12 - Itria Valley Tour (Locorotondo, Ostuni & Martina Franca)
Locorotondo is one of the most beautiful villages in Italy, in the heart of Valle d’Itria. The name of the town reveals the round shape of the old town, made of sloping-roofed small houses called “Cummerse”. Locorotondo is the most beautiful balcony of the Murgia dei Trulli and from the Belvedere you can admire the extraordinary territory rich in vineyards, dry stone walls, clusters of Mediterranean forest, olive groves, farms and an infinite number of trulli. The historic town is graceful and intimate, from Piazza Vittorio Emanuele the path along which are the Municipal Building now the city Library, the baroque Palazzo Morelli, and the Mother Church.
Then visit Ostuni, perched on three hills and called “the White City” because of the whitewash used in the old town. Visit of the old town, the Romanesque and Gothic 15th-century Cathedral, the Piazza Beato Giovanni Paolo II (piazzetta Cattedrale) where the 18th-century palaces of Palazzo Vescovile and the old Seminary facing each other.
Martina Franca is located on the eastern hills of Murgia; the name of the city refers either to San Martino who saved the inhabitants from enemy invasions and to the period during which Philip of Anjou gave to 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 of Stefano da Putignano and Giuseppe Sammartino.
Visit to a hypogeum mill from the 1500’s where you can admire the machinery of the ancient production of extra virgin olive oil. Visiting an oil mill in Puglia means discovering the roots and the beauty of the territory. The expert of extra virgin olive oil will accompany us to the discovery of the oil mill. Here, we will discover the machines, techniques and production process of the Extra Virgin Olive oil, from ancient times to the present day and we will 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 its flavour.
Appointment with the participants
Guided tour in Locorotondo, the heart of Valle d’Itria
Departure for Ostuni and tour in the White City
Stop for free lunch and free time
Departure for Martina Franca
Visit of Martina Franca
Visit and tasting in a hypogeum mill
End of the experience
THE PRICE INCLUDES
- means of transport car or minivan
- guide in English/Italian Language
- visit hypogeum mill
Experience guaranteed for min. 2pax.
Medium/low difficulty level - suitable for adults and children
For more informations about terms and conditions, click here
Every day, from Monday to Sunday