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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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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 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
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
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
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