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Valle d'Itria - Alberobello, Martina Franca, Cisternino, Locorotondo

the land of Trulli

Alberobello

It represents the heart of the Valley of the Trulli. Founded in the fifteenth century by the Counts Acquaviva, Alberobello is a picturesque tourist and agricultural center, formed largely of trulli, which give considerable architectural interest recognized World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1996. In Alberobello there are only about 1,500 trulli of various kinds. Alberobello, city of the trulli, occupies a land full of stratified limestone rocks, which provide the building material that makes it unique not only the image of Alberobello itself but throughout the neighboring prettamenete.

Locorotondo

From the Latin locus rotundus, is a medieval name clearly to indicate the roundness of the hill where the country would then be built. Worthy of note are the church of Our Lady of Greek, became a national monument, and the main church dedicated to the cult of St. George the Martyr, built in 1578. Locorotondo is among "The Most Beautiful Villages of Italy". The important recognition for its historic center, is yet another confirmation of the natural wonders of Locorotondo and the valley of the trulli in Puglia.

Martina Franca

Elegant town situated on one of the last southern hills of south-eastern Murgia, Martina Franca overlooks the charming Valle d'Itria, a beautiful expanse of green white with trulli. The main attraction of the city is without doubt 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, marked by the ancient "casedde", the famous Trulli, and the typical local farms, valuable evidence of the industrial, Martina Franca is surrounded by a vast territory from jeweled karst caves.

Cisternino

Cisternino is nice village on a slope overlooking the Itria Valley and on the other coast. The houses in the old town have a typical oriental appearance, with its hidden courtyards and outdoors stairs connecting to the floors. The incomparable view from the rural scenery of the great valley scattered with trulli. To visit: the Cathedral Church of St. Nicholas of Patara is of Roman origin, which stands on the remains of a primitive crypt Basilian, the shrine of Our Lady of Hibernia and the tower of the Great Gate of Norman origin.