The white villages of Apulia
A region rich in peculiarities
Also known as the Valley of Trulli, the Itria Valley is dotted with small villages, all characterised by a blinding white colour, which gives each village in the Valley a magical appearance. In these splendid architectural jewels, you can discover the traditions and flavours of authentic Apulia, for an absolutely unforgettable experience.
Ceglie Messapica is one of the oldest towns in Apulia: the historic centre, with its medieval layout, is a maze of beautiful alleyways paved with white 'chianche' (slabs of limestone), and is surmounted by the mighty Ducal Castle of the 16th century. In addition to its undoubted architectural quality, in this splendid Apulian village it is possible to taste the 'biscotto di Ceglie Messapica', a Slow Food presidium: a small pastry made with almond paste. In addition to this famous product, Ceglie is a centre of excellence for food and wine in general: the catering is based on authentic Apulian tradition, using high quality local products.
Ostuni, the white city of Salento, is one of the most famous cities in Apulia: its historic centre, once entirely painted with white lime, climbs up the sides of a hill with a tangle of winding alleys, small market squares and courtyards. Of great artistic interest is the 15th-century Ostuni Cathedral, a jewel of 15th-century Salento architecture. The food and wine range between the sea and land based meals, as the white town is inland but just a short distance from the sea; here you can sample traditional Apulian dishes and local produce. In the evening, Ostuni comes to life thanks to the many bars and clubs in the historic centre and along the coast.
The famous Apulian town, also known as the "Capital of Trulli", is a town in Apulia not to be missed: the uniqueness of Alberobello has also been recognised by UNESCO, which awarded the town the title of World Heritage Site in 1996. The best way to visit Alberobello is to get lost among its alleys: walking from one district to another, you can also reach the panoramic terrace, from which you can enjoy a breathtaking view of the Trulli of Alberobello. Among these historic buildings (the oldest date back to the 14th century), some are used as restaurants: inside the Trulli-restaurant you can taste local Apulian delicacies and other local products.
Locorotondo is a small Apulian jewel, a characteristic village with a circular layout characterised by the 'cummerse', typical houses with sloping roofs. The old town centre can be easily visited on foot, and from its belvedere you can admire a unique and exciting landscape: the Trulli extend as far as the eye can see, with alternating vineyards and dry stone walls, Mediterranean woods and olive groves, as well as splendid farmhouses. A typical product of Locorotondo is Bianco Locorotondo DOC: a fresh, light wine that is the ultimate expression of the winemaking experience of the town's inhabitants.
Cisternino is a unique village that has been awarded numerous titles, such as Jewel of Italy, Most Beautiful Village in Italy, Slow City, Orange Flag of the Italian Touring Club, Green Flag and City for Peace. The numerous awards are well deserved: Cisternino is one of the most fascinating villages in the whole area, to be experienced by getting lost in the alleys and small squares that unfold on the hill; the architecture is not planned but completely "instinctive", which makes the old town extremely fascinating. Typical of Cisternino are the grills outside the butcher's shops on which the freshly selected meat is roasted: simple but unmistakable flavours that allow you to discover and fully experience the traditions of Puglia and take you back in time.
The village of Fasano is definitely worth a stroll, but it is archaeology lovers who will adore this town: there are six archaeological sites of inestimable value here, such as the National Museum and Archaeological Park of Egnatia and the Lama d'Antico Park in Fasano. Another famous attraction is the second largest animal park in Europe: the Zoosafari, where you can admire lions, tigers, giraffes, elephants, monkeys and much more up close in a 140-hectare park, to the delight of young and old alike.