Torre Cintola Natural Sea Emotions is located in Puglia, in the small town of Capitolo in Monopoli, on an exclusive stretch of the rocky coast and sheltered by two coves of crystal-clear water.
Monopoli is a municipality of around 50 thousand inhabitants located about 40 km from the Bari and Brindisi airports. It is one of the Adriatic Sea’s most active and populated ports, famous for its characteristic medieval old town built on the remains of a fortified Messapian settlement dating back to as early as the 5th century BC, protected by old walls and directly overlooking the sea.
Monopoli is also known as the city of the “hundred city quarters” or country villages, an authentic nod to its idyllic rural setting in the “heart of Puglia”. The municipality is renowned for its historic fortified farms, churches and cave settlements, Trulli (traditional dry stone huts), neoclassical patrician villas and farmhouses.
The coastline features an historic defence system dating back to the end of the 16th century, consisting of five coastal towers, which can all be seen from the Castle of Charles V and the Castle of St. Stephen: Torre Incina, Torre D’Orte, Torre Cintola, Torre S. Giorgio and Torre Egnazia. As well as the two castles, only Torre S. Giorgio and, to the south of the city, Torre Cintola, where the new Resort can be found, have been preserved.
At almost 15 km long, the coastline is low and jagged. Home to more than 25 coves and wide sandy beaches, it provides an idyllic setting to go for a swim and explore the underwater world that surrounds us. Dotted with farms and ancient olive trees that are a living testimony to the region’s historic past, the coastal plain makes for a striking landscape.
The small town of Alberobello is renowned for its trulli, dry stone houses coated in white lime, with cone-shaped roofs and often embellished with religious symbols or the signs of the zodiac. The town was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996. Not to be missed are the two-storey Trullo Sovrano, the church of Saint Anthony in the shape of a trullo, “casa d’amore” (house of love), which is home to the tourist information centre, and the basilica minore dei Santi Medici, which houses the Madonna of Loreto Caravaggio painting and paintings of the patron saints Cosmas and Damian, who are celebrated on 27 and 28 September.
Benefiting from a rural setting in the province of Bari, Castellana owes its popularity with tourists and its international fame to its labyrinth of caves found just a stone’s throw from the town, which branch off underground for more than 2 km, offering visitors a unique experience they will never forget. Also of particular interest is the church in the convent of the Franciscan friars, which houses the Madonna della Vetrana, protector of the city having saved it from the plague of 1691 and celebrated on 11 January with a bonfire party.
The capital of the province of Basilicata, Matera is known worldwide for the historic Sassi districts, the cliff settlements dating back to the early Middle Ages and recognised in 1993 as a UNESCO World Heritage site. It was also awarded the Silver Medal of Military Valour for the insurrection against Nazi fascism during the Second World War. The city boasts 150 churches carved into the rock and was named European Capital of Culture for 2019.
Not to be missed: the Sassi district, the Cathedral perched on the highest spur, the Church of Saint Francis rebuilt in 1670.
Ostuni is known as the “white city” thanks to the characteristic white houses that line the streets of this historic town. Not to be missed are the cathedral and the gate of the Church of the Holy Spirit, which dates back to 1450 and now has national monument status. Ostuni also boasts 17 kilometres of beaches and the coastline is home to a nature reserve at lido Morelli. The festival of Saint Orontius of Lecce (festa di Sant’Oronzo), the patron saint of the city, takes place from 25 to 27 August every year. Attracting visitors from far and wide, the highlight of the festivities is the “Cavalcata”, which sees the municipal authorities and the clergy parading on horseback with ladies and knights in authentic medieval costumes.
Capital of the Puglian province of Taranto, it sits on the Gulf of Taranto in the Ionian Sea. Dating back to 706 BC, it is known as the “city of two seas” as it sits on both the Mar Grande (Big Sea) and the Mar Piccolo (Small Sea). Because of its location, the city has always been considered strategically important for both military and commercial purposes, and its ports have always welcomed both navy and merchant vessels alike. Not to be missed are the rites of Holy Week and the Festival of San Cataldo, the National Archaeological Museum and the numerous historic and cultural buildings and monuments dating back to various eras and in a variety of styles, found throughout the city.
Andria è la città del confetto, che è possibile degustare nel Museo dedicato. Da non perdere la principale attrazione del territorio: Castel del Monte. Costruito dal celebre imperatore Federico II, è considerato uno dei castelli più belli d’Europa, tanto da essere inserito dall’Unesco nella lista dei siti dichiarati Patrimonio Mondiale dell’Umanità. Inoltre, il profilo del castello è stato coniato sulle monete italiane da un centesimo di euro. Tra gli eventi da non perdere si segnalano la fiera d’aprile e il Festival Internazionale “Castel dei mondi” che si svolge tra la fine di agosto e gli inizi di settembre.
Gallipoli, nel Salento, si divide in due parti: il borgo o parte nuova e il centro storico, costruito su di un’isola di origine calcarea e collegata alla terraferma tramite un ponte ad archi. Una meta da non perdere! Da visitare anche la cattedrale, in stile barocco e la fontana ellenistica, ricca di bassorilievi ispirati alla mitologia greca. Di fronte alla fontana si può visitare il santuario della Madonna del Canneto con il suo interessante soffitto datato XVIII secolo. Da non perdere anche la Cattedrale di Sant’Agata, il Castello, la Chiesa di Santa Maria degli Angeli, Palazzo Balsamo, Palazzo di Città, Palazzo Granafei e Palazzo Pirelli.