Martina Franca is a municipality in the province of Taranto located in the heart of Valle D’Itria considered a small treasure of Baroque style because of its noble palaces and its churches in Baroque and Rococò style.
Its old town is characterized by small alleys, paved streets and white houses. You can access through 4 ancient doors of the town-walls that represent the four entrances to the old town. However the main entrance of the town is Porta St. Stefano. After passing through Porta St. Stefano, you can see Piazza Roma, characterized by a wonderful green area and historic buildings, among which stands out the Duke’s Palace (today the Town Hall). Inside the Palace, some of the rooms that are worth a visit are: Sala dell’Arcadia, Sala della Bibbia e del Mito. Proceeding along Via Vittorio Emanuele you’ll get to Piazza del Plebiscito where you can find the majestic façade of the Basilica of St. Martin, a treasure of Baroque art. Inside the Basilica you can admire the high altar in polychrome marble and the canvases of the Neapolitan school.
The town is set in a wonderful rural countryside characterized by green hills, farms, dry-stone walls and the famous “Trulli” houses (traditional tiny houses made of limestone with conical roofs)
Enogastronomy is one of the highlights of our destination, boasting its excellence from bakery products to cold cut and from wine to oil. We highly recommend you to have an aperitif with a platter of Capocollo di Martina (traditional cold cut made from dry-cured pork) paired with a glass of Martina Franca DOC wine.
Therefore, we can say that Martina Franca is the perfect place for those who are looking for theright mix between art, nature and nice food..
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Places of interest
- St. Antonio parochial church (A)
- Porta di S. Stefano (B)
- Doge’s Palace (C)
- MuBa Museum (D)
- Basilica of St. Martin (E)
- Piazza Plebiscito (F)
- Piazza Maria Immacolata (G)
- Chiesetta San Nicola di Bari (H)
- Noble Palaces: Palazzo Carucci, Palazzo Barnaba, Palazzo Nardelli, Palazzo Torricella, Palazzo Stabile, Palazzo dell’Università e Palazzo Martinucci.
🚴♀️🥾 Cycle path along the Apulian Aqueduct, cycle tour.
🍇🍷 Wine tasting and guided tour of “Pastini” wine cellar
🍇🍷 Wine tasting and guided tour of “Tenute Girolamo” wine cellar
🌲🥾 Natural Reserve Bosco delle Pianelle, trails for trekking.
📍🗺 Olive Oil tasting and guided tour of “L’Acropoli di Puglia ” oil mll