You've just booked your villa in Puglia and you may be wondering where would the best place to visit as a meat lover; in which case, Cisternino should be high on your list of places worth visiting, especially at dinner time!
Recently recognised among Italy's most beautiful villages, Cisternino is a little town perched about 400 m above sea-level with a fantastic architecture of milky houses, flowered balconies, steep stairs as well as stunning views over the Itria Valley where some of our most luxurious trulli and villas to rent in Puglia are located.
In the old town there are plenty of butcher shops to choose from, enjoy a tasty meal together with your family and friends. Butcher shops are also known as Fornelli Pronti (literally "ready ovens") and this is how they work: you go to the counter, point out what you want and then it's up to you if you want to take meat home or have it grilled on the spot directly at the butcher!
You can also decide whether to eat right there in the butcher shop or out on the street! Local meat includes: sausages with veal or pork meat, gnummareddi (a mixture of lamb's organs - spleen, liver, heart, lung -, rolled up and tied with the animal's intestines) and, above all, the popular bombette, small pork rolls seasoned with salt, pepper, parsley and little pieces of cheese...
Sorry, did I make you hungry? Then, it's time to experience a Fornello in Cisternino!
In Cisternino, do not miss:
- Piazza Vittorio Emanuele (the central square) boasting the Clock Tower;
- The Amati Palace
- The bishop's palace, built in 1560, with its late renaissance style facade marked with the coat of arms of the bishop-baron;
- the Governor's palace (XVI century) with its elegant facade and triple balcony with decorative renaissance elements;
- the palaces of the Pepe and Cenci families;
- the church of Saint Lucia (XVII century) and, outside the walls, the Amati tower and palace;
- St. Cataldo church, completed in 1783 in Baroque style with its beautiful facade;
- the church of St. Quirico;
- The Mother Church of S. Nicola, of Romanesque origin.