Valle d’Itria and surroundings
Noci, Putignano, Castellana Grotte, Fasano, Villa Castelli, Grottaglie, Crispiano, Massafra, Mottola
The surroundings of Valle d’Itria offer a unique concentrations of attractions. While the old towns show their exclusive character expressed in their local traditions and celebrations, outside the ancient walls of the towns spreads a magic fertile land of a brown-red soil scattered by Trulli and Masserie.
Vineyards and olive trees are everywhere in a peaceful and relaxing countryside that offers the cosy atmospheres of the past times.
To taste the magic quietness of the countryside away from traffic and noisy roads we recommend to walk, run or cycle the path that goes above the “Acquedotto pugliese”, the aqueduct that was built to bring water to the dry Apulia region. The off-road track ideal for bikes runs through Valle d’Itria for several kilometers.
Nearby the town of Castellana Grotte an underneath spectacular world is accessible, 60 meters below ground, for walking the natural corridors formed by the erosion of the calcareous stones which Apulia is formed of. A a 3 km walk through breath-taking stalactites and stalagmites with shapes and forms that resembles those of animals.
Real animals can be watched from very close at the ZooSafari. Families can drive with their own car like in a real Safari adventure through wild free animals: lions, tigers, giraffes, zebras and many more. The park also offers shows with dolphins, a tran tour through hundreds of naughty chimpanzee always asking for food and a large amusement area.
Nearby beaches. Adriatic coast: Monopoli, Capitolo, Savvelletri, Torre Canne, Pilone. Jonian coast: Taranto, Lama, Pulsano, Campomarino
Located in between the Adratic and the Jonian cost, Valle d’Itria also offers the advantage of choosing the most usable beaches based on the wind direction. During the days of Tramontana strong wind blows from the north, north-east making the Adriatic quite rough and wavy. In such circumstances it is recommendable to choose one of the nearest beaches of the Jonian cost: they are in the range of 40-60 km (normally it takes less than one hour drive to reach them).
The gusts of Tramontana normally last for three days and then gradually decreases and “turns” clockwise to “Levante“, the wind from east, and to “Scirocco”, that blows from the South. During the days of Scirocco the joinan coasts are wavy and the Adriatic flat as a pool table showing all its beauty in its green-blue colour. The closest beaches on the Adriatic are in the area from Capitolo to Rosa Marina at 20-40 km (meaning 20 or 40 minutes drive). So, it is very recommendable to check the wind direction before leaving for the beach unless you like surprises and splashing in tall waves!