The small town of Cisternino spreads over a hilltop (1300 feet above sea level) in the picturesque Itria Valley part of the Province of Brindisi, Apulia, with a population of less than 12,000 inhabitants occupied mainly in agriculture and tourism.
Located 45 miles and an hours drive from Brindisi airport, 50 miles and 80 minutes by car from Bari and 10 miles from the beaches of the Adriatic coast, in Apulia, it is an increasingly popular area to partake a holiday.
The countryside in the Valle d'Itria around Cisternino is covered in olive groves and vineyards dissected by hundreds of tiny dry-stone walled lanes, many barely wide enough for one vehicle let alone two. Most of these back roads have neither a name or number so taking a satnav might be handy or a good degree of map reading skills. Wild flowers abound in the spring time, but once summer comes the fields are turned brown, with the only greenery the trees.
Driving round the area you will also see hundreds of the famous conical trulli dwellings, built in the same fashion and style as the terrace and lane walls with the addition of a cone shaped roof, that were once home to the local peasant farmers and poor. Many a trullo has been upgraded now with extensions and modern facilites appropriate to the age, for homes or vacation rentals (often with a pool).
Cisternino Old Quarter
The medieval quarter presents an opportunity to stroll back through history on the time worn stone paved lanes in between ancient palaces, towers, shops and homes that are mostly still in use today. Here you can stop and refresh yourself in tiny bars and restaurants that spill out over the pavements, buy a souvenir in local craft shops or take a few snapshots for the family album.