AN ENCHANTED HAMLET
BETWEEN OSTUNI AND
Borgo del Tempo Ritrovato is located in the Itria Valley, in Apulia, a magical and suggestive territory with typical “Trulli”, a millenary Mediterranean gastronomic tradition devoted to hospitality in a unique place to be discovered, between Martina Franca and Ostuni.
Martina Franca is a 14th century town that lies in the middle of the Itria Valley and was founded by the Prince of Taranto Philip I of Anjou. It is known for its Baroque architecture and the Itria Valley music festival, an event that has been held for over 40 years from mid-July to mid-August and is aimed at opera and symphony music lovers.
The city center is Piazza XX Settembre and the nearby Villa Comunale. At the side of the villa stands the 15th century Church of Saint Anthony. By passing through an arch you reach the historic center in which the Palazzo Ducale stands. It currently houses the Town Hall. If you take Corso Vittorio Emanuele, you can see another baroque facade: it is the Basilica of Saint Martin, built in mid-18th century, on which you can admire the beautiful portal with the sculpted group of Saint Martin and the beggar. We suggest to walk in Via Cavour, perhaps the most characteristic street of the city, with its numerous baroque buildings. The Church of Saint Dominic is very beautiful and elegant: it was built on a pre-existing Romanesque building in 1750. This characteristic village of the Itria Valley, in addition to the numerous architectural beauties, is also known as the cradle of the production of one of the typical products of the entire region: the Capocollo of Martina Franca.
Ostuni, also known as the White City, is picturesque and waiting to be discovered. Renowned tourist destination, Ostuni boasts a wonderful medieval village, full of narrow streets and whitewashed houses in a maze that resembles an Arab casbah.
A walk in the old town, known as the “land” to distinguish it from the more recent “marina”, offers picturesque glimpses of alleys, steep stairways, courtyards and squares overlooked by white houses embellished with geraniums, craft stores, typical restaurants and little stores. In the center of the village, you can admire the 15 th century Cathedral in Romanesque-Gothic style and its large rose window with 24 rays of rare beauty. Along Via Cattedrale dividing the medieval heart of the city in two, there is the former Carmelite Monastery, seat of the Museum of Preclassical Civilizations of the Southern Murgia where the cast of Delia is exhibited. She was a pregnant woman who lived 25,000 years ago.
Churches and stately homes follow one another in the old town surrounded by Aragonese walls where the old gates Porta Nova and Porta San Demetrio open. The countryside of Ostuni, however, is dotted with farms, many of which have been transformed into cozy farmhouses and luxury resorts.