and has over the years received numerous awards.
CISTERNINO: (distance 13 Km.) At 393 meters above sea level , the town overlooks the valley Itria . The night walk winds through the narrow streets and squares illuminated by soft lighting and the sound of a few notes of jazz that unfolds through the air followed by a tantalizing scent coming from local restaurants . In the heart of Cisternino there are butchers where you can ask to roast the meat you have chosen a few minutes before here is the stove ready . Around a table set with ease , sipping a red frank , between the street scene or the tavern adjacent to the store , so you can taste beef sausage , bowlers steaming and excellent " gnummered " made with lamb entrails ... The smell is so inviting ! Night charms , charms and seduces not only for the charm of a city dipped lime that shines under the glow of the moon , but especially for the liveliness and spirit of a style that night inevitably will pull you.
ALBEROBELLO: (distance 30 km.) is the heart of the Valley of Trulli . Alberobello was founded in the fifteenth century by the Counts Acquaviva . Alberobello is a picturesque tourist and agricultural center formed largely by Trulli , which give , besides a vague air fairy , considerable architectural interest recognized in 1996 a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
FASANO: (distance 22 km.) Situated behind the Murgia , between the Adriatic sea and the forest , Fasano is entirely submerged by centuries-old olive trees and orchards . Born on the ruins of Egnatia , ancient Roman port , which today represent one of the most important archaeological sites in the history of the Roman Empire . A city close to the sea that has been able to mix over the centuries the testimonies of the passage of the Romans with the medieval attractions , including Eastern footprint , and forms more refined and graceful baroque . A city that holds surprises even exotic character , like the Safari Zoo , about 2 km from Fasano , a real natural oasis in the middle of a Mediterranean vegetation , which is home to animals from all over the world and a funfair , among the largest of Puglia.
CASTELLANA GROTTE: (distance 40 km.) is an Italian town of 19,435 inhabitants located in Murgia in the province of Bari , in Puglia . It is primarily known for the karst caves of Castellana , one of the largest and most beautiful cities of Italy.
TORRE CANNE e SAVELLETRI: (distance 5 km.) On the coast , in the direction of Bari , location ' tourist recommended to enjoy the excellent local seafood in small restaurants on the sea.
POLIGNANO A MARE: (distance 40 km.) Thirty kilometers south - east of Bari , on the Adriatic coast . Here Polignano a Mare , a small town by the ancient birthplace . Standing on top of a rocky ridge overlooking the sea ; and it is in this natural resource and those of closely related , such as caves , its main wealth.
GROTTAGLIE: (distance 45 km.) Country craftsman par excellence and pottery capital of Puglia . Vases , capasoni , dishes , glasses and quarts are everywhere : in the courts , on the walls , in the terraces , even on rooftops . And not only give a profile to the country, but are also scenarios , backdrops , architectures that flood the buildings and on which emerges , with a fairytale effect , the great fourteenth century castle of the bishops of Taranto.
CASTEL DEL MONTE: Dominate majestic lands around top of a green hill , unique for its structure and for the mystery and legends that surround it and make it an international tourist destination . It was the jewel of Frederick II , the magic ring he built a testament to his greatness with stones and marbles of the Sacred Mountain : the Gargano
MATERA: The old part of the town of Matera in Basilicata , includes a unique housing complex , called Sassi , built or excavated in the tufa on the edge of a ravine . These dwellings of ancient origin form a labyrinthine path agglomeration alleys and stairways .
The buildings often have forms seventeenth century and are now almost completely abandoned .
This urban structure , unique in its kind , is waiting for a restoration and accommodation that prevent it from disappearing forever
LECCE: (distance 75 km.) The beautiful city of Lecce was called the " Florence of the Baroque " because this great phenomenon between the sixteenth and the eighteenth century embellished it with monuments . The landscape is filled with illustrious examples , and one of the liveliest is the Basilica of Santa Croce , back from a long restoration , now appears in all its white splendor . How Not to mention the Cathedral that creates , in the square , a place of great scenic beauty.