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Massafra city and its canyons .

The NOVECENTO R&B was born in the historic center of Massafra, a territory rich in natural and monumental beauties of the rock civilization, of curiosities and city traditions to be lived throughout the year. By insinuating itself into the alleys and narrow streets of old Massafra, in fact, you can see the historic building in which the NOVECENTO Bed & Breakfast-Holiday House was born. A few steps from the Cathedral of San Lorenzo (which still retains eighteenth-century paintings of considerable value inside), the structure fits well into the historical traditions of our places. In fact, following an ideal tourist itinerary, one comes across the beauty of the so-called “New Church”, whose construction was started back in 1853 by the archpriest Don Antonio Ladiana and finished in 1931. The large dome overlooking the inhabited, which has become one of the symbols of the city, it is the flagship of the panoramic terrace of the R&B, a photographic destination for all tourists visiting the facility.


THE Canyons (Gravine), long and tortuous crevasses that line the limestone soil of Puglia, often offer breathtaking scenery. Many places recognize themselves so much in this amazing phenomenon, that they have formed an urban wall grafted into the territorial conformation, often joined by bridges and roads created ad hoc. This constitutes a real natural park for speleologists and a great cultural wealth for all tourists and residents. Known throughout the world, Massafra is deeply linked to its ravines and especially to that of the Madonna della Scala which extends for over 4 km., Dotted with caves, aromas, scents and a unique vegetation, rich in over six hundred plants, many of which officinal and medical. In the tuff of the ravines people, in an attempt to find shelter and safety, dug caves making them homes. Thus were born the rocky villages among which the most famous is the one where the grotto of the Magician Greguro was born: a complex of 12 intercommunicating caves with processing benches inside and about 300 burial niches used as shelves on which to store the potions.


The territory of Massafra includes about 30 cave churches, also known as Byzantine crypts, datable between the IV and XV century AD, of considerable iconographic and architectural interest. The main crypts are: Good New, San Marco, La Candelora, San Leonardo, Sant’Antonio. The Castle of Massafra has the shape of a quadrilateral: the three oldest towers are circular, while the south-east one that overlooks the gravina of San Marco is octagonal. All the towers are escarpments and equipped with large battlements and frames with the exception of the octagonal tower. In 1500 it was inhabited by the Pappacoda family who restored the old building and enriched its structure with new bastions and walls. In the XVII and XVIII centuries it belonged to the Imperiali family. Currently the castle is home to the Municipal Library and the Archaeological Civic Museum of the Oil and Wine Civilization which can be visited all year round.


Folklore, popular religiosity and traditions.

It is the main annual appointment. The Carnival of Massafra now in its 60th edition, has deep roots and is lost in the mists of time. The Massafrese Carnival is completely atypical compared to the others that take place on Italian territory. It represents a winning mix of carnival events and imposing parades of papier-mâché floats. The rites of Holy Week represent for the city of Massafra a set of popular religious events that are very involving from a spiritual point of view. All citizens and high political offices participate in religious events following the processions that plunge between white roads and luxuriant ravines that highlight the feeling of faith and that linked to its traditions. Massafra is also culinary traditions linked to the simplicity of the products used for the most typical preparations. Like the typical Apulian orecchiette flavored with fresh tomato ragout, basil and ricotta cheese from the surrounding farms; or the pizzicarieddi (small gnocchi) seasoned with local pecorino cheese and spicy ricotta. Or dairy products such as: mozzarella, scamorze, caciocavalli, burratine.


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In the surroundings

Taranto has an ancient heart that beats between the two seas (Mar Piccolo and Mar Grande) and has earned it the nickname “City of the two seas”. Always one of the most important base of the Navy, Taranto lives in close relationship with the sea which is the dominant feature of the city. The majestic Ponte Girevole is its symbol, which connects the island of the ancient village to the new city by crossing the canal that connects Mar Grande to Mar Piccolo. It is opened periodically, by rotating the two halves on one side, to allow the passage of large military ships. Next to the revolving bridge, in the ancient part, stands the Aragonese Castle, a grandiose defense work. Old Taranto is perched on an island that connects to the new city by means of two bridges and entering the ancient heart of the city you discover the magic of narrow alleys and bright squares, the architectural elegance of houses and streets through which it is It is possible to reach the Cathedral of San Domenico from the Romanesque era with a Byzantine column.
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Martina Franca, an elegant town nestled on one of the last southern hills of the south-eastern Murgia, dominates the enchanting Itria Valley, a splendid white expanse of white trulli. The main attraction of the city is undoubtedly the characteristic historical center, which presents itself to the visitor in a spectacular maze of narrow streets and enchanting streets, where the splendid Baroque art winds and on which stand noble palaces with beautiful wrought iron balconies ( to mention Palazzo Ducale), delightful and ancient churches (the basilica of San Martino, patron saint of the city, and the church of San Domenico) and characteristic openings. In addition to a rich landscape dotted with the ancient “casedde”, the famous trulli and the typical buildings of the farms, precious evidence of industrial archeology, Martina Franca enjoys a vast karst territory encumbered by suggestive caves. From its strategic position, the city offers visitors a striking panoramic view of the neighboring towns, beyond which lies the province of Brindisi and Bari and, even further, the Adriatic Sea. Martina Franca also offers the enchanting Parco delle Pianelle, and towards green landscapes, to the south, dotted with vast vineyards, offering small oases of peace and tranquility for tourists. Martina Franca is therefore a very popular tourist destination also for its cultural liveliness, which finds its maximum expression in the now famous Festival of the Valle d’Itria born in 1975, which has always been the pride of the city’s cultural activitymartina

