Polignano a Mare is a beautiful town perched on cliffs that rise from the clear waters of the Adriatic Sea, enriched with beautiful caves including the most spectacular in size, play of light and color is the Cave Palazzese.
The presence of man dates back to Neolithic times and is attested by the archaeological sites of S. Barbara and Manfred hypogeum.
The presence of Roman domination is evidenced by the Via Appia Traiana, which bears witness to the socio-economic dynamics of the ancient town. Wandering in the center polignanese you can see the artistic and cultural influence over the centuries has written his micro.

In the historical center is accessed through the main door now called "Arc Marchesale" which was the only entrance to the city until 1780, when south-east was opened small door. The arch Marchesale still shows where the guides ran the grating, the ties of old doors and a century fresco representing the Crucifixion.
Arch Marchesale passed, we reach the piazzeta dedicated to the noblewoman and writer Fulvia Miani Perotti, belonging to the family of feudal lords of Polignano, owners of the Palace Marchesale.
Front is observed the Governor's Palace, left the palace dedicated to the artist Pino Pascali where you can see the 'Archive Pascali and enjoy art exhibitions of various kinds, in Via dei Mulini is located the Church of Purgatory born at the Cemetery St. Martin.
Continuing in Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II admires the Palace Clock medieval and the Mother Church. The latter, built on a former pagan temple, is in Romanesque style and keeps within the works of a Renaissance sculptor Pugliese, Stefano da Putignano; paintings dating from the fifteenth and eighteenth centuries. and wooden furniture.
The old town leads through alleys and lanes that come with the charming balconies overlooking overlooking the sea, offering visitors stunning views of the azure sea.

Polignano birthplace of the famous singer Domenico Modugno, "Mr. Fly," which you can see a bronze statue dedicated to him on the waterfront.



Not far from the Adriatic coast and in the heart of the subregion Premurgia, Conversano preserves and reveals a wealth of rare artistic beauty that dates from the arrival of the Normans in 1054 when Geoffrey de Hauteville, Robert Guiscard's nephew, built the Norman castle with trapezoidal cylindrical and polygonal towers and majestic. Conversano bears the marks of time and reveals them starting from the ancient cyclopean walls.
Vibrant city that is its square Conversano called "Largo Court" where you stand the Romanesque Cathedral, built between the eleventh and twelfth centuries. The Benedictine Monastery and Castle. The latter houses the paintings of Paul Finoglio seventeenth-century artist.


Known for the complex karst caves, among the largest (about 3 km) and evocative of Italy, Castellana Grotte offers an underwater paradise where you can admire the impressive works of art result of the slow flow of water. In the depths of the earth colorful stalactites and stalagmites, alabaster fluorescence, underground lakes and the invisible hand of nature offer a unique spectacle.
Castellana is full of noble palaces, churches, among which the baroque Church of San Francesco.


Known worldwide for its houses, Alberobello was declared World Heritage by UNESCO since 1996.
An ancient tradition dates back to the birth of Alberobello Giangirolamo II Acquaviva (XVII sec.) Guercio and the notorious Earl of conversation that forced the peasants to build stone huts because exempt from taxes payable to the Crown of Naples or to reserve of them are killed in checks sent by the Commission directed from Naples. The trulli were built in dry, without mortar using the typical "nonsense" drawn from the local limestone.
Alberobello in its oldest part is divided into two districts: Monti and Aia Piccola where you can admire more than a thousand trulli. On top of the first district you can visit the church of St. Anthony, also shaped trulli with large dome 21 meters high and a Greek cross, in a city you can visit the Sovereign Trullo, now a museum and place of cultural encounters.


Halfway between Alberobello and Martinafranca in that part of the Apulian Murgia known, the traveler will appear on the horizon Locorotondo as a white cathedral dominates the Itria valley dotted with trulli. Locorotondo charming village is able to receive visitors in their districts features. Maintains a national monument: the Basilian Church of Our Lady of the Greek (1100). Here you can visit the oldest trulli in Italy: Trullo in Marziolla (1509). The "Locorotondo" is a popular DOC wine production has been allowed in the provinces of Bari and Brindisi.


Murge southern city located 431 meters above sea level, Martina Franca Taranto was founded by refugees fleeing to the Saracen invasions of the tenth century. The city faces the Itria Valley, a place name that derives from the discovery of an ancient icon of Our Lady Odegitria. Itria Valley is a basin karst features a lovely natural landscape dotted with trulli bordered by stone walls.
The current appearance of the city dates back to more economic development and influenced the Baroque Lecce dominant palaces and churches, among which the church of San Martino, built over an earlier Roman building. Among the civic buildings recall the Ducal Palace, home of the Museum of Natural Pianelle University Palace (1478) and the beautiful Palazzo Stabile.
The territory of the city makes a good wine D.O.C.


