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Torre Cintola offers the possibility of personalized or group excursions to the Sassi of Matera, the Trulli of Alberobello, Bari and the old town, the Castellana Caves, Castel del Monte, the Murgia farms of Bari, Lecce and the Baroque, the ancient villages of Monopoli, Polignano, Locorotondo, Ostuni, Cisternino and others of the nearby Valle D’Itria and Murgia dei Trulli.
Torre Cintola Natural Sea Emotions is located in Puglia, in the Capitolo locality of Monopoli, in an exclusive area lying on the rocky coast embraced by two coves with crystalline waters.
Monopoli is a town of about 50 thousand inhabitants and is located about 40 km from the airports of Bari and Brindisi. It represents, on the Adriatic, one of the most active and populous ports in the region, famous for its characteristic historic center of early medieval origin which, superimposed on the remains of a Messapian fortified settlement already in the 5th century BC, overlooks the sea surrounded by high walls.
Castellaneta Marina, in the province of Taranto, arose no more than fifty years ago to respond to the need to make accessible the splendid expanse of wood that characterizes the 10 km long coastal strip.
The historic Aleppo pines are still present along the coast. The entire coast is enriched by discos, shopping centres, golf courses, riding schools, hotels and restaurants to make the stays of tourists and residents even more pleasant, already attracted by the splendid crystal clear sea and the fine sand.
Alberobello is the famous town of Trulli, houses built with dry stone in white lime, with a cone-shaped roof, often embellished with zodiacal or religious symbols. In 1996 the town was declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco. To visit the two-storey Trullo Sovrano, the church of San Antonio in the shape of a trullo, the “house of love”, today a precious tourist information point and the minor basilica of the Santi Medici, which houses the images of the Madonna of Loreto and of the patron saints Cosma and Damiano, celebrated on September 27th and 28th.
Castellana is located in the hinterland of the province of Bari and owes its tourist vocation to the caves, an internationally renowned speleological complex a few steps from the town, which branches off underground for over 2 km, offering visitors unique scenarios. Also of great interest is the church of the convent of the Franciscan friars, which houses the image of the Madonna della Vetrana, protector of the city for having saved it from the plague of 1691 and celebrated on 11 January with the feast of bonfires.
Andria is the city of sugared almonds, which can be tasted in the dedicated museum. Do not miss the main attraction of the area: Castel del Monte. Built by the famous emperor Frederick II, it is considered one of the most beautiful castles in Europe, so much so that it was included by Unesco in the list of sites declared World Heritage of Humanity. Furthermore, the profile of the castle was minted on the Italian one cent euro coins. The events not to be missed include the April fair and the “Castel dei Mondi” International Festival which takes place between the end of August and the beginning of September.
Ostuni is known as the “white city” due to the characteristic white color of the walls of the houses of its ancient village. Also not to be missed is the Cathedral and the portal of the Church of the Holy Spirit, dating back to 1450, today recognized as a national monument. Another attraction of Ostuni are the 17 kilometers of beaches; the coast also hosts a nature reserve in the area of Lido Morelli. Strong attraction is the feast of Sant’Oronzo, the patron saint of the city, which takes place from 25 to 27 August, especially for the “Cavalcade” which sees the municipal authorities and members of the clergy parade on horseback with ladies and knights in original medieval costumes.
Gallipoli, in Salento, is divided into two parts: the village or new part and the historic center, built on an island of limestone origin and connected to the mainland by an arched bridge. A destination not to be missed! Also worth visiting is the cathedral, in Baroque style and the Hellenistic fountain, full of bas-reliefs inspired by Greek mythology. In front of the fountain you can visit the sanctuary of the Madonna del Canneto with its interesting ceiling dating back to the 18th century. Do not miss the Cathedral of Sant’Agata, the Castle, the Church of Santa Maria degli Angeli, Palazzo Balsamo, Palazzo di Città, Palazzo Granafei and Palazzo Pirelli.