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Tranquil Cisternino is a beautiful hilltop town surrounded by vast plains of beautiful olive groves. The picturesque town centre itself is full of historic buildings and closed off to all traffic, making it perfect for exploring. The town features a choice of bars and restaurants in which to spend a warm evening eating and chatting. Try out one of the town’s Osterias – traditional restaurants where you can sample the local speciality of delicious grilled steak – and then walk it off by joining the locals for the traditional evening stroll around the town.
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Cisternino is quite famous for it's Macellerias (Butcher's shops) which are different to those you find in the UK. Here you can select your meat and how you would like it cooked then sit outside or sometimes in a small restaurant across the street and enjoy freshly cooked local meat with a bottle of local wine. A fun and often inexpensive way to eat out!
Cisternino's nightlife is quiet and subdued but nonetheless you will be able to find a few cocktail bars and cafes that will stay open until late in the old town.
Torre Guaceto is a protected Marine reserve less than an hours drive from Cisternino. Here the landscape is a beautiful combination of Mediterranean olive groves, rocky cliffs, sandy beaches and wetlands rich in wildlife. No motorised water sports are allowed within the protected area but there are plenty of other activities to enjoy, including hiking trails, cycle routes, snorkelling and scuba diving. If you are really lucky you might even catch a glimpse of some Loggerhead turtles or dolphins!
The Zoo Safari near Fasano is a real treat for all the family! Open from March to September, the zoo is home to over 50 species of animal and there are fantastic dolphin and penguin shows to catch!
Visit the famous caves of Castellana and be "wow-ed" by the amazing caverns, fossils stalactites and stalagmites that have been around for hundreds of years
Visit nearby Martina Franca, the largest town in the region, still steeped in history. Pass through the Roman gates and walk the narrow streets which lead to the many little squares. Stop at the Piazza Plebiscito and enjoy an Italian coffee and pastry in one of the pavement cafes in front of the Basilica di San Martino, a large Baroque church built in 1775.
Festa di San Gius...national event
At this patronal feast honoring St. Joseph, visitors gather in the evening around a large bonfire and sample local dishes such as tria and desserts. Events may include music, processions and more.
Good Fridaynational event
Easter Sundaynational event
Labour Daynational event
Liberation Daynational event
Festa Il Cavallo ...national event
Festa Il Cavallo Parato, Brindisi. This festival commemorates the Feast of Corpus Domini as well as the return of King Louis IX of France from the Crusades. A procession weaves its way through the town led by the bishop on a white stallion.
Bari Jazz Festivalnational event
The festival will be the stage for the greatest contemporary music trends, with a series of free concerts, held in spellbinding locations, steeped in art, nature and history. A rich line-up of front-rank artists and local talents, selected by an artistic committee of experts.
St John The Bapti...national event
Assumption of Marynational event
The weekend of August 14th/ 15h (Ferragosto) is a huge national bank holiday and many shops and services will be closed and restaurants will be very busy. Please be aware that traffic could be very heavy at this time.
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