FASANO

Place to visit

Savelletri

Sea place characterized by public and private beaches with bluffs and sand. The coast of Savelletri is known for the crystalline water, for the characteristic dock and for the peculiarity of its shore, among ancient constructions on the bluff and secular olive trees.

 
 
 

Torre Canne

Seaside location with beaches of thin and white sand that forms part of the Regional Natural Park Dune Costiere. Also known for the presence of the thermal baths and the relative treatments health and wellness.

 
 
 

Selva of Fasano

Hilly landscape situated at around 420 meters high on the level of the sea and characterized by natural flora, moderate climate and particularly healthy air. From the top of its hills overlooks the territory of trulli and caves, offering many scenic views.

 
 
 

Zoosafari – Fasanolandia

It is a tourist and cultural complex that includes a zoological garden and an amusement park. Zoosafari is a natural park of 140 hectares, among the widest of Europe, that entertains an elevated number of animal kind, where it is possible to admire lions, tigers, elephants, giraffes, zebras, bears, flamingos, reptiles, dolphins and many other species. You can observe the several varieties of animals from a close distance using your own vehicle (car, camper or bus), the Metrozoo (panoramic trein on rails), or on foot crossing the pedestrian area. Fasanolandia, instead, is an amusement park with numerous attractions, for adults and children.
With family or friends, you will live an unforgettable experience. The fun is insured.

 
 
 

Archaeological park of Egnazia

Located in a fascinating naturalistic context among olive trees, farms and crystalline sea, is one of the most interesting archaeological parks of Puglia. The archaeological site testifies the history of Egnazia, inhabited since the XV century B.C. and known for its privileged geographical position. Thanks to the presence of the dock and the via Traiana, it was a strategic commercial port between West and East. A whole outdoor ancient city that shows the rests of residences, buildings of cult and monuments of Roman age, mighty wall of defense and necropolis.
Adjacent to the site, out of the walls, there is the Archaeological Museum where numerous finds are exposed.

 
 
 

Masserie

The territory of Fasano is known for its numerous Masserie, a symbolic structure of the geographical and economic organization connected to the latifundium. The Masserie were great agricultural firms where were the residence of the land owner, the lodgings for the farmers and the places of service, born around the VII century and become with time real strengthened autonomous structures. Every Masseria is unique in its kind, organized according to its functions and the geographical conformation of the territory. Among the most important asserie there ere St. Domenico, Sant’Angelo De’ Grecis, Ottava Grande, Maccarone and Torre Coccaro.

 
 
 

Rupestrian settlements

Are an important example of “life in a cave”, a way to live that marked the beginning of the XI century. Gradually abandoning Egnazia, demolished by the invasions succeeded after the fall of the Roman empire, the populations moved to the inside, where the flow of ancient rivers engraved the calcareous rock the subsidences of the ground, called “lame”. The walls of the “lame”, made of tender tufo, allowed to dig whole villages with caves turned to residences, refuges of animals, places devoted to agricultural activities, mills and beautiful decorated crypts with Byzantine frescos. Among the most important installations there is the cave park Lama d’Antico, near the railway station of Fasano, that is the greatest, with a beautiful church-crypt with two aisles.

 
 
 

Dolmen of Montalbano

known also as “The Paladins Table”, it is an important testimony of the “megalitic civilization ” probably erect in the age of Bronze, between 2000 and 1500 B.C. About its functions and purpose have been elaborate different hypotheses connected to magic or religious rites, to astronomic observations or to the cult of corpses. According to one of the most accredited readings the dolmens were sacrificial altars. For other researchers they were rudimentary, but imposing instead, sepulchral constructions.

 
 
 

Little temple of Seppannibale

It is an ancient religious building that represents one of the most important archaeological and architectural finds of Fasano. Entirely realized in local tufo, it is characterized by a quadrangular plant with three aisles, with two little domes. The inside of the structure, at first completely decorated to fresco, preserves some traces of the ancient mural.

 
 
 

Minareto

building of eclectic architecture influenced by the Moorish style, a type of Islamic art, built in 1912 on the hills of the Selva di Fasano by Damaso Bianchi, artist and nobleman from Fasano. Built as summer residence where to entertain the intellectuals and artists of the period. It represents the perfect reproduction of an oriental construction with terraces and a high tower-minareto that offers a suggestive panorama, with a beautiful view on the whole landscape.

