Centro Storico Locorotondo

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Centro Storico Locorotondo
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Sylvain G.
Lugrin, France183 contributions
Jul 2020 • Family
A lovely white village, with myriads of tiny streets in which you will love to lose quietly lose yourself.

There is also a couple of interesting churches, as well as everything needed to have a drink or a meal.
Written July 27, 2020
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Niwotois
Boulder, CO358 contributions
May 2018 • Couples
This is a love letter to Locorotondo as the best spot in the beautiful Val d'Itria in the heart of "Trulli Land." It's less touristy (a lot less touristy) than Alberobello. prettier than Cisternino, and smaller, more intimate and less crowded and bustling than Martina Franca and Ostuni. All of these towns are less than a half hour away, mostly more like 10-15 minutes, so you can see any of them easily.

The newer parts of Locorotondo are to the north and west of the centro storico, which is on the south edge of the town, with beautiful views to the south, overlooking many white, pointed trulli. The ancient town center is a twisting warren of pedestrian lanes and tiny streets. You wouldn't want to attempt to drive there and you can't anyway. A large, free parking lot is at the east edge of the centro storico, just at the top of the hill upon which the town sits. Every place you could want to look at or eat in is within very easy walking distance from that lot. And you will get lost. Use the cathedral bell tower as the guidepost to get back to the parking lot.

Locorotondo is justly famous for its good local white wine and the town has many excellent restaurants. We stayed at an absolutely perfect spot about 3/4 mile south of town (easy walking distance) called Agriturismo Masseria Aprile. In town, there is a renovated series of apartments in ancient buildings called "Sotto le Cummerse." There are a number of very interesting churches in the town, so many that one wonders how they could all have been built and supported in what is really quite a small town.

Again, one of the things we liked best about Locorotondo (other than its beauty and interest) was its central location. Martina Franca (easily visible on the horizon) is 7km south; Alberobello is 9 km west; Cisternino is 10 km east; Ostuni - the "White City" - is 22km east. Further afield are the coastal towns of Monopoli, Polignano a Mare and Egnatia, full of seafood, beaches and Roman ruins (the furthest of which is 35 km from Locorotondo). There are even famous caves (28km northwest in Castellana) and a zoo safari for the kiddies at Fasano, 10km north. Among all of these town, we found that Ostuni was definitely worth a visit and we were told repeatedly the Monopoli matches or exceeds it.

Closer to home, the area around Locorotondo is honeycombed with winding country roads and trails - paved and unpaved, but all in good repair - many signposted, for hiking and biking. Good maps are wide available. On these roads scattered all around Locorotondo (but more to the south and east) you will see over 100 clusters of trulli settlements. The trulli are a type of building found nowhere else in the world (other than, possibly, parts of island Greece). They are stone, mostly round (some square) with a striking conical, dry-stone roof topped by a pointed stone or wooden cap. They look like something out of Middle Earth and there are hundreds and hundreds, some in disrepair and some beautifully restored and modernized. The rolling countryside around Locorotondo is a lovely as the white town itself and a photographers paradise.

After 18 days in Puglia and Basilicata, every one of which we enjoyed immensely, Locorotondo was our favorite spot.
Written May 25, 2018
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preglad
New York3,510 contributions
May 2016 • Couples
For us seeing Locorotondo prior to Alberobello and just after commencing with Martina Franca was the right way to go in terms of the trulli experience. In this way we slowly engaged the area in terms of offerings from simplest to most complex. it's a good idea to read a bit about the whole trulli area and the vast sweep of Southern Italy which it's difficult to imagine as (along with most of Basilicata, much of Calabria, Puglia and Sicily) was bordering on impoverished or quintessential simplicity at the very least on my first visit nearly half a century ago.

Nothing of that thankfully remains today. Southern Italy below Costa Amalfitana is yet in the beginnings of intense international discovery; before long some fit will probably be exposed to potential saturation in ways that for me crushed the heart of Assisi and Taormina in the last quarter century or so.

