Info Cisternino

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  • Apulia





    54,14 Kmq


    Via Principe Amedeo 72

Cisternino, a total white village surrounded by alleys, arches, stairs and balconies full of flowers

It is easy to get lost in the centre of this total white village, in a network of alleys, arches, stairs and balconies full of flowers, which is the result of the spontaneous architecture marking this town. The village overlooks the Valle d’Itria or Valle dei Trulli from a wonderful balcony and it is mentioned in the list of the most beautiful towns in Italy.

It has probably been founded by basilian monks around the year 1000, when they started building a temple which has been found under the present Mother Church. The entrance of the city is dominated by the Norman-Swabian tower: it is 17 metres high and it is a defensive structure on the top of which we can admire a statue of San Nicola di Bari, the patron saint of the town.

It is worth mentioning the Mother Church dedicated to San Nicola; it has been built during the 12th century according to the Romanesque style on the ruins of an old basilian church built in the 8th century. It shows three naves separated by Corinthian capital columns and a large transept. Within the church we can also admire some very important works of art such as two bas-relieves by one of the greatest Renaissance Apulian artists, Stefano da Putignano, in his own hand: the Madonna del Cardellino and a little tabernacle.

It the old town centre, some important mansions are well worth visiting too: del Governatore, Amati, Lagravinese and Capece. The inhabitants of Cisternino are deeply devoted to the Madonna di Ibernia who is worshipped in a shrine with the same name sited about 3 km away from the town. According to the legend the Virgin appeared in this place asking for a church in her honour.

Around the church some finds, dated back to the byzantine period, have been found such as a capital and some graves; this made some scholars think that the shrine was built on the ruins of a little town.

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Useful information for tourists

Useful information for tourists in Apulia

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    Identity card for community citizens; passport for extra-community tourists

  • Useful numbers:

    • Carabinieri 112
    • State Police 113
    • Firemen 115
    • Finance Police 117
    • First Aid 118
  • How to reach Apulia:

    By plane

    Bari Airport: Karol Wojtyla. Brindisi Airport: Papola Casale. Foggia Airport: Gino Lisa

    By train

    Trenitalia links the main Italian cities of Apulia

    On highway

    A14 from Bologna through Foggia and Bari to Taranto

    A16 from Napoli; in Canosa it converges with A14.

Secular olive-groves with crooked trunks appearing as real natural sculptures.

Secular olive-groves

Symbol of the flora of the whole region is the olive tree, which characterizes the territory from the Tavoliere to the end of the Salento with immense fields.

Secular olive-groves

The olive trees with their beauty and charm, given by their secular crooked trunks, embody the history of Apulia thanks to their millenarian presence on the territory. They are the oldest and largest group of millenarian vegetal specimens in the world.

Self- vegetation and animal species in Apulia.

Horse of the Murgia

A huge number of biotopes of vegetable and animal species characterizes the region, even if only the 7% of the territory has been declared protected area. The Apulian self-vegetation is marked by woods, the Mediterranean maquis and the so-called ganga (rocky pasture).

Pink flamingos in the salt marshes of Margherita di Savoia

The region shows two national parks: the Gargano National Park with many areas and reserves and the lakes of Lesina and Varano, and the Alta Murgia National Park.