Cisternino, boasts a small, utterly charming old town centre that has remained virtually intact for centuries. Its whitewashed houses, narrow, shady streets, historic churches and elegant central piazza open out onto a series of panoramic view points from which visitors can take in the surrounding countryside, with its rolling hills, dry stone walls and white-tipped conical trulli roofs piercing the green fields.
Cisternino is pleasant to visit at any time of day, though there is something particularly magical on a summer’s evening as the sun sets and the locals come out for their evening passeggiata (stroll).
You don’t need to go to a restaurant to eat in Cisternino, however, the town is famous for its barbecuing butchers! All you have to do is choose your meat – maybe the local speciality, bombette, which are little meat parcels filled with mince, ham and cheese. Take a seat outside with a carafe of local wine, while the butcher will then barbecue your chosen goodies and bring them out to you when ready. A truly local and delicious eating experience.
Locorotondo is one of Puglia’s prettiest towns with a proudly conserved, easily-walkable centre and a calm, laid-back atmosphere.
The historic part of town – the centro storico – is circular and perched on top of a hill. It’s a whitewashed maze of little lanes lined with historic buldings, some humble and faded, others retaining rather grand baroque archways and architectural details. As well as the little rural trulli houses, which you can see outside Locorotondo, this area is also notable for another unusual type of building. These are houses with pointed gable roofs – uncommmon in Italy – called cummerse. You’ll see whitewashed examples of these in Locorotondo’s tightly-packed centro storico.
Try to avoid going on a Tuesday, as like a lot of little towns in Italy, you will find most restaurants and shops will be closed. Italian’s like to have Tuesday’s off!