Olive Oil Museum
Masseria S. Angelo de' Graecis has been owned by Benedictine since 11th-12th century. In 1693 it went under Cardinal Giuseppe Renato Imperiale, who built a church dedicated to S. Michele Arcangelo, even if locals have always named it S.Lorenzo because of a nearby Rupestrian crypt. Since 1798 the Masseria is property of Colucci-Amati Family, who has mounted a small and interesting Museum in the ancient oil mill, with machineries, tools and various objects which tell the story of extra virgin olive oil production in this farm, always in the business because of its 60 hectares of olive groves.
FREE ENTRANCE – Open on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays 5.00pm - 8.00pm. Distance 5 kilometers.
Museum of EgnaziaThe Archaeological Museum of Egnazia is set outside the boundary walls and is in its mounting phase. It’s the actual premises of a permanent didactic exhibition about history and topography of ancient Gnathia, which includes a selection of mosaics and architectural fragments from the inhabited area and necropolis outfits. From the floor below, partially dedicated to exhibitions, you enter a Messapian hypogeum, i.e. a formerly open sky vestibule and a funerary cell depicting architectural motifs and vegetal subjects (ivy branches and pomegranates) and closed by a terrific two monolithic wings door.
Museum & park € 6,00. Free admission on the first Sunday of the month. Discounted admissions by current regulations. Distance 1 kilometers.
State Nature Reserve of Torre GuacentoTorre Guaceto, located along the Adriatic coast of Alto Salento (Upper Salento), almost 30 kilometres away from Brindisi, is a nature reserve divided in two parts and covers an area of almost 1,200 hectares. The visitor discovers a Mediterranean landscape with dunes, marshes and an area with big hundred-years old olive trees, symbol of the agricultural tradition of Puglia. Driving towards the sea, instead, the wetland is characterised by birds, amphibian and insects typical of this habitat. Throughout the year, the reserve offers several sports activities such as trekking, ciclotrekking and seawatching and different educational activities on environmental education. Begin from the Centro Visite (Visitors' centre) at Gawsit to discover Torre Guaceto.
FREE ENTRANCE. Distance 38 kilometers
AlberobelloIn the heart of the Murgia dei Trulli, 50 kilometres (31 miles) away from Bari, a lovely spread of pinnacles announces Alberobello's characteristic historic centre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The old town centre, which has also been awarded the Touring Club of Italy's Orange Flag, is entirely composed of trulli, traditional drystone huts whitened with quicklime and capped by conical bare-stone roofs. Crosses, pierced hearts, and zodiac signs decorate the roofs, maintaining the air of mystery that surrounds the trulli. The Rione Monti, a maze of narrow winding streets with over 1,000 trulli, is the oldest part of the town, along with the Rione Aia Piccola. This area is home to the Casa Pezzolla, a complex of 15 interconnected trulli that today houses the Museo del Territorio, and the Trullo Sovrano, which stages performances and concerts. Alberobello's churches are even shaped like trulli. The Church of Sant’Antonio boasts a Greek cross plan and a cupola 21 meters high (69 feet). Another church that is worth a visit is the Basilica Minore dei Santi Medici, where you'll find images of the Madonna of Loreto and patron saints Cosma and Damiano.
FREE ENTRANCE. Distance 19 kilometers
PolignanoCrystal clear waters and cliffs pitted with caves carved by the sea give Polignano a Mare its uniqueness. A small town, known also as the “Pearl of the Adriatic,” it's just over 30 km (18.5 miles) from Bari.Poligano is the birthplace of the renowned singer Domenico Modugno, who became famous for his song Nel blu dipinto di blu (“In the Sky, Painted Blue”). The fascinating historical centre reveals traces of its Arab, Byzantine, Spanish and Norman past, including the remains of the four watchtowers that once guarded the ancient town.Head through the Arco della Porta (the Door Arch), once the town's only entrance, and you'll find yourself in the magical centre, home to the 13th-century Mother Church dedicated to the Assumption. Another must-see is the town’s former slaughterhouse, which has been renovated and today houses the Pino Pascali Museum Foundation and its collection of works by Puglia's renowned artist and sculptor.The high cliffs and jagged coastline between Palazzese Cave and Lama Monachile, make Polignano's shoreline one of Puglia's most beautiful coastal stretches, peppered with hidden inlets and charming sandy bays.
FREE ENTRANCE. Distance 20 kilometers
LocorotondoOne of Italy’s Most Beautiful Towns, and awarded the Orange Flag of the Touring Club of Italy, it sits high on a plateau in the south-eastern part of the Murge dei Trulli, in the heart of Itria Valley, less than 10 km (6 miles) from Alberobello.Its very name (“round place”) suggests the characteristic circular form of the town’s historic centre. Its origins date to around 1000 AD, when farmers built a number of simple cottages, including typical “cummerse” (small houses with pitched roofs), on the hill top. Rising above the centre’s expanse of pure white houses, are the bell towers of the town's many churches, including the Churches of the Addolorata, Spirito Santo, San Nicola, San Rocco, and the Madonna della Catena. The Church of Santa Maria della Greca boasts a Renaissance polyptych dedicated to the Madonna of the Roses, as well as a sculptural group depicting Saint George on horseback.The Wine Trail through the Itria Valley stops off at Locorotondo, which produces an excellent DOC white wine.
FREE ENTRANCE. Distance 12 kilometers
BariA captivating place to discover, Bari is a city of two faces with its elegant Murat district and, stretching along the Adriatic Sea, the spellbinding area of Bari Vecchia (Old Bari). Acting as a gateway to the old city, the grand Castello Svevo (Swabian Castle) is crowned with fortified towers. Once used as defensive castle, it later became a Renaissance residence. The Arco del Pellegrino (Pilgrim’s Arch) leads through to the heart of the Cittadella Nicolaiana and its Basilica, a prized example of Puglia’s Romanesque architecture that's dedicated to San Nicola, Bari's patron saint. Nearby is the Romanesque Cathedral of San Sabino, with its baroque crypt. Bari’s 19th century Murat district boasts many elegant palaces, such as the Teatro Petruzzelli, Teatro Piccinni, and Palazzo Fizzarotti, while underground, you'll find hidden treasures: rupestrian churches and hypogea dug into the rocks, such as the Temple of San Giorgio, the hypogeum of Madia Diana, and the “Jewish” hypogeum. Puglia's regional capital, Bari plays a fundamental role in connection with other Mediterranean countries, thanks to the strategic role played by its port, airport, and international trade fair Fiera del Levante. Don’t miss the festivities of San Nicola, the city’s patron saint, which are celebrated in December and again in May with the Historical Parade of the Caravella.
FREE ENTRANCE. Distance 58 kilometers