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Village of Cisternino
Municipality of Cisternino
Province of Brindisi
Puglia region

Population: 11,611
Pop. foreign resident: 323

The Municipality is part of:
I Borghi più belli d'Italia
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Paesi bandiera arancione
Città per la pace
Città sane

Municipality of Cisternino
Via Principe Amedeo 72 - 72014 Cisternino
phone +39 080 4445211

 

Cisternino (Cistraníne in the local dialect) overlooks the Valle d'Itria, in the so-called Murgia dei trulli. To this day, in the area of Monte Specchia, on the hills of Restano and on the wild cliffs of Serra Amara, prehistoric tools of all kinds are still discovered: assegais, blades, scrapers and burins to engrave bones. The name Cisternino may come from the eponymous hero Sturno, companion of the Homeric hero Diomedes who escaped the Trojan war. He is said to have founded a nearby city which, later occupied by the Romans, was called Sturninum, the current Ostuni. The name derives from "Cis-Sturninum", meaning beyond Sturni. The historic center is a fascinating example of spontaneous architecture, where you will find wonderful trulli perfectly preserved and historical palaces, such as the palace of the Governor, the Episcopal Palace, the Capece tower. The territory around the village is characterized by the presence of the Boschi comunali (municipal forests), the largest vegetal formation in the whole province and by the Cycle path of water, the second bike path on water system in Europe. The cycle path is developped along the service road to the main channel of the aqueduct in Locorotondo, crossing the territories of Cisternino, Ostuni, up to the territory of Ceglie Messapica, near the pinewood Ulmo. The itinerary is developped in the Mediterranean maquis, away from the traffic, skirting farms and rural houses, trulli and contradee, appreciating all the beauty of the Itria Valley. Among the most expected folkloristic events in Cisternino, there is surely Easter Monday. Called in the local dialect Pasquarèdde, this festival will be held at the Sanctuary of the Madonna d'Irbernia, where people usually go bringing the typical sweets (in the form of a purse with two boiled eggs for children, one in the form of a doll with a boiled egg for girls), called "u churrüchele"; it should bring prosperity and fertility. It's no coincidence that Madonna of Ibernia is the one of life, fertility and abundance. The most renowned festivals, which will be held between Cisternino and its surroundings, are: the festival of orecchiette and of the rabbit, which take place in August, and the grape festival, that takes place in September. The cistranese cuisine typically reflects the most classical traditions of Bari and Murgia dei trulli gastronomy with some small incursion of the alto Salento one. The characteristics of this genuine tradition are especially the recipes based on meat and vegetables, with a special predilection for game meat dishes.

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Other destinations nearby

Locorotondo
Locorotondo
The White Locorotondo is the most beautiful balcony of the Murgia dei Trulli.
Bari - 8.52 KM from Cisternino
Ostuni
Ostuni
The White City of Ostuni is the most popular seaside town in Puglia, characterized by narrow alleys and white beaches.
Brindisi - 12.78 KM from Cisternino
Alberobello
Alberobello
In the heart of the Murgia dei Trulli, 50 kilometers from Bari, a graceful expanse of pinnacles announces Alberobello, with its characteristic historic center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Bari - 16.55 KM from Cisternino
Grottaglie
Grottaglie
The village of Grottaglie, in Puglia, is known for the production of artistic ceramics.
Taranto - 20.68 KM from Cisternino
Oria
Oria
Oria is placed on the most elevated heights of Salento in Puglia.
Brindisi - 32.57 KM from Cisternino
Polignano a Mare
Polignano a Mare
Polignano a Mare, in Puglia, is the birthplace of Domenico Modugno.
Bari - 33.28 KM from Cisternino

NOTE: distances are set as the crow flies.

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