North Salento

The Valle d’ Itria . Alberobello , Locorotondo and Martina Franca

Among the provinces of Bari , Brindisi and Taranto , the Itria Valley is best known for the typical trullo houses and the small and nice villages .

Tour : The tour begins with the visit of Alberobello , a city famous because of the trullo houses also named as Unesco World Heritage in 1996 , and its two districts : the District Aja Piccola and Rione Monti . It continues with a visit to the old center of Locorotondo and its approximately circular plan with its white houses. Last stop Martina Franca , another baroque town in Apulia , featured by rich mansions , churches and monumental spaces such as the Basilica of San Martino and  Plebiscito Square.

Cities Area North Salento

Art and culture

Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta – Ostuni

The Ostuni Cathedral, dedicated to Santa Maria Assunta, began to be built during the bishopric of Nicola Arpone (1437 – 70), shown at the foot of the Virgin in the lunette of the main entrance. Looking at the facade of the church, divided into three by pilasters, you may notice persistence Romanesque and Gothic influences. The eye is immediately caught by the large central rose window with the representation of Christ Salvator Mundi and cherubs. Lunettes on the side entrances you can see bas-reliefs representing, on the right, St. John the Baptist, on the left, San Biagio. The church has a Latin cross plan, divided into three naves. Numerous transformations took place over time, affecting the internal structures of the Cathedral: columns incorporated by pillars, ceiling paintings embedded, stucco that overload the round. The persistence rare medieval frescoes having regard to the subject invention of the Cross, St. Catherine of Alexandria and the Madonna della Salute.

St. Mary from Cerrate Abbey

Surronded by the Salentine countryside, the St. Mary from Cerrate Abbey is an incredible example of Normand religious architecture.
Although, most part of the annexed monastery is in decay, the visit is worth it for the astonishing church, the underground oil press and the Museum of the local people traditions, where you can see some frescos belonging to the ancient Abbey, the reproduction of some rooms of the old local farmhouses and tools regarding the life of local farmers during the XVIII and XIX century.
Duration 1.5 hrs

Church of Our Lady of Aurio – Surbo

The Romanesque church of Our Lady of Aurio , the twelfth century , was built in the medieval hamlet of Aurio , which was probably placed a layrion Basilian , hence the name of the house . Irregularities in the construction suggest the presence of an ancient Greek building . Here is celebrated the Madonna of Aurio , according to the rite greek the Tuesday after Easter , religious holiday which perhaps derives the feast of Lu Riu . Since 1837 the festival was moved to Surbo, but was made a jaunt to D’ Aurio