Considered one of the most beautiful hamlets in Italy and awarded with the orange flag by the Italian Touring Club, Locorotondo lies on a plateau 410 meters above sea level, which curves inwards in the south-eastern part of Murgia dei Trulli, in Valle d’Itria, half way between the Adriatic and the Ionian sea.
The old town, displaying a circular urban layout, owes its name to the peculiar morphology of the first inhabited center, which rose around 1000 A.D., consisting of a cluster of simple cottage houses built on a hilltop by local farmers.
The historical center is studded with religious buildings: the church of Our Lady Mary of Greca, which holds the precious polyptych on the central altar, dedicated to Our Lady of Roses, and the group sculpture depicting Saint George on horse; the mother church dedicated to Saint George, dating back to the 17th century; the Addolorata church, the church of the Holy Spirit, Saint Nicholas church, the church of Our Lady of the Assumption, church of San Rocco and the church of Madonna delle Catene.
The town’s patron saint is celebrated on the evening of 16th of August by a competition of enchanting fireworks.
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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