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Valle D'Itria

Martina Franca Ufficio Turistico

37 Piazza Roma
Martina , Puglia
Tel: 39 080 480 5702

Ostuni Ufficio Turistico

8 Corso Mazzini
Ostuni , Puglia
Tel: 39 0831 301 268's insider take:

Between Bari and Brindisi the fertile Valle d'Itria is one of the great market gardens of Italy. Almonds, fruit trees, and cherry tomatoes grow alongside the grapevines in the cooler hills, and great gnarled olives, some of them hundreds of years old, carpet the coastal plain, with fortified farmhouses known as masserie rising above the green sea here and there. The area is most famous for its conical trulli dwellings, concentrated in the town of Alberobello, but there's plenty more to see. Two historic towns in particular should not be missed. Martina Franca is like a mini Lecce, but here it's more the fabric of the charming sandstone town rather than its individual churches or palazzi that is the attraction. And then there's la città bianca, Ostuni, an M.C. Escher–esque warren of whitewashed houses, which seem to have grown spontaneously and merged into each other over the centuries.

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