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Welcome to Italy in Photos and immerse yourself in the enchanting beauty of Locorotondo: – Locorotondo is a charming town located in the Valle d’Itria, a picturesque valley in the Apulia region of southern Italy. The town is situated between Martina Franca and Alberobello and is known for its circular structure, which is now a historical centre, from which it derives its name, meaning “Round place” . Locorotondo is a member of the I Borghi più belli d’Italia (“The most beautiful villages of Italy”) association and has been awarded the Orange Flag of the Touring Club of Italy due to the harmony of its shapes and the accessibility of the old town, as it can be easily visited on foot. The town is characterized by a labyrinth of white alleys lined with old buildings, which are jealously guarded by their inhabitants. The historic center is known for its typical houses called “Le Cummerse,” which have a regular geometric shape and a sloping roof made of two different layers of limestone slabs. These dwellings have been renovated and offered to visitors in the form of scattered hotels. Locorotondo’s heritage includes the Mother Church of “St. George the Martyr,” built between 1769 and 1821 and characterized by a Renaissance-style façade and some neoclassical elements, the Romanesque church of Madonna della Greca, and the church of “San Rocco”. The town hedges its bets with two patron saints; San Giorgio, who is celebrated with a market fair on 22 and 23 April, and San Rocco, who is awarded a day of musical celebrations (called la Diana), as he still represents the liberation of the town from the plague of the XVII century. Locorotondo is a delightful town of whitewashed houses set on a hilltop. It is classed as one of the most beautiful villages of Italy, “Borghi più belli d’Italia”. The town is surrounded by a green stretch of countryside dotted with the famous whitewashed cone-roofed trulli houses. The site has been settled since ancient times, as testified by archaeological finds dating between the 3rd and the 7th century BC. The foundation of the town dates to around 1000 AD as an unfortified hamlet under the jurisdiction of the Benedictine monastery of St. Stephen in Monopoli. The estate of various feudal lords for 500 years, it saw an increase in population, housing development, and the construction of the walls and castle. The Caracciolo family, Dukes of Martina Franca, and the last feudal lords remained in Locorotondo until the beginning of the 19th century.
Via Cisternino is a street in Locorotondo which runs from Strada Provinciale 226 to Via Alberobello (Photos 1-2-3-6-7-8-9) – Via Enrico Fermi is a street in Locorotondo which runs from Via Cisternino to Cimitero Comunale (Photo 4) – Cimitero Comunale di Locorotondo is a public cemetery in Locorotondo. It is on Via Cisternino. The cemetery is managed by the Municipality of Locorotondo and has a chapel and a crematorium. The cemetery is a place where people can pay their respects to their loved ones who have passed away. It is also a place where people can find peace and tranquillity in the midst of nature. The cemetery has a beautiful landscape with trees, flowers, and fountains. The cemetery also has some historical monuments, such as the tomb of Francesco De’ Medici, who was born in Locorotondo and became the Grand Duke of Tuscany/ (Photo 5) – Via Cavour is a street in Locorotondo which runs from Via Semeraro Arciprete to Corso XX Settembre (Photo 10-54-56) – Corso Umberto I’ is a street in Locorotondo which runs from Via Cavour to Corso XX Settembre (Photos 11-12-14) – Chiesa Rettoria Oratorio Santuario di S.Rocco patrono is a church and a sanctuary in Locorotondo. The church and the sanctuary are dedicated to San Rocco, the patron saint of Locorotondo, who is believed to have protected the town from the plague in the 17th century. The church and the sanctuary were built on the site of an older church that was destroyed by fire in 1938. The current building was designed by architect Giuseppe De Luca and completed in 1950. It has a simple and elegant style, with a white marble facade and a bell tower. The interior has a nave with five chapels and an altar dedicated to San Rocco. The sanctuary also contains a statue of San Rocco made by sculptor Giuseppe De Luca himself. (Photo 15) – Largo S. Rocco is a street in Locorotondo which runs from Corso Umberto I’ to Via Madonna della Greca (Photos 16-19) – The Chiesa Rettoria Madonna della Greca is the oldest church in Locorotondo. It is dedicated to Santa Maria della Greca, the patron saint of the Greek Orthodox refugees who settled in the area. The church was first built between the 7th and 8th century and then reconstructed in the 15th century. The church has a medieval gothic-style plan in its interior and a simple exterior with a bell-shaped front and a stone rose-window. The facade has statues of Saints Peter and Paul at the corners and polystyle pillars with classical motifs. The church also has some frescoes, sculptures, and paintings from different periods. (Photos 17-18) – Via Vittorio Veneto is a street in Locorotondo which runs from Piazza Antonio Mitrano to Corso Umberto I’ (Photos 20-21-22) – Via Giannone is a dead end which can be found along Via Vittorio Veneto (Photo 23)
