One of the most beautiful places in Italy!
Surrounded by olive groves and vineyards Cisternino is in the heart of Apulia, on a hill in the „Murgia dei Trulli„. Of particular interest is the historic old town, with a fantastic architecture of white houses and steep outdoor stairs, narrow streets, arches, bridges and small courtyards – partly built in the oriental style (testimony of the Saracens).And for good reason, therefore, the place was also awarded one of the most beautiful villages in Italy. The Church „Church of San Nicola,“ the main chirch was built on an ancient church of the Basilian monks, and inside you will find the Madonna del Cardellino. The heart of town is the Piazza Vittorio Emanuele with the famous clock tower. Here in the summer, there are many small concerts and events. Belvedere, the vantage point just outside the old town, offers a panoramic view of the valley with the characteristic trulli – small round farmhouses with the typical conical roofs.
Cisternino is a mecca for foodies, because there are plenty ofrestaurants offering culinary delights. Highly recommended areamong others the many „antipasti“. Of course, this includes a delicious wine because Cisternino lies on the Wine Road. Those who prefer a little more rustic, goes to one of the typical local„fornelli“, is where the meat directly from the butcher grilled and served with small side dishes and local wines.
The landscape around Cisternino, theValle d‘Itria (Itria Valley) enchants withits play of color, especially during the olive and almond blossom, but also by the evergreen shimmering silvery olive groves andthe green oak and pine forests. The entire valley is surrounded here by the typical dry stone walls that wind their way around the many Trulli. Ideally the narrow streets to explore the area by bike.
The azure sea with its crystal clear water is onlyabout 20 minutes from Cisternino and offers a magnificent mile-long coast of Torre Canne,one of the oldest and most beautiful thermal baths, according to Marina di Ostuni. Said widesandy beaches alternate with small reefs andsand dunes.