Itineraries

Melpignano, Portico, Piazza San Giorgio

Apulia
Nature and Culture

Otranto - Melpignano


23.6 Km

After visiting gorgeous Otranto and its imposing Aragonese Castle, many travels move on to Melpignano. Located in the part of Apulia known as Grecìa Salentina, Melpignano is warm and hospitable, and it shows in the town's folkloric dance, the pizzica, inspiration for Italy's biggest festival, "Notte della Taranta."

Otranto, Lecce
Port of Otranto

Melpignano
Night of the Taranta

The Cathedral in Otranto

Apulia
Nature and Culture

Otranto - Minervino di Lecce


11.6 Km

It takes just ten minutes to get from Minervino di Lecce to Otranto. Minvervino is an ancient Roman city that the Saracens destroyed and that, later, the Normans took over. The surroundings offer archaeological sites characterized by the Dolmen Li Scusi, the second-largest in Apulia, and the Menhir Monticelli.

Otranto, Lecce
Port of Otranto

Minervino di Lecce
Minervino di Lecce: Dolmen Li Scusi, Menhir Monticelli (EXPO AND REGIONS)

Polignano

Apulia
Nature

Polignano Cala Ponte Marina - Grotte di Castellana


136.1 Km

The Grotte di Castellana are an easy trip from Polignano's Cala Ponte Marina, allowing for some trulli and olive grove sightseeing along the way. The Castellana caves are a natural treasure, hiding away mindblowing stalactites, stalagmites and other peculiar formations that at times resesmble humans and animals.

Polignano a Mare, Bari
Cala Ponte Marina

Bari
Bari

Mola di Bari
Mola di Bari: Castello Angioino, Mother Church of San Nicola, Palazzo Roberti Alberotanza, Van Westerhout Theatre

Cisternino
Cisternino: Village (part of the Most Beautiful Villages of Italy)

Egnazia
Egnazia: Archaeological Site and National Archaeological Museum (Messapian and Roman Ages)

Polignano

Apulia
Nature and Culture

Polignano Cala Ponte Marina - Polignano - UNESCO World Heritage Site Trulli of Alberobello


134.1 Km

Its crystalline sea earned Polignano the description “Pearl of the Adriatic.” Twelve kilometers of limpid waters marked by grottoes, the standout of which is the gorgeous Grotta Palazzese - transform into an inland of historic centers made rich by their Arab, Byzantine, Spanish and Norman conquerors. Don't miss the chance to visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Alberobello, with its typical, conical trulli; these white, dry-stone constructions are testaments to their inhabitants' motivation to avoid high taxation (the dwellings could be dissembled and moved upon the first signs of tax inspectors).

Polignano a Mare, Bari
Cala Ponte Marina

Alberobello
UNESCO World Heritage Site: The Trulli of Alberobello

Cisternino
Cisternino: Village (part of the Most Beautiful Villages of Italy)

Egnazia
Egnazia: Archaeological Site and National Archaeological Museum (Messapian and Roman Ages)

Mola di Bari
Mola di Bari: Castello Angioino, Mother Church of San Nicola, Palazzo Roberti Alberotanza, Van Westerhout Theatre

Bari
Bari

Polignano

Apulia
Nature and Culture

Polignano, Cala Ponte Marina - Egnazia - Cisternino - Fasano


509.7 Km

The “Pearl of the Adriatic,” Polignano, in Bari province, boasts 12 kilometers of limpid shores. The coast is characterized by grottoes, particularly the Grotta Palazzese. From the town's historic center, it is simple to get to the Archaelogical Park of the ancient Roman city of Egnazia, with its vestiges from both the Messapian and Roman eras. Also nearby is Fasano, known for its “Dune Costiere da Torre Canne a Torre San Leonardo” Regional Natural Park that extends along kilometers of beaches and into the plain. Gourmands should head to Cisternino, with its houses and palazzi all in white (note Palazzo Amati, Capace and Porta Grande for their characteristic towers). Artisan workshops dot this old-world village, offering typical food products and handmade goods.

Speaking of food, meat lovers will appreciate Cisternino's butchers, famous for their expertise and advice on everything from cuts and preparation to cooking methods and consumptionn.

Polignano a Mare, Bari
Cala Ponte Marina

Egnazia
Egnazia: Archaeological Site and National Archaeological Museum (Messapian and Roman Ages)

Cisternino
Cisternino: Village (part of the Most Beautiful Villages of Italy)

Monte Sant'Angelo
UNESCO World Heritage Site: Shrine to St. Michael (Monte Sant'Angelo, FG) (EXPO AND REGIONS)

Mola di Bari
Mola di Bari: Castello Angioino, Mother Church of San Nicola, Palazzo Roberti Alberotanza, Van Westerhout Theatre

Bari
Bari

Grotte di Castellana
Grotte di Castellana

Island of Panarea

Sicily
Nature

Port of the Aeolians, Salina - Natural Reserve of the Island of Panarea and the Scogli Viciniori


11 NM

From the port on the splendid island of Salina, embark towards Panarea, another beautiful island making up the Aeolian Islands (UNESCO World Heritage Site) and the Natural Reserve of Panarea and Neighboring Rocks (Scogli Viciniori). Panarea, a former volcano surrounded by a crystalline sea, is only 11 miles away.

Santa Marina Salina, Messina
Porto delle Eolie - Salina

Panarea
Panarea and Scogli Viciniori Natural Reserve

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