Similarly, when I first engaged the trulli, they were not essentially chic, quaint nor cute but survival mode fundamental. Pretty was not the first word that came to mind half a century ago, though the structures have always been timelessly fascinating,
Written June 5, 2016
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N7084CIpaulp
Bangkok, Thailand35 contributions
Sep 2019
Walk through historic old winding streets, sit at lovely restaurants for a delicious lunch of local food and wine and soak in the beautiful athmosphere of this truly magnificient town with imposing architecture. We had a fantastic lunch at ai Tre Santi restaurant after a slow walk through the town which capped off the morning. Highly recommended.
Written September 5, 2019
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Ezzo60+
High Wycombe, UK152 contributions
Apr 2019 • Couples
Parked the car for €1:20 for 4 hours just next to the information building at the top of the hill.
Collected our free map, signed their visitor book and explored the circular white medieval town.
Flowers on stairs, bicycles and ladders decorate this pretty and well maintained town. A real living medieval town.
Nice cafes too.
Written April 18, 2019
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bolis65
Europe46 contributions
Sep 2018
Locorotondo, the city with th 5 O's ... It's it such a charming old city. Situated on a hill overlooking a beautful landscape south in Italy. Only aprox 9 km from the more famous Alberobello known as the city of trullys.
The old town of Locorotondo is a beautiful town with whitewashed houses and very narrow streets. In the evening all restaurants move out into the streets and the lights and the athmosphere is so fantastic. And the food and wine soo good all over the place. So if you plan to go south in Italy, the area in and around Locorotondo is really worth a visit.
Written December 31, 2018
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JNAINNYC
New York City, NY74 contributions
Dec 2018 • Couples
Just beautiful. Lovely village with narrow winding streets--perfect for exploring. Very romantic and quaint.
Written December 17, 2018
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robinashley
Sheffield, UK3 contributions
Oct 2018 • Couples
Lovely place interesting but a little difficult to navigate. Good restaurants fabulous church and great rampart views over the surrounding countryside
Written October 7, 2018
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Bert66
489 contributions
Jul 2018 • Couples
The old part of Locorotondo is classic Italian. A whitewashed labyrinth of small alleys, wonderful flower boxes and small and tempting eateries. The Centro is small and far less tourist oriented than neighbouring Alberobello but if you are in the area then the extra distance is well worth it and if you are thinking of staying at in the area then it may be a cheaper ( better ) option to Alberobello ? There are some nice views of Trulli homes 'in situ' from the Central Park but the town itself of is not like Alberobello.

It is the next stop on the same train line as Alberobello. Very different architecturally but, for me, as endearing. You can easily do both in one day.
Note : Castelanna and Martina Franca - well worth a look too -and are also on the same train line so you may want to add either/both if doing a day trip ( though we didn't go to either this time ) The trains are frequent enough to plan 'hop on, hop off'.

By train - don't try this on Sunday!

The train is excruciatingly slow ( at least 1 + 1/2 hrs if you are lucky for the 60km - it was 2hrs each way for us given various issues either way ). It will cost about €5.60 each way.
The train is the one destined for Martina Franca. It's not on the departure boards as you enter the station proper. The train leaves from the South east line ( Sud Est ) platform at Bari Centrale - this is the platform farthest away from the entrance - you can buy a ticket at the platform ( go down the pedestrian subway under the tracks and it's the second last one right).

The journey does have some benefits as you will take in sights of rural life in the area - both past and present ) As you near Alberobello you will see the distinctive conical shaped rooves of the rustic stone farmers' huts standing guard in olive groves and orchards, bordered by ageless dry stone walls.
At the station turn right and then left at the main Street that crosses over the train line - head uphill turning right when you get to the plaza with the large Municipal building to get to the older part of town.
Written July 12, 2018
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lolek99
Krakow, Poland4 contributions
Nov 2017 • Family
if you do not have time to visit all the towns in the valley -Cisternino, Martina Franca, alborebelo..- choose this one ! It was for us the best !
Written November 5, 2017
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