Cisternino in Puglia honored among “Most Beautiful Villages of Italy”

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Cisternino, a town in the Province of Brindisi in Puglia, has been recognized as one of “The Most Beautiful Villages of Italy” by “Les Plus Beaux Villages de la Terre,” a federation founded in 2012 by five associations of “Most Beautiful Villages” in Belgium, Canada, France, Italy and Japan. Italy is represented by “I Borghi Piu Belli d’Italia.”

Cisternino joins other Puglia towns previously recognized by the federation, including Alberona, Bovino, Pietramontecorvino, Roseto Valfortore and Vico del Gargano in the Province of Foggia; Locorotondo in the Province of Bari; and Otranto and Specchia in the Province of Lecce.

The federation recognizes “the need to promote the great heritage of history, art, culture, environment and traditions found in small Italian towns which are, for the most part, cut off from the flow of visitors and tourists.”

The mayor of Cisternino, Donato Baccaro, told La Gazzetta del Mezzogiorno, “We are very honored to have received this prestigious recognition and confirmation that we are on the right track to bring our city to the attention of the international circuits. I am convinced, in fact, that this recognition will provide more opportunity both in terms of tourism in the cultural sphere.”

The official Region of Puglia tourism website says, “The municipality of Cisternino is located in the amazing Valle d’Itria, renowned for its trulli, the cultivated fields, the centuries-old olive trees and dry stonewalls. In the old town you can admire the many historical palaces: the Governor’s palace, a wonderful example of the Apulian Baroque; the Bishop’s palace, the Amati palace, the Lagravinese palace, the palace of De Vitofranceschi and the Ricci-Capece palace annexed to the homonymous tower, also known as the Wind Tower.”

There are so many small towns throughout Puglia that are home to interesting museums, churches and other local attractions (especially food). Some of the best times we’ve had exploring in Puglia were spent driving from place to place and stopping wherever we saw something interesting. We applaud this program for drawing attention to these special places and encouraging their sustainability efforts.

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