Places one hour from Ostuni

The City of Ostuni enjoys a strategic position, just in the middle of the Puglia Region. With this mini tour guide from Ostuni Touring, we recommend the most beautiful places to visit.

Valle d’Itria

One of the green lungs of the Puglia Region that extends between the Municipalities of Ostuni, Cisternino, Locorotondo, Alberobello and Martina Franca. A valley shared by as many as 3 provinces: Brindisi, Bari and Taranto. The Valle d’Itria is a particular and suggestive area. The flora inside is varied and offers magnificent colors, based on the seasons. You can go from the green fields of arable land to the vineyards of Minutolo I.G.P. that climb the terraces at the foot of Locorotondo, the wooded areas with Mediterranean scrub and cork oak trees of the Murgia or the expanses of millennial olive trees of Ostuni. Also striking is the Main Canal of the Great Aqueduct, an early 20th-century viaduct built by the Apulian Aqueduct that stretches from Ceglie Messapica (Bosco del Ulmo) to Cisternino (Contrada Figazzano) and on which – from 2014 – a well-known cycle route was created as Ciclovia del Acquedotto Pugliese.

For a complete overview of our excursions in Valle d’Itria, click HERE

Polignano a Mare

A pearl overlooking the sea. Polignano a Mare is known for its blades including the most famous Lama Monachile, so called because historically there has been certified the presence of Monk Seals.
There are also numerous caves, such as the Grotta delle Rondinelle.
The historic center of Polignano a Mare is flat and therefore easy to access. Suggestive are the views that its terraces overlooking the sea will give you.
A place of interest to visit absolutely if you are in Polignano a Mare is the Abbey of San Vito. Other obligatory stages are: the Mother Church of S. Maria Assunta, Arco Marchesale or Porta Grande, Piazza Aldo Moro, the Casa dell ‘Orologio and the monument erected in honor of the singer-songwriter Domenico Modugno.
For a complete overview of our excursions on Polignano a Mare, click HERE

Locorotondo

The small round village that dominates the Valle d’Itria and which owes its origin to its circular shape. Locorotondo is a place that will enchant you. Its small alleys will make you lose among the ancient “Cummerse”, the small stone houses built with dry laying and with a sloping roof. Walking through its alleys you will arrive in Piazza Fra Giuseppe Andrea Rodio, where we recommend you visit the Church of San Giorgio Martire. If you want to enjoy a breathtaking view over the Valle d’Itria, we suggest you go to the Piazzetta Garibaldi. Another corner of paradise that this village can offer you, are the terraces of Via Nardelli. Classic agricultural terraces, formerly used by the inhabitants of the center for the planting of Minutolo vines.

Otranto

The easternmost municipality of Italy as Punta Palascia, is the most geographically eastern point of the Italian peninsula. The historic center of Otranto was recognized in 2010 as a UNESCO cultural heritage and is part of the “Most Beautiful Villages of Italy” club. The history of this city is very similar to that of Ostuni, due to their history. Also Otranto has seen the succession of various civilizations: from the GreekMessapians to the Romans, passing through the Byzantines and then later to the Aragonese with the annexation to the Kingdom of Naples. Do not miss the visit of the Aragonese Castle, a walk on the seafront of the heroes or the Cathedral also consecrated to Santa Maria Assunta. But the city is also famous for its extra-urban territory such as the Hypogeum of Torre Pinta, the Grotta dei Cervi or Bauxite Lake.
For a complete overview of our excursions on Otranto, click HERE

Gallipoli

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Known as the “The Ionian Pearl” due to its position, it’s a City that extends over two distinct areas: the Historic Center and the Borgo Nuovo. The historic center was built on a small limestone island, characterized by low houses and wide streets, with a distance of about 1.5 km. The Borgo Nuovo is the “youngest” part of the City, which began to form around the first half of the 1800s and is connected to the historic center by a masonry bridge dating back to the 17th century. To the west of the city there are three suggestive islands known as Isola del Campo, Isola dei Piccioni and Isola di Sant’Andrea. One of the places of interest that deserves to be visited is the Basilica Concattedrale of Sant’Agata, the Angevin Castle and its Cinta Muraria with the 10 bastions.

Taranto

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Spartan colony founded in the 8th century b.C. with the name of Taras, it is the City of Salento most exposed to the west. The history of Taranto is directly linked to that of Magna Graecia as its most important city. This is due to its strategic position on the homonymous gulf that historically allowed it to excel in the economic, military and above all cultural sphere. The places of interest that you should visit are the Cathedral of San Cataldo, the Ponte Girevole, the Aragonese Castle, the Fortress de Laclos and the Greek-Roman Necropolis

For a complete overview of our excursions on Taranto, click HERE

Matera

The City of Sassi with its historic districts – Sasso Caveoso and Sasso Barisano – dug into the rock, is one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world. The two main districts were excavated and built on the Gravina di Matera which divides the city into two parts. In the center – to separate the two districts – is the Civita. In 1993 it was recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and in 2019 it was the European capital of culture. If you decide to visit Matera you cannot absolutely go to the Cathedral of the Madonna della Bruna and Sant’Eustachio, the Church of San Pietro Caveoso and the rupestrian churches present in the Park of the Murgia Materana
For a complete overview of our excursions in Matera, clikk HERE

 

 

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