The region of olive groves, vineyards, sunshine and sea. The hidden treasure of the Italian heel.
Whitewashed villages in amongst its green olive trees, rich red soil and dry stone walls of the countryside.
Beaches both rocky limestone cliffs with turquoise seas and golden white sandy beaches on the Ionian coast. You are never more than 30 miles away from the coast.
Numerous picturesque fishing villages, castles and towers to visit.
Outdoor markets, including coastal fishing markets with fish caught daily for sale at reasonable prices.
Masseria Cesarina B&B, Castellana Grotte is ideally located to visit the tourist attractions like the Grotto's of Castellana, Alberobello and it's Trulli, Polignano a Mare, Monopoli and it's beaches, Ostuni and the Zoo Safari in Fasano.
Polignano a Mare
(the white city – la città Bianca)
Each town has its own individual charm, traditions and culinary delights.
Castellana, a wonderful town which lies around 290 metres above sea level is famous for its grottos.With more than 3 km of caves, guided tours (in many languages), available almost every day of the year.
Not to be missed, the tour takes you to the spectacular Grotta Bianca (the white grotto).
The town dates from the 10th Century therefore providing many churches to visit.
Polignano a Mare is located about 10 km from Castellana Grotte.
Famous for its breathtaking cliff face, turquoise water of the sea and many caves in the rocks, named the ‘Pearl of the Adriatic Sea’.
Its history includes Spanish, Norman, Arab and Byzantine populations.
Monopoli, only 8 km from the B&B, has many small sandy beaches along its coastline.
Ruled in its time by Byzantines, Normans and Swabians.
It has a wonderful daily fresh fish market and well renowned weekly market which includes many diverse produce.
Full of delicious eateries, bars and nightlife in its fantastic historical centre.
Conversano was originally called Norba and its roots stretch as far back as the iron age when it was inhabited by Peucets and Japigians. Norba was part of the Roman Empire during its evolution, decline and fall, and up to the barbarian invasions. Norba was refounded by the Normans under the name of Cupersani, to become an important country town at the centre of the county which stretches from Brindisi to Lecce and Polignano. In 1422, after several dominions, the county was under the Orsini and then the Aragons who ruled for around 4 centuries. One of the many Aragon rulers still told about in legends was Girolamo II of Aragon, known locally as Guercio delle Puglie, who ruled the county for around forty years until 1645.
Alberobello, a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1996, is the capital of the ‘trulli’, only 15 mins away from Castellana Grotte.
You can visit the trulli, including Trullo Sovrano housing a museum.
The cones are decorated with symbols and shapes, mostly showing zodiac and religious signs.
A picturesque magical place, full of history with its wonderful eateries serving typical cuisine.
Locorotondo (round place), lies between Bari, Brindisi and Taranto in the Itria valley.
With Greek origins it has one of the prettiest historical centres of the area.
Also a fantastic place for a meal, well renowned restaurants are in abundance.
Martina Franca, found to the east side of Murgia, in the province of Taranto, Martina Franca is about centre of the Ionian and Adriatic sea.
Baroque architecture can be found here, a pleasure for shopping, especially beautiful clothes.
Martina Franca hosts a fashion parade every year as factories still produce clothing today.
The white City, Ostuni is situated on three hills and enjoys an excellent panorama. At the foot of Ostuni the green silvery sea of olive groves merges with the blue of the Adriatic.
It is an ancient, noble and famous town, known especially for its white washed houses that contrast with the pinkish brown stone of the monuments. If you walk through its narrow alleyways you will discover many an architetural feature at times hidden under the innumerable layers of white chalk.
Cisternino in the splendid Itria Valley, known for the considerable presence of trulli, the typical local stone constructions. Inhabited since the Upper Paleolithic, the legend says that the foundation of Cisternino was due to Sturnoi, the companion of Diomedes. After taking part in the Messapic League against Taranto, it became a Roman town and was called Sturninum. It was probably destroyed in 216 b.C. during Hannibal’s raids in Apulia. The Basilian monks, who came from the East in the VIII century, noted the ruins of the ancient town and referred to it when they later had to localize the Greek rite abbey they had built where the Chiesa Matrice (Matrix Church) lies today, and indicated it as "San Nicolò cis-Sturninum", hence the present name of the town.