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One of the pearls of the Itria Valley, an area with a valuable cultural and naturalistic value for Puglia. The small village is also known for the quality of its welcome and the number of restaurants in Cisternino with high quality in proportion to the size and offer of the hinterland.
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About the village

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.

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
Città slow
Paesi bandiera arancione
Città per la pace
Città sane

Municipality
Via Principe Amedeo 72 - phone +39 080 4445211

 

BY CAR

  • From the north: exit at Bari nord, follow indications for SS 16 towards Brindisi, follow the indications for Cisternino to merge onto SS 379.
  • From the south: exit the Brindisi-Lecce highway, follow the signs for SS 16 towards Bari and follow the signs for Cisternino.

ON THE TRAIN

  • Fasano station

BY PLANE

  • Brindisi airport
  • Bari airport

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Sotto Sopra
Via Cattedrale, 4 - 72017, Ostuni (Brindisi)
12.93 Kilometers from Cisternino

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Apulian Bomblets are small rolls of pork, typical of the Valle d'Itria, in particular of Cisternino, although many claim that the first Bomblets were prepared in Fasano, in the province of Brindisi, and then spread to Cisternino (the town which most of all has made it a gastronomic icon), Alberobello, Locorotondo and Martina Franca, as well as throughout the Taranto area. The Bomblets were so called by their creator, a butcher of Fasa...
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