Cisternino Travel Guide

Towns and cities in Puglia

Cisternino Travel Guide

Nestled in the heart of Puglia's Valle d'Itria, Cisternino is a captivating town known for its picturesque old town, traditional whitewashed houses, and panoramic views of the rolling Apulian countryside. As one of the trio of enchanting towns alongside Alberobello and Locorotondo, Cisternino offers a perfect escape to a place where time slows down, and beauty and tradition reign.

Cisternino Travel Guide

About the area

Cisternino, Puglia

Cisternino is distinguished by its beautifully preserved old town, where narrow lanes and shaded alleys open onto lively piazzas and breathtaking viewpoints. This town is not only a feast for the eyes but also offers a slice of authentic Italian life. The surrounding landscape, characterised by dry stone walls and trulli roofs, adds to the town’s charm, making it a picturesque location for both relaxation and adventure. With its rich history, stunning landscapes, and warm local hospitality, Cisternino provides a deeply rewarding experience for those looking to explore the less trodden paths of Italy’s south.

Cisternino Travel Guide

Things to do in Cisternino

Things to do in Cisternino
  • Stroll through the old town: The town’s whitewashed houses, narrow, shady streets, historic churches and elegant central piazza open out onto a series of panoramic viewpoints from which visitors can take in the surrounding countryside. Cisternino is pleasant to visit at any time of day, though there is something particularly magical on a summer's evening as the locals come out for a sunset stroll and restaurants, gelaterie and bars around the piazza fill up.
  • Dine at a barbecuing butcher: You don't need to go to a restaurant to eat in Cisternino, as the town is famous for its barbecuing butchers. All you have to do is choose your meat - maybe the local speciality, bombette, little meat parcels filled with mince, ham and cheese - and take a seat outside with a carafe of local wine. The butcher will then barbecue your chosen goodies and bring them out to you when ready. A truly local (and delicious) eating experience.
  • Visit historical churches and palaces: The streets of Cisternino are home to some buildings of considerable architectural interest, including the 13th century Norman-Swabian tower, topped with a little statue of San Nicola; the 14th century Church of San Nicola with its 18th century facade and 6th century foundations; the curvaceous baroque Church of San Cataldo, and tower-flanked Palazzo Amati.
  • Enjoy local festivals: In August, Cisternino celebrates the summer with a series of festivals, including the processions for the Festa di San Quirico, one of the town's patron saints, and a couple of food festivals, or sagre. Then in September, the town turns its attention to the grape harvest, which is toasted with yet another party!
  • Explore nearby Valle d'Itria towns: Use Cisternino as a base to visit other notable towns in the region, such as Alberobello and Locorotondo, each known for their distinct charms and historical significance. There are many viewpoints around the town for stunning vistas of the Valle d'Itria, dotted with trulli and lush greenery.
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