Piazza Fra Giuseppe Andrea Rodio is a square in the centre of Locorotondo. It is named after Fra Giuseppe Andrea Rodio, a Franciscan friar who was born in Locorotondo in 1748 and became a priest and a missionary. He died in 1817 and was buried in the Chiesa Madre di S.Giorgio Martire, which is on the square. (Photos 24-25) – The Chiesa Madre di S.Giorgio Martire is the mother church of Locorotondo, a town in the province of Bari, Puglia, Italy. It is dedicated to San Giorgio Martire, the patron saint of the city. The current building was begun in 1790 and concluded in 1825 on the same area where in the past were built two other churches dedicated to the same holy. The church has a neoclassical style facade with statues of Saints Peter and Paul at the corners and polystyle pillars with classical motifs. The interior is articulated on a Greek cross plan, with a central dome 35 meters high. The church also has some frescoes, sculptures, and paintings from different periods. (Photos 26-27-28) – Via Porta Nuova is a street in Locorotondo which runs from Via Vittorio Veneto to Via Dura (Photos 29-30-31) – Via Morelli is a street in Locorotondo which runs from Largo Soccorso to Via Vittorio Alfieri (Photos 32-33-34) – Via Antonio Bruno is a street in Locorotondo which runs from Via Morelli to Piazza Vittorio Emanuele (Photos 35-36) – Piazza Dante is a beautiful square in the centre of Locorotondo, a charming white town in the heart of the Italian South. It is named after the poet Dante Alighieri, who was born in Ravenna and visited Locorotondo several times. It is also a lively place where you can enjoy the local cuisine, culture, and festivals. (Photos 38-48-49-50) – Piazza Vittorio Emanuele is the main square of Locorotondo. It is in the historical centre of the town, which is surrounded by a circular layout and has many beautiful churches, palaces, and arches. The square has a panoramic terrace that offers amazing views over the valley below, where you can see olive trees and trulli, the typical cone-shaped houses of Puglia. The square is also close to the city park named after Garibaldi, a national hero who fought for Italian unification. (Photo 39) – Villa Comunale Giuseppe Garibaldi is a historical and recreational park located in Locorotondo. It is situated on the south-western slope of the hill where the ancient town centre stands. The park has a panoramic terrace that offers amazing views over the valley of Itria, where you can see olive trees and trulli, the typical cone-shaped houses of Puglia. The park also has a circular layout with 20 irregular and misty alleys, where you can relax on wooden benches and enjoy the greenery. The park was created in 1860 by Vittorio Aprile, who was the mayor of Locorotondo at that time. He named it after Giuseppe Garibaldi, a national hero who fought for Italian unification. The park was later renovated and expanded by other mayors, such as Domenico Scodalupi and Angelo Convertini. (Photos 40-41-42-43-44-45-46-47) – Piazza Aldo Moro is a square in Locorotondo, in the historical centre of the town. It is named after Aldo Moro, a former prime minister of Italy who was kidnapped and killed by the Red Brigades in 1978. Itis also home to the Municipio Comune di Locorotondo (Town Hall). (Photo 51) – Corso XX Settembre is a street in Locorotondo which runs from Piazza Dante to Via Cisternino (Photo 52-53) – Via Semeraro Arciprete is a street in Locorotondo which runs from Via Cavour to Via Semeraro Arciprete (Photo 52-53)
Locorotondo has a rich and diverse cuisine, influenced by its history, geography, and culture. Some of the typical dishes of Locorotondo are: – Pasta con le sarde: – pasta with sardines, a simple but delicious dish that showcases the freshness and flavour of the local fish. The pasta is usually made with fresh or dried sardines, garlic, olive oil, parsley, and lemon juice. The dish can be served hot or cold, with bread or salad. -Focaccia: – a flatbread topped with olive oil, salt, rosemary, and sometimes cheese or tomatoes. Focaccia is a staple of Puglian cuisine and can be found in many bakeries and street stalls. It is perfect for dipping in soups or sauces. – Crostata di mele: – apple pie, a sweet dessert made with apples, sugar, cinnamon, and sometimes raisins or nuts. Crostata di mele is a traditional treat for special occasions and holidays. It is usually served warm with whipped cream or ice cream. – Bacalao alla locorotonda: – codfish baked with tomatoes, onions, garlic, olives, capers, and herbs. Bacalao alla locorotonda is a hearty and satisfying dish that can be enjoyed as a main course or as an appetizer. It is often accompanied by bread or rice.
Photo Gallery of Walk 1 – Via Cisternino to Piazza Fra Giuseppe Andrea Rodio
Approximately 1.44 km – 0.89 miles
The walk starts in Via Cisternino – Via Enrico Fermi – Cimitero Comunale di Locorotondo – Via Enrico Fermi – Via Cisternino – Via Cavour – Corso Umberto I’ – Via Morosini – Chiesa Rettoria Oratorio Santuario di S.Rocco patrono, Largo S. Rocco – Largo S. Rocco – Chiesa Rettoria Madonna della Greca, Largo Madonna della Greca – Via Vittorio Veneto – Via Giannone – Piazza Fra Giuseppe Andrea Rodio – Chiesa Rettoria Oratorio di Maria SS Annunziata e Sacro Cuore e S.Lucia, Piazza Fra Giuseppe Andrea Rodio
Photo Gallery of Walk 2 – Via Dura to Via Cavour
Approximately 0.82 km – 0.51 miles
The walk starts in Via Porta Nuova – Via Dura – Via C. Battisti – Via Morelli – Via Antonio Bruno – Piazza Vittorio Emanuele – Piazza Dante – Villa Comunale Giuseppe Garibaldi, Piazza Dante – Corso XX Settembre – Via Cavour – Via Semeraro Arciprete – Largo Giuseppe Mazzini – Via Cavour