Getting married in Puglia between the provinces of Bari, Brindisi, Lecce and Foggia and the villages, means immersing yourself in places rich in history, art, beautiful landscapes, culture and a breathtaking sea. These places represent some of the most fascinating destinations for Easter vacations or in view of the good season.
In Apulia there are “little jewels” that meet between the coast and the inland and that will make your vacations in Apulia really complete.
1. THE MAGIC OF LOCOROTONDO AND ITS “CUMMERSE”
The village of Locorotondo, whose name derives from the Latin “lucus rotundus”, is located on a hill of Val d’Itria, represented by a group of houses that form a circular agglomerate.
The foundation dates back to around the year 1000 and its beauty lies in the narrow streets, whitewashed and ancient, but also in its many churches, traditions that live on in the patronal festivals and festivals.
The cummerse are the characteristic roofs of the houses with two slopes finished with tiles, which enhance the architectural value.
The mother church of San Giorgio stands out with its neoclassical bell tower. Another church that I recommend you to visit is that of Madonna della Greca, in Romanesque style and with a beautiful rose window in the center. The area where Locorotondo rises is also called “Murgia dei Trulli” and one in particular you can admire in the historic center.
It is the oldest trullo in the village and dates back to ‘500 and is located in the district Marziolla. A unique naturalistic view of the Itria Valley can be seen by walking along via Nardelli. Among the most suggestive events in Locorotondo do not miss the representation of the Passion of Christ at Easter.
2. ALBEROBELLO. WEDDING IN APULIA AMONG THE TRULLI
In Val d’Itria, but in the province of Bari, is Alberobello universally known for its particular cone-shaped buildings, which refer to the ancient custom of peasants to build their homes.
The peculiarity of these houses is their being built completely dry, with the roof composed of the typical “chiancole”. This allowed the inhabitants not to pay taxes to the Kingdom of Naples, because the houses so would have been “temporary”.
Alberobello is a World Heritage Site since ’96 and the largest trullo is the “Sovereign”, the only one with 2 floors, inside of which was set up a museum. The largest agglomeration of fifteen trulli communicating with each other you will find in the area of Casa Pezzolla.
They are the oldest in Alberobello because they date back to the 18th century.
A walk through the streets of Alberobello will immerse you in a suggestive dimension, where there are small stores, stores and places where you can taste the delicacies of the typical cuisine.
3. POLIGNANO A MARE. A DIP IN THE SEA OF APULIA
Polignano a Mare is one of the most amazing villages of Puglia. It is a village perched on the limestone and tufa rock, beaten by the waves and subject to erosion and for this reason rich in ravines and natural caves, among which the most famous and that you should not visit is Palazzese.
Lama Monachile is a stretch of sea as well as the most beautiful area of the village, with the most coveted beach nestled between 2 rock walls.
Polignano is crossed by the ancient Via Traiana, one of the most romantic places if you want to take a walk in the evening as the Bridge of the two seafronts, which offers a panoramic view of the sea for sure.
There are several churches in the village and the most important is the one dedicated to the medical saints Cosma and Damiano. In front of the coast you can admire the “Scoglio dell’Eremita”, linked to legendary stories.
4. OTRANTO. THE MOST BEAUTIFUL BEACHES OF SALENTO
Otranto has always been the “gateway to the East” and for this reason it is one of the most beautiful places where you could spend your vacations in Puglia. It can be considered one of the most beautiful places of Salento, with its historic center that stands on a peninsula connected by an ancient bridge.
From here you can reach the Aragonese castle, seat of important cultural events. The paved streets, the stores, the small restaurants, make Otranto a quiet place, where you can bathe with the enchanting sea of Salento. You will be amazed by the mosaic in the majestic Norman cathedral.
Salento reveals among the other villages Presicce, which is also the most famous site for underground oil mills. The area has always been rich in olive groves and gave a lot of work to those who were engaged in the “trappiti”, so much so that the season extended from October to March. The millstones were pulled by donkeys and only in the historical center of Presicce you can visit eight underground oil mills.
