Martina Franca: a fusion of rustic and baroque

9 February 2016

In between Bari and Taranto, on the gentle hills of the d’Itria Valley, arises Martina Franca with its antique yet discrete Baroque beauty.

With a kind and rustic atmosphere, risen from the surrounding Old city Centers, allows the magniloquent architecture to speak of an enriched past, whose traces are visible inside the Churches, on the Historic squares, and by the Baroque accentuated Noble Homes in Martina Vecchia, the Historic City Centre of Martina Franca.

Once stepped in the Old Historic Town of Martina Franca, we find thousands of alleys, characterized by the white-colored walls. A peculiar point to mention of the Old Historic Town, is the slight un-evenness between high and low points, making the centre point of Martina Franca key point for rainfall.

When walking through the alleys of Martina Vecchia, we are accompanied by the delicate scent of flowers and fresh laundry. Walking on we find small and hidden handcraft shops as well as Osterie, or petit bistros, where it is possible to enrich the palate with local specialities, like Red Wine and Capocollo, for whom which Martina Franca stands highly for nationally and internationally. This precious salami, derived from local pork meat, infused with wine and Mediterranean aromatic herbs, finalized with a smoked technique with Oak wood, is one of a kind, not to be missed when visiting Martina Franca.

The authentic tradition of Martina Franca is in irony with the presence of majestic Churches and Historic Public buildings. Centre point of Martina Franca is Cathedral or the Basilica of San Martino, founded in the 700 hundreds, on the grounds of a previously Roman Collegiate.

With no lesser importance, and with an equal vivacious Baroque print, we find the Church of San Domenico, the Church of del Carmine, the Church of Sant’Antonio with its prestigious fresco paintings on the interior, or even the Church of San Francesco da Paola, accompanied by the Paolotti Convent.
Martina Franca’s majesty is also presented by the valuable contribution of civil buildings. Il Palazzo Ducale, or Ducal Palace, for example is one of them. With a Baroque deriving from Lecce, fuses in great harmony with portraits of the Renaissance era. Without forgetting the Noble home of Palazzo Delfini, signed with the coat of arms of Caryatid figures and Apotropaic masks, at the entrance, or the Noble home of Palazzo Magli with its truly authentic Baroque touched frontal facet. With its maze of narrow streets and prestigious Baroque touch, Martina Franca, brought alive by its culture, preserved with its uniqueness, is still today one of the most visited cities of the d’Itria Valley.





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