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We are lucky: Apulia gives us a lot without any effort. From the beaches with Caribbean sea to the nature which still remains wild, from the historical villages to the cities of art, along with local gastronomy and country festivals, which animate this stretch of Apulia during the whole year.

Country Resort Città Bianca enjoys a privileged position in the heart of the Upper Salento, only a short distance from beautiful beaches and villages, which seem to have come out of a postcard of yesteryear. There are many places that are worth knowing and living in first person, here we recommend our favourites.

Marine Protected Area of Torre Guaceto



Located on the Adriatic coast, a short distance from Carovigno and San Vito dei Normanni, the Marine Protected Area of Torre Guaceto includes an 8 km stretch of coastline, with coastal dunes that can reach up to 15 meters in height. The rocky seabed is ideal for sea watchers, while the soft sandy seabed is home to the Posidioneto, a local plant of the Mediterranean, and Coralligeno, a coral red sea floor.

Specchiolla



Specchiolla is located in the region of Carovigno, a few kilometers from the Marine Protected Area of Torre Guaceto. It overlooks the Adriatic Sea which is accessed from sandy beaches and low, jagged cliffs, where the 3 Vele di Legambiente fly. There are fully equipped beaches as well as public spaces, with fine and clear sand framed by the shrubs. Those who love the rocks, however, should go to "Chiancareddhe."

Cisternino



In its central core the historical residences alternate one after the other: from the Governor's palace, a splendid example of Apulian baroque, to the bishop's palace of the 16th century, from Palazzo Amati to Palazzo Lagravinese, up to Palazzo Ricci-Capece with the Torre del Vento. The village boasts the Orange Flag, a tourist-environmental quality mark of the Italian Touring Club, granted to the small treasures of the hinterland that stand out for their quality in hospitality and “small” excellences.

Ostuni



Nicknamed Città Bianca, because of the limestone colour of the ancient village, Ostuni hosts in its center a Cathedral in Romanesque-Gothic style dating back to 400, which contains a beautiful rose window displaying 24 rays. Via Cattedrale separates the medieval heart of the city in two: for one there is the former Carmelite Monastery, while in Largo Trinchera there are the buildings of the Bishop's Palace and the old Seminary, also dating back to 700, connected by a charming arch called Scoppa.

Oria



Awarded with the Orange Flag of the Italian Touring Club, Oria is divided into 4 districts. The Castello district houses the panoramic manor built by Frederick II. The surrounding area is a maze of narrow streets, stairways and whitewashed houses. The Judea district was once inhabited by a Jewish community, while the Lama district is flatter than the others. Finally, San Basilio rises on the top of a hill, where the homonymous saint Oritana had the first a Greek rite church built.

Gatronomy



Authentic Apulia can also be enjoyed at the table. Apulian food and wine is like an explosion of flavors of excellence. Here the secret lies in the ingredients, all of them genuine and 0 km, such as the excellent extra virgin olive oil and fine wines. From friselle to taralli, passing through pucce and orecchiette, up to burrata, caciocavallo, maretti and gnummareddi. Among the desserts we suggest a taste of nougat, cartellate, stuffed wafers, mostaccioli, poperate and sfogliatelle.

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