Cisternino – One of the most beautiful places in Italy
Surrounded by olive groves and vineyards, Cisternino lies in the heart of the Puglia region, on a hill in the “Murgia dei Trulli”. Particularly worth seeing is the historic old town, with a fantastic architecture of white houses and steep outside stairs, narrow streets, arches and bridges and small courtyards – partly built in oriental style (evidence of the Saracens). For good reason, therefore, the place has also been awarded one of the most beautiful villages in Italy. The church “Chiesa San Nicola”, the main church of the village, was built on an ancient church of the Basilian monks, and inside you will find the Madonna del Cardellino. The heart of Cisternino is the Piazza Vittorio Emanuele with the well-known clock tower, where many small concerts and events take place during the summer. Belvedere, the lookout point in front of the old town, offers you a splendid panorama over the valley with the characteristic trulli – small round farmhouses with the typical conical roofs.
For gourmets Cisternino is a mecca, because here are numerous restaurants that offer culinary delights. Highly recommended are u. a. the many different appetizers. Of course, this includes a delicious wine, because Cisternino is located on the pugliese wine route. If you like something more rustic, go to one of the local “fornelli”, where the meat is grilled directly at the butcher and served with small side dishes and local wine.
The landscape around Cisternino, the Valle d`Itria (Itria Valley) enchanted by its play of colors especially in the time of the olive and almond blossom, but also by the always silvery green shimmering olive groves, as well as the green holm oaks and pine forests. The whole valley is surrounded by the typical dry stone walls that wind around the numerous trulli. Ideal the narrow streets to explore this area by bike.
Long Puglia beaches, rocky coves and dune landscapes await you
The azure sea, with its crystal clear waters, is only 20 minutes drive from Cisternino and offers a magnificent kilometer-long coastline from Torre Canne, one of the oldest and most beautiful spas, to Marina di Ostuni. Whereby fine sand Puglia beaches, with small reefs, cliffs and dune landscapes alternate. The closest of Cisternino’s Apulia beaches are in Torre Canne, from there it goes south to Villanova and Marina di Ostuni.