12 - Valle d'Itria Tour (Locorotondo, Ostuni & Martina Franca)
Locorotondo is one of the most beautiful villages in Italy, in the heart of Valle d’Itria. Its name reveals the round shape of the old town, made of small, sloping-roof houses called “Cummerse”. Locorotondo is the most beautiful balcony of the Murgia dei Trulli and from its “belvedere”, you can admire an extraordinary territory rich in vineyards, dry-stone walls, Mediterranean woods, olive tree groves, farms, and so many trulloes. The historic town is graceful and intimate, from Piazza Vittorio Emanuele along which there are the Municipal Building (now the city Library), the baroque Palazzo Morelli, and the Mother Church.
After, visit to Ostuni, perched on three hills and called “the White City” because of the peculiar white lime washed houses of the old town. Visit to the old town with its 15th-century, Romanesque and Gothic Cathedral, and Piazza Beato Giovanni Paolo II (“piazzetta Cattedrale”) where the 18th-century buildings of Palazzo Vescovile and of the old Seminary face each other.
Martina Franca is located on the eastern hills of Murgia; the name of the city partly refers to San Martino, who saved the inhabitants from the enemy invasions and to the period during which Philip of Anjou gave his subjects exemptions (in Italian “franchigia”) on taxes. In the old town, there are examples of Baroque architecture in the Palazzo Ducale, Palazzo Martucci, Palazzo dell’Università, Palazzo Motolese, Palazzo Maggi, Palazzo Ancona and the magnificent Cathedral of San Martino with sculptures by Stefano da Putignano and Giuseppe Sammartino.
Visit to a hypogeum mill dating back to the 1500s, where you can admire the machinery for the ancient production of extra virgin olive oil. Visiting an oil mill in Puglia means to discover the roots and the beauty of this territory. An expert in extra virgin olive oil will let us discover the oil mill overlooking the Piana degli Ulivi. Here, we will learn more about the machineries, techniques and production process of the Extra Virgin Olive oil (EVO), from ancient times to the present days. We will also observe all the bottling and packaging phases. The tour in the mill ends with the tasting of some extra virgin olive oils served with Apulian bread to exalt their flavour.
Meeting with the participants
Guided tour in Locorotondo, the heart of Valle d’Itria
Departure to Ostuni and tour in the White City
Stop for free lunch and free time
Departure to Martina Franca
Visit in Martina Franca
Visit and tasting in a hypogeum mill
End of the experience
THE PRICE INCLUDES
- means of transport car or minivan
- English/Italian Language guide
- visit to a hypogeum mill
Meeting point: on demand
Experience guaranteed for min. 2pax.
Medium/low difficulty level - suitable for adults and children
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Every day, from Monday to Sunday