The extraordinary town of Alberobello constitutes one of the most unique inhabited centers in the world, which has become a UNESCO World Heritage Site thanks mainly to the presence of its picturesque trulli (there are more than 1000 of them). The trullo is a characteristic house of farmers or artisans, built with dry stone walls, on which stands a cone-shaped dome, closed by a pinnacle and covered, always dry, by concentric and sloping rows of smooth gray slabs. local stone, called chiancarelle. The itinerary through which to discover the most suggestive lanes and corners of the capital of the Trulli, as well as its monuments and museums, starts from the Belvedere terrace. Here the visitor, enjoying a splendid panorama of the historic center, dominated by cone-shaped roofs embellished with mysterious symbols drawn with lime, will immediately feel that they are in a unique city in the world. The route continues with a visit to the historic center of the Aia Piccola district, consisting of around 400 trulli, for the most part still used as homes. In the Little Hague, we also meet the Museum of Crafts of the old and new crafts, where you can admire tools and instruments of the artisan culture of our land and the Oil Museum. Continuing in the historic center, you then reach the Casa D’Amore, a monument declared a World Heritage Site, which represents the first house built with the use of mortar and without the classic trullo shape. From here you can also reach the Minor Basilica dedicated to Saints Medici Cosma and Damiano. Behind the church, the Trullo Sovrano is located, which represents the most advanced example of a trullo on two floors, where, between hearths, kitchen tools and frames, you can still breathe the atmosphere of the past. The Monti district is also of particular importance in the historic center, which has more than 1000 trulli arranged in seven different ways of incomparable beauty. Among these to mention are the Siamese Trulli, particular for their double shape. Here the visitor will be attracted by the skill of the numerous craftsmen who with their shops animate the neighborhood until late in the evening.

Over the years the city of Matera continues to arouse amazement and to emerge for its landscape, according to many, enchanted. Matera, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1993, has been defined as unique in the world for its configuration and its contrasting landscapes. The Sasso Barisano, turned north-west on the edge of the cliff, the heart of the old city, is the richest in carved portals and friezes that hide its underground heart. The Sasso Caveoso, which faces south instead, is arranged like a Roman amphitheater, with cave houses that descend in steps, and perhaps takes its name from the quarries and classical theaters. In the center is the Civita, a rocky outcrop that separates the two Sassi, on top of which is the Cathedral Basilica. Matera is the city of caves, of entrenched villages, of peasant houses carved out of the rock, of over 120 rock churches with Byzantine frescoes and large Romanesque-Apulian and Baroque churches, among which mention the rock church of the Holy Spirit, the Church of San Domenico and the church of San Giovanni Battista. It is the city that geologically recalls ancient Jerusalem and Cappadocia. It was a destination for many peoples and their masterpieces, but continues to be a destination for great actors and directors who find in Matera a suitable place to shoot their films. A place that has always been inhabited, where it is easy to retrace the history of Man from the Paleolithic until today, from the Neolithic villages to the vast urban fabric of Civilization and the Sassi, where man has been able to use the scarce resources of the territory without destroying it, but integrating with them.

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Sea, sun and nature in an overwhelming rhythm. The vital energy of Salento involves and fascinates, making tourists become the protagonists of an unforgettable holiday. Like Salento, also the whole province of Taranto, land of landings and departures, has been experiencing a surprising cultural awakening in recent years thanks to the re-evaluation and enhancement of its traditions and its history, for the benefit of sustainable, genuine, not at all invasive tourism , in tune with the growing demand for a true dimension that is still able to offer experiences and sensations that are not standardizing or artificial but in contact with an ancient and complex culture, but always pervaded by the strong welcoming spirit of the citizens of the province of Taranto.

