Cisternino

A superb terrace on the Itria Valley. 

 

Cisternino is listed among Italy’s Most Beautiful Villages. Its natural terrace overtops the bucolic countryside of the Itria Valley. Its charming medieval historical centre is characterized by white-washed, stone buildings with cool, shaded, cave-like interiors.  Here we will take you through narrow alleys paved with “chianche” (typical limestone paving stones) to discover countless beautiful hidden corners of this labyrinth city. 

In the beautiful Romanesque church of Saint Nicholas you may also discover some outstanding renaissance sculptures by Stefano da Putignano.  

Cisternino has also a remarkable gastronomic tradition: the most famous recipes of the town are fave bean purée with wild chicory and grilled meat at “fornello pronto” (a butchers’ shop, where the costumers can select the meat, which is grilled and consumed on-the-spot at the adjoining dining area), a must-have in any Apulian food trip. 

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Combine the visit of Cisternino with one of this experiences:
Archaeological excavation of Egnatia

Archaeological excavation of Egnatia

The archaeological site of Egnatia, the ancient Gnathia, is situated in a beautiful natural environment. The site is characterized by a wonderful countryside and by the sea that runs along the coast. read more

Castellana Caves

Castellana Caves

The beautiful Castellana caves are the magical expression of nature’s tireless work over millions of years. In this natural phenomenon, you will recognize spectacular spires that reminiscent of Gothic cathedrals, as well as mythical animals and ancient trees. read more

Cheese tasting

Cheese tasting

Enjoy the vast production of high quality fresh cheese of Puglia! We will visit an artisanal cheese factory where, from the expert hands of the dairyman, some of the most famous Italian delicacies are born. read more

Cooking class

Cooking class

In introductory Apulian cooking classes you will have the chance to gain practical knowledge about some of the most typical dishes of Puglia, including the most famous orecchiette with broccoli rabe. read more

Extra Virgin Olive Oil tasting

Extra Virgin Olive Oil tasting

Visiting a traditional olive oil mill, we will learn about the traditional method of olive oil process, which uses granite millstones, as well as the modern processing system. We will taste different extra virgin olive oils produced by an olive oil farm in the heart of the wonderful Itria Valley. read more

Food street market

Food street market

Get a taste of traditional life in Puglia! At least once a week, every Apulian town organizes a local market where you can find local fresh food products... read more

Grilled meat at “fornelli”

Grilled meat at “fornelli”

A "Fornello Pronto" is a butchers’ shop with a dining area where the meat is cooked in wooden-fired stone ovens. The hometown of fornelli is Cisternino, one of Italy’s Most Beautiful Towns, with a natural terrace overlooking the bucolic countryside of Itria Valley. read more

Hiking tour in the Ostuni countryside

Hiking tour in the Ostuni countryside

We will hike about 2/3 hours (depending on you preparation) and we will admire the beautiful Apulian countryside with ancient olive trees, mediterranean herbs and dry-stone walls. We will see the most beautiful and ancient olive trees of the area and an underground olive oil mill which dates back to the pre-roman age.  read more

Lunch or dinner in a Slow Food Restaurant

Lunch or dinner in a Slow Food Restaurant

We will take you to the most authentic places, and we will introduce you to Apulian restaurants selected by the Slow Food Movement... read more

Valle d’Itria Festival

Valle d’Itria Festival

We take you to the Valle d’Itria Festival, where music and beauty blend with opera. Live the famous Puglia’s magic summer nights in Martina Franca! read more

YOU CAN VISIT NEARBY

Alberobello

Alberobello

Alberobello is the Itria Valley’s premier location to see trulli, the cone-shaped houses distinctive to Apulia, making it the most enchanting part of Italy’s heel. Alberobello has become a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1996 and it is a definitely the landmark of Puglia, a unique place that can not be missed. read more

Ceglie Messapica

Ceglie Messapica

Ceglie Messapica is an authentic temple of gastronomy. Enjoy a fascinating walk along its enchanting streets and piazzas, in the heart of the Itria Valley. We will immerse ourselves in the daily life of a typical southern Italian town. Ceglie, that was an impressive Messapian fortress during the VIII century bC, is today one of the most fascinated cities of Puglia, the unmistakable skyline is dominated by the tower of ducal castle and the polychrome dome of the collegiate church. read more

Locorotondo

Locorotondo

The white and gleaming town of Locorotondo is certainly one of the most fascinating and unique places in Puglia. No wonder that the town is ranked among the most beautiful in Italy... read more

Martina Franca

Martina Franca

The elegant Martina Franca is located on the hills of the Murgia plateau between the provinces of Taranto, Bari and Brindisi and is one of the most enchanting towns of Itria Valley. Thanks to its quaintly narrow streets and its unique Mediterranean atmosphere, the town attracts lots of tourists. It is known as the second baroque city of Puglia after Lecce. read more

Ostuni

Ostuni

The gleaming white city of Ostuni sits atop the last hill of the southern Murgia plateau. Looking out from its fortifications, your eye is drawn over a plain full of ancient olive trees toward the crystal blue waters of the Adriatic Sea. read more

What our guests think of us…

Our guests’ satisfaction is our greatest reward and we couldn’t be more proud of their reviews. That’s why we want your trip to be unforgettable!

  • star rating  It's the first time I went to Puglia with a couple of friends and we decided to book a mozzarella production tour and tasting since we are all cheese lovers.... read more

    majamrso
    August 7, 2022
  • star rating  Michele was MORE than helpful in communicating back and forth with me when I asked for advise on the best bakeries to experience the bread of Altamura and Matera. Fantastic... read more

    JimW757
    August 6, 2022
  • star rating  Wonderful and knowledgeable tour guide Michele! Tours are fully customisable and you can go at your own pace! We will be booking further tours in future. Grazie mille ️

    Monikat1984
    August 5, 2022
  • star rating  We wanted a custom tour of Puglia and Michele delivered!
    He worked with us to see what we wanted to see. He was very familiar with the... read more

    39nickit
    August 1, 2022
  • star rating  Had the best experience with my friends visiting the Masseria Fragnite which was all organized by Apuglia Slow Travel. Michele was our guide for the day and he was fantastic.... read more

    JeannePaquette123
    July 31, 2022
  • star rating  Had the best time sightseeing Puglia! Michele was an expert on the region and arranged great experiences for me and my friends to enjoy the best Puglia has to offer... read more

    sofiasY2447CS
    July 31, 2022
  • star rating  We had a wonderful cheese tasting visit organized by Michele. Visiting the masseria owned by a local family was a lovely experience!

    emmalM5096AZ
    July 31, 2022