THINGS TO DO IN PUGLIA
If you fancy taking a break from lazing around by the pool or relaxing in the peaceful setting of our retreat centre, there are lots of great things to do in the nearby area. We have included some of our favourites below.
We are located in the beautiful Itria Valley, surrounded by olive trees and vineyards and home of the Trulli (round stone-built houses with cone-shaped roofs). The main towns of the Itria Valley are Cisternino, Martina Franca, Alberobello (a UNESCO World Heritage site), Ostuni & Locorotondo all within a 10 minute to 25 minute drive.
These charming and beautiful old towns have remained virtually intact for centuries.
Cisternino is the nearest town and was recently voted one of the most beautiful small towns in Italy. Among the narrow winding streets are some amazing restaurants, chocolate shops and gelaterias (including vegan gelatos!)
The long mediterranean coastline of Puglia is home to some of the best beaches in Italy.
Visiting the local street markets is a great way to get a taste of traditional life in Puglia. There are weekly markets nearby in Cisternino, Ostuni and Martina Franca selling local produce, seasonal vegetables, fruit, cheese, clothing, plants and various other bits and pieces.
Tour of Olive Groves
A wonderful experience is to visit a local olive grove, walk amongst the ancient olive orchards, learn about the history of olive oil farming and taste the olive oil.
There are some lovely walks in the surrounding area amongst the olive and almond groves. Less than 15 minutes walk away is the small village of Casalini with a superb pizzeria.