Cisternino - one of Italy’s most beautiful villages

Cisternino - one of Italy’s most beautiful villages

Things to do - general

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!

gummeredeYou 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.

Now that you have visited and tasted what Cisternino has to offer, you and your family will be ready to return to the comfortable surroundings of your holiday villa in Puglia!

Country Cisternino is perched 394 m. above sea level on the Murge; in the region of Puglia, the most Southern tip of Italy.
Nearest Airport

Brindisi and Bari Airports are closest with connections internationally and nationally.

Languages spokenItalian but a lot of people are now using English on menus in restaurants. Many of the locals speak French or German too as they have had to re-locate for work in the past.
Currency usedEuro
Area (km2)54 km2 & nearly 12,000 in population

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.

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Nightlife info

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.

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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.

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Restaurants

However, in recent years the young Chefs have ingratiated the bustling restaurant trade with their inspired and orginal cuisine bringing Pugliese food in to the 21 century with a traditional edge.

One of those newcomers is also a favourite regular diner. Ristorante Le Capase - via Roma, 27 - 392/2820604. - Follow them on FB for themed music events. Out of season Le Capase offer inexpensive five star lunchtime meals, popular with local businesses.

Otherwise, their main menu is changed according to the seasons. Each dish is inspired by the Head Chef Martino and endorsed by the salon/owner operator Michel.

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