Polignano a mare
Polignano is one of the most beautiful and evocative place of Puglia. The old part is located on the cliffs, rich in caves, overlooking the crystal blue sea of picturesque and breathtaking cliffs. The old town has many narrow streets, surrounded by whitewashed houses, which come to charming balconies overlooking the sea and the beautiful landscape.
Going across just over 20 km you can visit Bari, the capital of the region of Puglia. The relics of St. Nicholas, inside the Basilica, makes Bari one of the fundamental places of worship for the Orthodox Church. Walking through the city you can admire also the beautiful waterfront, the Romanesque cathedral of San Sabino, the Swabian Castle, the old town (the so-called Old Bari) and the Murat quarter.
Ostuni is nicknamed the “White City” because of its ancient village, painted entirely of white lime. Besides, only a few minutes, there is an outlet to the sea, the old town of Ostuni splits into a labyrinth of whitewashed houses between suggestive streets and fascinating views that are unique in the world.
Alberobello is the cultural capital of the Trulli, characteristic dry-stone houses by cone-shaped roof. Since 1996 this small town has become a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is a tourist destination for visitors from all over the world.
The town, in particular the Belvedere Terrace, offers a splendid panorama of hundreds of wonderfully preserved trulli. Through the streets, you can buy typical products like orecchiette, lampascioni, taralli, craft liquor and embroidered fabrics with original vintage frames.
Castel del Monte
On one of the highest hill of the Murge is Castel del Monte, a building erected by order of Frederick II in the 13th century. The castle is considered a brilliant example of medieval architecture, so much so that UNESCO has included it to world heritage monuments. The mathematical rigor and astronomical symbolism of his plan, focused on number eight, they create a masterpiece of priceless value.
Caves of Castellana
Going across about 20 km from Rutigliano you can visit the Caves of Castellana, a complex of underground karst cavity dating back 100 million years ago.
A 3 km path, to 70 meters deep, where you can admire one of the most impressive natural sites of Apulia between caves, fossils, stalactites and stalagmites.