Taranto has an ancient heart that beats between the two seas (Mar Piccolo and Mar Grande) and has earned it the nickname “City of the two seas”. Always one of the most important base of the Navy, Taranto lives in close relationship with the sea which is the dominant feature of the city. The majestic Ponte Girevole is its symbol, which connects the island of the ancient village to the new city by crossing the canal that connects Mar Grande to Mar Piccolo. It is opened periodically, by rotating the two halves on one side, to allow the passage of large military ships. Next to the revolving bridge, in the ancient part, stands the Aragonese Castle, a grandiose defense work. Old Taranto is perched on an island that connects to the new city by means of two bridges and entering the ancient heart of the city you discover the magic of narrow alleys and bright squares, the architectural elegance of houses and streets through which it is It is possible to reach the Cathedral of San Domenico from the Romanesque era with a Byzantine column.
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Martina Franca, an elegant town nestled on one of the last southern hills of the south-eastern Murgia, dominates the enchanting Itria Valley, a splendid white expanse of white trulli. The main attraction of the city is undoubtedly the characteristic historical center, which presents itself to the visitor in a spectacular maze of narrow streets and enchanting streets, where the splendid Baroque art winds and on which stand noble palaces with beautiful wrought iron balconies ( to mention Palazzo Ducale), delightful and ancient churches (the basilica of San Martino, patron saint of the city, and the church of San Domenico) and characteristic openings. In addition to a rich landscape dotted with the ancient “casedde”, the famous trulli and the typical buildings of the farms, precious evidence of industrial archeology, Martina Franca enjoys a vast karst territory encumbered by suggestive caves. From its strategic position, the city offers visitors a striking panoramic view of the neighboring towns, beyond which lies the province of Brindisi and Bari and, even further, the Adriatic Sea. Martina Franca also offers the enchanting Parco delle Pianelle, and towards green landscapes, to the south, dotted with vast vineyards, offering small oases of peace and tranquility for tourists. Martina Franca is therefore a very popular tourist destination also for its cultural liveliness, which finds its maximum expression in the now famous Festival of the Valle d’Itria born in 1975, which has always been the pride of the city’s cultural activitymartina

The extraordinary town of Alberobello constitutes one of the most unique inhabited centers in the world, which has become a UNESCO World Heritage Site thanks mainly to the presence of its picturesque trulli (there are more than 1000 of them). The trullo is a characteristic house of farmers or artisans, built with dry stone walls, on which stands a cone-shaped dome, closed by a pinnacle and covered, always dry, by concentric and sloping rows of smooth gray slabs. local stone, called chiancarelle. The itinerary through which to discover the most suggestive lanes and corners of the capital of the Trulli, as well as its monuments and museums, starts from the Belvedere terrace. Here the visitor, enjoying a splendid panorama of the historic center, dominated by cone-shaped roofs embellished with mysterious symbols drawn with lime, will immediately feel that they are in a unique city in the world. The route continues with a visit to the historic center of the Aia Piccola district, consisting of around 400 trulli, for the most part still used as homes. In the Little Hague, we also meet the Museum of Crafts of the old and new crafts, where you can admire tools and instruments of the artisan culture of our land and the Oil Museum. Continuing in the historic center, you then reach the Casa D’Amore, a monument declared a World Heritage Site, which represents the first house built with the use of mortar and without the classic trullo shape. From here you can also reach the Minor Basilica dedicated to Saints Medici Cosma and Damiano. Behind the church, the Trullo Sovrano is located, which represents the most advanced example of a trullo on two floors, where, between hearths, kitchen tools and frames, you can still breathe the atmosphere of the past. The Monti district is also of particular importance in the historic center, which has more than 1000 trulli arranged in seven different ways of incomparable beauty. Among these to mention are the Siamese Trulli, particular for their double shape. Here the visitor will be attracted by the skill of the numerous craftsmen who with their shops animate the neighborhood until late in the evening.

Over the years the city of Matera continues to arouse amazement and to emerge for its landscape, according to many, enchanted. Matera, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1993, has been defined as unique in the world for its configuration and its contrasting landscapes. The Sasso Barisano, turned north-west on the edge of the cliff, the heart of the old city, is the richest in carved portals and friezes that hide its underground heart. The Sasso Caveoso, which faces south instead, is arranged like a Roman amphitheater, with cave houses that descend in steps, and perhaps takes its name from the quarries and classical theaters. In the center is the Civita, a rocky outcrop that separates the two Sassi, on top of which is the Cathedral Basilica. Matera is the city of caves, of entrenched villages, of peasant houses carved out of the rock, of over 120 rock churches with Byzantine frescoes and large Romanesque-Apulian and Baroque churches, among which mention the rock church of the Holy Spirit, the Church of San Domenico and the church of San Giovanni Battista. It is the city that geologically recalls ancient Jerusalem and Cappadocia. It was a destination for many peoples and their masterpieces, but continues to be a destination for great actors and directors who find in Matera a suitable place to shoot their films. A place that has always been inhabited, where it is easy to retrace the history of Man from the Paleolithic until today, from the Neolithic villages to the vast urban fabric of Civilization and the Sassi, where man has been able to use the scarce resources of the territory without destroying it, but integrating with them.

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Sea, sun and nature in an overwhelming rhythm. The vital energy of Salento involves and fascinates, making tourists become the protagonists of an unforgettable holiday. Like Salento, also the whole province of Taranto, land of landings and departures, has been experiencing a surprising cultural awakening in recent years thanks to the re-evaluation and enhancement of its traditions and its history, for the benefit of sustainable, genuine, not at all invasive tourism , in tune with the growing demand for a true dimension that is still able to offer experiences and sensations that are not standardizing or artificial but in contact with an ancient and complex culture, but always pervaded by the strong welcoming spirit of the citizens of the province of Taranto.