Sports & nature
Cisternino is a cyclist's haven. With the development of the "acquedotto" cycle path, cyclists can enjoy both nature and security as the path is dedicated to cyclists and walkers.
Pick up the trail from Cisternino and explore the countryside with breathtaking views and spectacular scenery; a number of small farms feature on the track with vineyards, olive and fruit trees - separarted by low drystone walling.
For racket ball enthusiasts we have a tennis court with two open air clay courts and one indoor hard core. Tennis coaches are on hand with teachings in English or Italian or book a court with a friend and enjoy the clubhouse hospitality.
Cisternino is within easy driving distance of the Adriatic coastline giving way to a host of sea faring sports activities including parasailing, water ski-ing, banana boating and much more in the port of Savelletri.
If golfing is your way to get some fresh air and exercise, there are also a number of golf courses to choose from, the nearest being at San Domenico in Fasano.
Throughout the warm months of the year, there are a number of food and wine festivals in the area of Cisternino, most festivals are accompanied by music and entertainment, dancing with a round up of fireworks to finish off the night. Websites such as iltaccodibacco.it are a resourceful place to start making your plans.
Restaurants such as Le Capase in the main sweep of Cisternino, Il Nincase Pub and other venues are also host to live bands on a regular basis. Best to consult locally for times and dates.
As food and artisan wines and beers are an important part of the Pugliese culture, it would not surprise you to learn that in Cisternino as in many other towns in Puglia, the concentration of bars, caffés, pubs, snack bars and restaurants to choose from is seemingly endless. We provide a list of recommended restaurants in our Area Guide, not exclusive to Cisternino which is supplied with all bookings. For a taste of what you are to expect in Cisterino, consult our section below on Restaurants.
Culture and history info
Cisternino sits primely in the historic and preserved area of the Itria Valley (in Italian: Valle d'Itria), known for its prehistoric conical, dry stone roundhouses called trulli, which are preserved under UNESCO safeguards due to their cultural significance. The town and countryside are peppered with dry stone walls (muretti a secco) that hold tightly within its fertile soil from which the town produces its food and wines.
During the 18th and 19th centuries Cisternino flourished after nearly 200 years of Spanish rule but the town still relied on its agricultural dominance to grow in fiscal richness. Today, the town's popularity is rooted in its respect of the oldest culinary traditions using natural ingredients.
A market town with foundations in agriculture and crafts, but in recent years it has become a popular tourist destination attracting people from around the world to take a stroll through the old town's winding streets, meandering amidst the closely knitted white washed houses with decorated balconies.
At the centre of the old town shadows the old clock tower, known as "the sitting room of the town". The piazza holds numbers of festivals devoted to music, folk and political events. The main entrance to the town, Borgo, was through the Porte Grande and to the east through Porta Piccola.
Typical local dishes include the broad bean purée with wild chicory (fave e cicorie selvatiche), orecchiette con braciole e polpette (a particular shape of pasta with tomato sauce, meatball and beef chop) and "bombette" (a type of roasted pork meatball) are three typical dishes of Cisternino cuisine.