Formerly called Sturnium was dominated by the Romans and was the center of the Second Punic War fought between the Carthaginians and Romans by Hannibal in 216 BC.
After the long period of peace and development coincided with the imperial era, the town was destroyed by the Goths of Alaric the early fifth century dC.L 'current resources inhabited by monks of the Basilian who refounded under the name cis-sturnium, that on this side of Sturnium, and built an abbey dedicated to St. Nicholas on the spot where now stands the Mother Church.
In town you can visit the medieval Norman-Swabian tower (XI sec.) And the Mother Church, the Episcopal Palace in Renaissance style, the Governor's Palace (XVI century)., Palaces and Pepe Cenci. Just outside the village you can visit the Romanesque church of Our Lady of Hibernia (1100).

Located a few miles from Polignano, the Archaeological Park of Egnatia represents a milestone for those who want to immerse themselves more remote antiquity. Village built in the age of bronze and survived until the end of the Roman Empire, the period Messapian keep the necropolis, the megalithic walls 7 feet high defense which extend for about 2 km around the archaeological site, graves, tombs, mosaics and a museum which houses many archaeological finds.


Only a few kilometers from the beautiful Adriatic coast atop a lonely hill rises Ostuni, known as the White City for the particular coloration of the houses with the lime that makes it visible from afar. The use of lime derived from the period of plagues and is a good way to work out roads built between the houses stacked one another. Ostuni is entered through Porta Nova (XV sec.), And Port St. Demetrius (XIII sec.) Opening into the wall which has the particularity to accommodate civilian homes. Among the churches include St. James of Compostela (XV sec.), S. Maria Annunziata (1499), the sober Lady Nova (1561), St. Peter (1659), Cathedral (XV century). With beautiful rose window and Sant'Oronzo the column in the center square.


The foundation of Oria, according to Herodotus, came when a group of Cretan wrecked along the coast not far from Salento Oria. The Cretans chose the highest hill to begin construction by the city because there could well control the surrounding territory. Gave this city its name Hyria. The city of Oria Messapic had contact with all the major cities of the time, both of which city Messapia Magna Graecia. The castle, built by Frederick II in the thirteenth century, is the main monument. Among the churches that stand out for their artistic interest of St. Francis of Assisi (who went on preaching here), St. Francis of Paola (1580) S. Mary in the Temple (XII sec.), St. John the Baptist and St. Dominic (1572). Outside the town do not miss the church of S. Mary Gallani along the Via Appia Antica and the Madonna della Scala (thirteenth century).. In the first decade of August takes place on the parade, consisting of some 400 participants and sees the four districts face two tests of the medieval time.

Beautiful town overlooking the Adriatic Sea near Bari, Trani infects visitors through the beauty of its harbor and its immense historical architettonico.Il its territory was inhabited continuously since Neolithic times but the current center appeared in Roman times with Turenum name along the route of the Via Traiana, probably in the third century AD. According to legend, was founded by the Tyrrhenian Instead, the mythical son of the Homeric hero Diomedes. Getting in Trani, through the magnificent old town of Trani and made of stone buildings, churches, come to the port and admire the Castle Frederick overlooking the sea is an unforgettable experience for every visitor sensitive to artistic beauty. The Romanesque Cathedral dedicated to San Nicola Pellegrino (1097), stands majestically overlooking the sea and became a reference point for sailors. The visit can not be said complete excluding the Doges Palace in Venice Giudecca and synagogues, once a ghetto and a refuge for Jews.


Not far from Andria, you can visit the beautiful Castel del Monte, built by Frederick of which officially puts the construction date January 29, 1240 when the Emperor Frederick II wanted it to be built near the church of Sancta Maria de Monte, now lost . The site has since 1996 joined the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Beyond the specific meaning of the Castle, visit the place is a must for a magical atmosphere that evokes and the splendid panorama of the Murge plateau.
Routes 4: FASANO

Fasano comes from the hamlet of Santa Maria di Fajano (Sancta Maria de Fajano), founded in 1088 by part of the population had abandoned the ruins of Gnazia, one of the most important way of Trajan, with its important port.
Zoo safari di Fasano Fasanolandia is the first zoo animal park in Italy and one of the biggest in Europe for number of species present. It receives about 1,700 specimens of 200 different species in an area with Mediterranean extended for about 140 hectares. Zoo Safari of Fasano is organized in more macro-fauna.

State Nature Reserve of Tower Guaceto is a nature reserve situated on the Adriatic coast of the High Salento, a few kilometers from the centers of Carovigno Norman and San Vito, 27 km from Brindisi. This stretch of coastline, six kilometers long, including a Mediterranean landscape, with strong characters that slips over the dunes from the sea through the Mediterranean scrub and marshes, up to an olive grove. Every shape and color of the Park is promoted and shaped by the sea.
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