Polignano a mare
From its high 24 metri , with its grouping of whitewashed houses with its past which has Greek origins (it can be seen from the root of his name “polis” or city) Polignano A Mare attracts every year thousands of tourists are literally charmed and enchanted by this place “fairytale” which almost seems to be a work of art.
This cost is in itself one of the attractions of Polignano A Mare because of its very fascinating sea caves dug patiently weather and the erosion of wind and sea, perfect destination for fans who like caving or seascapes. Staying right at San Vito, we have the ‘ Abbey with Romanesque church that at the 13-14-15 June, for the celebrations of the patron saint, is dressed up and become the starting point for the procession of the relics in the sea the patron saint of the country and of all fishermen.
Moving within the country and in particular on the new boardwalk D. Modugno, you’ll find the Museum of Contemporary Art Pino Pascali, dedicated to the artist’s native place with a series of exhibitions and unique collections all over the national territory. But without a doubt the most fascinating part is the old village which is accessed by passing ‘ Arco Marchesale or Old Port dating from the seventeenth century and still in excellent condition.
Continuing along via Judea , former Jewish ghetto, where the former cathedral in which we can admire a series of art works by Vivarini and Stefano da Putignano (we mention the “Nativity” a national monument in the ‘500, also will cross the Church of Purgatory and the former church of Santo Stefano in which now houses the Art Gallery “Pino Pascali.”
For those who love the testimonies of the past, especially those archaeological, a stop is a must at the remains of the ancient and massive walls with the ancient defensive towers that surround Piazza Garibaldi and in the past represented the last bastion of the city from invaders and enemies. Of great prestige even two Roman era bridges with the remains of the street Original Traiana that crossed the city (there are even in Roman times the original chianche with ruts of wagons) and the buildings that were once used for the storage of foodstuffs and the catch. In urging south again and crossed the Roman bridge and Lama Monachile you admire the ” Bastion Saint Stephen ” and the new and magnificent Statue of Domenico Modugno, the famous singer who took the name of Polignano and its beautiful blue sea around the ‘Italy and the World with the Italian song of the century “in the blue painted blue (Volare)”.
Castel Del Monte
Castel Del Monte, building dating back to 1240, stands on the top of a hill and surrounded by forests and is certainly the most famous testimonial of the particular artistic and architectonical point of view of the magnificent Frederick II of Svevia.
We don’t know yet what this castle were used for, characterized by an orthogonal structure with its eight towers that make an unforgettable game of lights and shadows.
The first wildlife park in Italy, the richest of animal species in Europe. It covers an area of over 140 hectares of land, much of which to Maquis. Standing on the hills of Selva di Fasano one of the most beautiful places of Apulia just seven kilometers from a crystal clear sea.
Sassi di Matera
The stones of Matera close to a ravine created by the erosion of a stream, is Matera, “the city of stones”. Most emblematic example of troglodyte town, in which man has used natural caves as dwellings, Matera has a valuable collection of archaeological material of age chronologically distant: prehistoric, Roman, medieval and baroque.
Bari is located on a small promontory in the East, the capital of the region is a land rich in history and of great interest. over the majestic presence of the Castle of Frederick II, there are traces of stucco decorations and Baroque and Romanesque buildings like the Cathedral of San Sabino and the famous Basilica of San Nicola.
Ostuni in the territory full of olive trees, between the Murge and the sea, stands Ostuni “the white city”, named for the color of its houses that cascade from the top of three hills, shine for white lime. Like most of these small towns, is closed by walls and cylindrical towers of medieval origin; narrow streets, stairways and arches leading to its Cathedral of the late fifteenth century.
Castellana Grotte born in the heart of a karst area of considerable interest, is characterized by the presence of the famous caves.
Discovered in 1938, the caves offer beautiful scenery caving made of stalactites, stalagmites, tunnels and caves where the famous Grotta Bianca is the most exemplary.
Lecce is famous for the architectural features and the beautiful baroque monuments of its historical center. Winding streets and squares frame important buildings such as the Basilica of Santa Croce, where elements of Apulian Romanesque blend with spectacular baroque decorations and the Duomo, exemplary synthesis of Baroque Salento.
The Valle d’Itria is the land of elegant towns of white houses, Locorotondo, Martina Franca, but above all stone, lime and Trulli land. Morphologically and structurally old, the trullo, singular construction with the base of mortar and coverage of conical chiancarelle, generally occurs as isolated incident except for Alberobello. Only town consisting entirely of these peasant houses of the sixteenth century it was recognized in 1996 by ‘UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Trani, famous for its limestone stands over a large natural bay.
The Swabian castle that thanks to a recent restructuration has discovered the old brilliant colours, looks the Cathedral that, like a sheep anchored to the cliffs with its high bell tower, make unmistakable the view of this old town.