You can also visit the museum of rural civilization and stop in front of the noble palaces, including the Ducal, the Villati and the Alberti of ‘600.
At about 7 km from Presicce you will find a renamed beach, called Maldive del Salento, which corresponds to the famous beach of Pescoluse, with crystal clear waters and a Caribbean scenery.
On the map of Puglia that you are following do not forget to note this beach of Salento of an irrepressible beauty.
If you are wondering what to see in Puglia that is truly picturesque, the answer is Specchia, in the province of Lecce.
It is included in the list of the most beautiful villages in Italy for its medieval style with white houses and ancient sixteenth century palaces.
Among the most beautiful ones there is Palazzo Risolo with a grand monumental doorway and the Palazzo Baronale Ripa.
The village is situated between the hills and the mountains and as you climb to the top of the hill where it is located, you can admire a beautiful view of nature.
Specchia is so called for the numerous “specchie”, that is stones that characterize its territory. Here, too, one can admire the underground oil mills and the narrow, white streets with their low houses.
7. ACAYA. VACATIONS IN SALENTO IN A SMALL VILLAGE
For your vacations in Salento you can choose the peace you breathe in Acaya, populated by less than 500 inhabitants. It is likely that on the map of Salento is not reported, so small is this center.
It is a hamlet of Vernole with a fantastic castle of the 16th century, wanted by Charles V on which there are also powerful fortified walls.
Porta Sant’Oronzo is a massive structure that introduces to the village and it is so called because of the presence of the statue of the saint above it. Walking through its streets means to completely immerse yourself in the atmosphere of the ‘500.
8. SANTA CESAREA TERME. VACATIONS IN PUGLIA ON THE SEA
Santa Cesarea Terme is one of the most suggestive places with a dream sea in Salento that you will visit. It is full of clubs, restaurants, bars and a breathtaking panoramic view that can be enjoyed from the top of the cliffs.
Your gaze will be enraptured by the many villas of the nobles of the 1800s who came here to spend their vacations, also to take advantage of the natural hot springs of the place. These are sulphurous water springs naturally warm and extremely beneficial.
The most famous of the noble villas and best visible from the coast is Villa Sticchi in vaguely Moorish style, dominated by a dome and very elegant. Among the most anticipated events in your summer in Apulia, there is the festival of cozza piccinna and other dishes based on this delicious shellfish.
9. CASTRO. THE ZINZULUSA CAVE
The village of Castro is not far from Santa Cesarea Terme and the most important attraction are the remains of the castle of the thirteenth century, to which were connected important defensive walls, of which you can still admire long stretches that have been well maintained over time.
The village is a succession of low houses, with windowsills full of flower pots and a tranquility that invites you to stay.
The coast of Castro is typically karst and it is precisely in correspondence of the village that stands the famous underlying Zinzulusa Cave, which was inhabited by humans since ancient times and that you can visit with guides only by sea.
In Castro marina there is only a small beach of pebbles and rocks. Even today you can admire the fishermen or women intent on repairing the nets in these villages.
There are still a few examples of lampare, the boats that fish relying on the light of night lamps, a craft that is now being lost. Don’t miss between June and July the Wine Fest in Castro and other festivals of typical Salento products.
10. CALIMERA. THE EDGE OF GRECÌA SALENTINA
Among the 10 most beautiful villages of Apulia we must also include Calimera, rich in traditions that refer to the ancient influence of Magna Grecia. One of the most curious villages to which is linked a tradition between the sacred and the profane is that of the Sacred Rock of San Vito, a high monolith where people go on Easter Monday to have good luck.
It is full of magic and mysteries this village of Salento, which is one of the places where to admire the most famous Apulian dolmens and menhirs, such as Gurgulante and Placa. The numerous archaeological finds are preserved in the local Civic Museum of Natural History.
Here people speak the “griko” language and even the typical songs and dances, such as the “pizzica”, are often in this very ancient language.
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