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Martina Franca

In fantastic location on a rise on the southern edge of the Murgia, Apulia’s karst plateau, lies the gorgeous Baroque town of Martina Franca.

 

Martina Franca

In fantastic location on a rise on the southern edge of the Murgia, Apulia’s karst plateau, lies the gorgeous Baroque town of Martina Franca.

Pearl of the Baroque in the valley of the trulli

Visitors to Martina Franca are fascinated by the large number of Baroque buildings. A stunning example – Piazza Plebiscito with impressive Basilica di San Martino and its high relief San Martino e il povero (in English: St. Martin and the beggar). Stop inside the basilica and take a look at the multi-color marble altar and elegant, late-Baroque style chapel del Sacaramento. Palazzo dell’Università with its famous clock tower is right next to the church. A little further on, Piazza Maria Immacolata fascinates you with its gorgeous arcades.

 

While strolling through the town, you pass the impressive gate Porta Sant’Antonio, which ‘points the way’ to Piazza XX Settembre. Palazzo Ducale in this piazza is another example of Baroque architecture; its rooms were lavishly decorated by the painter Domenico Carella in 1776. Today it houses municipal offices and is the seat of the municipal council.

A very special treat for those who love salumi

As early as the times of the Kingdom of Naples in the 18th century, the town was famous for its cold cut called "Capocollo". In 2000 it received the Slow Food award. The pork, meat from pigs raised under the best of conditions, is marinated in „Vincotto“, a condiment of thickened grape must, seasoned with herbs from the Murgia dei Trulli and then left to rest in a natural casing for ca. 15 days. Finally the meat is smoked, and then stored for three months. Buon appetito!

Festival della Valle d’Itria

In summer, the air at Martina Franca is literally pervaded by art and history. Those who love classical music and opera should not miss out on this festival with its large offer of unpublished operas, concerts, auteur cinema and religious music. The festival takes place every year between mid July and August. More information and a calendar of events are found at www.festivaldellavalleditria.it.

More information about Martina Franca

Tourist information: Piazza XX Settembre 3

Market days: Wednesday and Saturday

Antique market: every 3rd Sunday of a month

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