Puglia is just waiting to be discovered
Thanks to its privileged location, Ticho’s Hotel offers guests the opportunity to reach places of historical and cultural interest of high value: Alberobello and the heritage of the trulli, Ostuni the white city, the Castellana Caves, the sea of Gallipoli.
Castellaneta Marina, in the province of Taranto, was founded less than fifty years ago to grant access to the magnificent 10-km-long stretch of woodland that lines the coast.
The ancient Aleppo pine trees can still be seen on the coastline today. This entire stretch of coast is dotted with nightclubs, shopping centres, golf clubs, stables, hotels and restaurants for the pleasure of tourists and locals who are drawn to the area by the stunning crystal-clear waters and fine sandy beaches.
Located in the south of Puglia on the Ionian Sea, Castellaneta is the gateway to Salento, on the Gulf of Taranto and within easy reach of the Adriatic coast, the trulli (traditional dry stone huts), the sassi (caves) of Matera and Metaponto, site of special archaeological interest.
The small town of Alberobello is renowned for its trulli, dry stone houses coated in white lime, with cone-shaped roofs and often embellished with religious symbols or the signs of the zodiac. The town was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996. Not to be missed are the two-storey Trullo Sovrano, the church of Saint Anthony in the shape of a trullo, “casa d’amore” (house of love), which is home to the tourist information centre, and the basilica minore dei Santi Medici, which houses the Madonna of Loreto Caravaggio painting and paintings of the patron saints Cosmas and Damian, who are celebrated on 27 and 28 September.
The capital of the province of Basilicata, Matera is known worldwide for the historic Sassi districts, the cliff settlements dating back to the early Middle Ages and recognised in 1993 as a UNESCO World Heritage site. It was also awarded the Silver Medal of Military Valour for the insurrection against Nazi fascism during the Second World War. The city boasts 150 churches carved into the rock and was named European Capital of Culture for 2019.
Not to be missed: the Sassi district, the Cathedral perched on the highest spur, the Church of Saint Francis rebuilt in 1670.
Benefiting from a rural setting in the province of Bari, Castellana owes its popularity with tourists and its international fame to its labyrinth of caves found just a stone’s throw from the town, which branch off underground for more than 2 km, offering visitors a unique experience they will never forget. Also of particular interest is the church in the convent of the Franciscan friars, which houses the Madonna della Vetrana, protector of the city having saved it from the plague of 1691 and celebrated on 11 January with a bonfire party.
Andria è la città del confetto, che è possibile degustare nel Museo dedicato. Da non perdere la principale attrazione del territorio: Castel del Monte. Costruito dal celebre imperatore Federico II, è considerato uno dei castelli più belli d’Europa, tanto da essere inserito dall’Unesco nella lista dei siti dichiarati Patrimonio Mondiale dell’Umanità. Inoltre, il profilo del castello è stato coniato sulle monete italiane da un centesimo di euro. Tra gli eventi da non perdere si segnalano la fiera d’aprile e il Festival Internazionale “Castel dei mondi” che si svolge tra la fine di agosto e gli inizi di settembre.
Ostuni is known as the “white city” thanks to the characteristic white houses that line the streets of this historic town. Not to be missed are the cathedral and the gate of the Church of the Holy Spirit, which dates back to 1450 and now has national monument status. Ostuni also boasts 17 kilometres of beaches and the coastline is home to a nature reserve at lido Morelli. The festival of Saint Orontius of Lecce (festa di Sant’Oronzo), the patron saint of the city, takes place from 25 to 27 August every year. Attracting visitors from far and wide, the highlight of the festivities is the “Cavalcata”, which sees the municipal authorities and the clergy parading on horseback with ladies and knights in authentic medieval costumes.
Gallipoli, nel Salento, si divide in due parti: il borgo o parte nuova e il centro storico, costruito su di un’isola di origine calcarea e collegata alla terraferma tramite un ponte ad archi. Una meta da non perdere! Da visitare anche la cattedrale, in stile barocco e la fontana ellenistica, ricca di bassorilievi ispirati alla mitologia greca. Di fronte alla fontana si può visitare il santuario della Madonna del Canneto con il suo interessante soffitto datato XVIII secolo. Da non perdere anche la Cattedrale di Sant’Agata, il Castello, la Chiesa di Santa Maria degli Angeli, Palazzo Balsamo, Palazzo di Città, Palazzo Granafei e Palazzo Pirelli.