Putignano stretches over three hills 375 meters above sea level. It is placed 18 kilometers away from the coast. The city has Peucete origins and was included among papal dominions in Middle Ages. The original elliptic-shaped village was surrounded by walls. Its population was extremely devoted to the Supreme Pontiff. This devotion emerged when Emperor Frederick II was denied access to the city while returning from a battue, even though he had had a castle built for the city. After this regrettable event, the Emperor had that same castle destroyed.
The city has been showing a great industriousness in several industries over the centuries: in the agricultural, manufacturing, and commerce sectors, as well as high-quality craftsmanship. Early industries were created during 1800s. These experienced a great development and reached today’s international celebrity especially thanks to its wedding dress industry. Between 1086 and 1358 the city was a feud belonging to Monopoli Benedictine monks; later it was acquired by the Knights of Rhodes and Knights of Malta between 1358 and 1806. On July 26 2000, the small planet no. 7665, between Mars and Jupiter orbits was called Putignano, thanks to an initiative by the manager of the Observatory of Guidonia (Rome) who discovered it in 1994. The manager came from Putignano.
In Brindisi province, stones and buildings tell the story of this land. Appia and Traiana roads once connecting the city to Rome left their traces on modern roads. In this city, where Virgil died, there are the remains of two II –century columns that marked the end of Appia road.
The Norman – Swabian and Angevin marks also prevails in the inland area of province and former Messapi land, while it is even more evident in Mesagne, Oria and Ceglie Messàpica castles. In this area, natural landscape is characterized by ravines and caves shaped through centuries by the patient work of rivers. Rock witnesses of basilian monk civilizations can be found near Ostuni. Watch towers north of Brindisi tell the story of pirate and Saracen invasions, while the remains of ancient Egnazia Roman city can be seen in the respective archeological site.
Itria valley is characterized by a flourishing vegetation where olive trees stand, These are cultivated in masserie lands, small typical local stone fortresses. Coasts are marked by long, sandy beaches, dunes and protected natural reserves. There are several traces of old Messapi civilizations, rock settlements, castles and not-to-be-missed trulloes made with drystone techniques
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A proud, extremely loyal civilization, between the IX and VII centuries b.C. the Messapis built several settlements that were fortified with huge walls. Oria, with its characteristic castle, and Mesagne still keep witnesses that allow to reconstruct history, customs and habits of this ancient population
The coast of Brindisi area is characterized by small cities gathering around their historical centers, overlooking white beaches and crystal-clear waters. Brindisi is an example, with its huge castle emerging from the sea; Carovigno, dominated by Torre Guaceto and Ostuni, the white Mediterranean sea surrounded by olive trees and by a wonderful beach that hosts an unforgettable medieval center
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