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Surroundings of Polignano a Mare

 

 

 

CASTELLANA GROTTE - The town in the heart of a very interesting karst area, is characterized by the presence of famous caves. The caves, discovered in 1938, offer a splendid speleological view made of stalactites, stalagmites, tunnels and caves, the most famous of them is the White Cave.  

 

CONVERSANO - Located in the first part of Murge, next to the Adriatic coast, the village presents the usual dual character of the old and new city: the charming nucleus, with a medieval elliptical plan, brings together to the top of a hill. City rich in history and culture, offers important monuments to visit: the Aragonese Castle, The Basilica-Cathedral, the St. Benedict Monastery, The Civic Museum with the Art Gallery devoted to the painter Paolo Finoglio and his painting cycle "La Gerusalemme Liberata."

 

ITRIA VALLEY - Land of elegant cities with white houses - LOCOROTONDO - MARTINA FRANCA - but especially land of stone, lime and Trulli. Morphologically and structurally very old, the trullo, unique construction with the base of mortar and conical covrage of chiancarelle, is generally as isolated fact, unless ALBEROBELLO. The only village made up entirely of these peasant houses of the sixteenth century, was recognized in 1996 by 'UNESCO' World Humanity Heritage.

 

MONOPOLI - The city for its strategic position in the past, during Byzantine and Norman period, had to undergo numerous attacks ceased piracy in the Middle Ages, when the place was repopulated. Since the year 1000, Monopoli was a bishop seat. It was under the power of Spaniards and Venetians that, taking advantage of its position, led to commercial prosperity.

 

ZOOSAFARI FASANO - It is the first faunistic park of Italy, the richest of animal species in Europe. It covers an area of over 140 hectares, much of which in Macchia Mediterranean.  Nestled in the hills of Selva di Fasano, one of the most beautiful places of Puglia, just 7 kilometers far from the sea and crystal clear.

 

BARI - Located on a small promontory hold eastward, the capital of the region is a land rich of historical proofs, of great artistic interest. To the majestic presence of the Castle of Frederick II of Swabia, are added symbolic traces of Baroque stucco works and decorations and Romanesque buildings, as the Cathedral of San Sabino and the famous Basilica of St. Nicholas.


CASTLE OF THE MOUNTAIN - Located on the top of a hill surrounded by woods, this building, dating back to 1240, is surely the most famous witness dell'architectural talent of Frederick II; residence hunting the same sovereign, the mysterious building is characterized by the octagonal plant and towers, that create an indecipherable spectacle of lights and shadows.

 

TRANI - Famous for its valuable and bright limestone, the city is situated on a natural creek. The Castle Svevo, which, thanks to recent restoration, has recovered the light of its original stone, faces the famous cathedral, as a gigantic vessel anchored to the reef, with its tall bell tower, makes unmistakable the view from the sea of this ancient village.


OSTUNI - In a territory full of olive trees, among Murgia  and sea, stands Ostuni "the white city", named so for the color of its houses that from the top of three hills shine for the white lime. Like most of these small towns, it is closed by walls and cylindrical towers of medieval origin; narrow alleys, stairs and arches leading to its Cathedral of the end of the fifteenth century.

 

LECCE - It is famous especially for architectural features and the splendid baroque monuments of its historic centre. Tortuous roads and squares frame important buildings such as Santa Croce, in which elements of Apulian Romanesque merge with spectacular baroque decorations and the Duomo, exemplary synthesis of Baroque Salentine.

 

MATERA - Behind a ravine created bythe erosion of a stream, stands Matera, "the city of Sassi". It is the most emblematic example of trogloditic city, where men used the natural caves for housing purposes. Matera has a valuable collection of archaeological materials of chronologically different ages: prehistoric, Roman, medieval and baroque.

 

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