 
 
 

Museum of the olive oil

among apulian enogastronomic excellences detaches the olive oil. The eighteenth-century trappeto of Masseria Sant’Angelo de Graecis, known also as San Lorenzo Abbey, hosts to its inside an interesting museum, where you can admire the ancient tools that tell the history of oil production: the great millstone, the swimming pools to deposit the fruit of the pressing, the fiscolis, the frangisansas and the great wooden presses places on the sides of the central corridor.
A dive in the ancient apulian tradition of the olive oil production.

 
 
 

Matrice Church

Devoted to the holy patron St. John the Baptist, it is situated in the heart of the old city. Opened to the cult in 1600, after a long period of works and remakings, the church introduces a walled headstone on the lintel of the central door, in memory of the contribution of the clergy and the people of Fasano. The external façade is in local tufo and on late Renaissance style, valorized by columns, niches and a rose window, masterpiece of handicraft sculpture and rich of decorations. The bell tower has a square base, built in Baroque style. The inside of the sacred building develops in three aisles with floor in marble, canvas of local artists and fresco on the vault of the central aisle. The presbytery is overhung by the stately cappellone, that hosts the statue of the Madonna of the Well and the pipe organ.

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Place to visit

Monopoli

Town with an historical center of medieval origin, overlapped to the rests of messapic constructions of the V century B.C, is known for the tall walls that look out the sea, the “calette” of sand and sea caves, the numerous “contrade” (around 100) characterized by suggestive ancient constructions, for the castle Charles V and for the churches of the ancient suburb, among which it detaches the stately Basilica Cattedrale.

 
 
 

Polignano

Splendid medieval suburb castled on a line of tall and jagged coast. Polignano is fascinating for the vicolettis full of poetry with their typical white houses, the terraces on the edge of the sea that offer stunning, the caves dug in the rock and the crystalline sea. Not to be missed are the caletta Lama Monachile, the statue of Domenico Modugno and the sea caves among which it detaches the fascinating Cave Palazzese.

 
 
 

Alberobello

City famous for its characteristic houses called trulli, typical of the rural tradition of the Valle d’Itria. The trullo is a type of conical construction in traditional dry stone from central-southern Puglia. The trullo buildings in Puglia and in particular the trulli of Alberobello have been declared World Heritage by UNESCO since 1996.
Visiting Alberobello is like taking a trip to a timeless country.

 
 
 

Ostuni

Said the “white city” for the characteristic coloration with mortar painting of the ancient village. The historical center is characterized by tight alleys, numerous stairways wound by an ancient historical charm, enchanting piazzette and panoramic views. To visit the fifteenth-century Cathedral with a façade of late Gothic forms, situated in the heart of the historical center. Typical of the countries, instead, is the intense presence of masserie.

 
 
 

Cisternino

It leans out on the magnificent Valley of Itria, in the so-called Murgia of trullis, known for the presence of trulli, secular olive trees, countries and dry stone walls. Among the places symbol of Cisternino detaches Vittorio Emanuele III Plaza with its beautiful Tower of the clock, absorbed in the authentic atmospheres of the districts characterized by alleys, loggias, arcs and stairways.

 
 
 

Locorotondo

Village castled on a highland in the south-oriental area of the Murgia of trullis, in the heart of the Valley of Itria. The name of the town points out the circular form of the ancient center, risen around the year thousand, typical for the white houses with sloping roofs called “Cummerse”, the balconies rich of flowers and aromatic plants that colour the alleys of the historical center and the bell towers.
Place known also for its good wine.

 
 
 

Oasis of Torre Guaceto

It is a natural reserve that gives an explosion of colors among bays, dunes, ponds and crystalline sea. The protected sea area of Torre Guaceto offers calette of thin sand and beaches, free or organised, that are undoubtedly among the most beautiful of Puglia. It is possible to discover the reserve through underwater excursions, bike trekking, simple walks or sailing courses, catamaran and windserf.

 
 
 

Castellana Grotte

Known above all for the Caves, a spectacular complex of underground hollows of carsic origin, developed for a length of 3348 meters and that reaches a maximum depth of 122 meters from the surface. The beauty of the Caves of Castellana calls visitors from the whole world, that can enjoy an extraordinary driven excursion in an amazing scenery among caverns, canyon, deep abysses, fossils, concretions, stalactites and stalagmites.

 
 
 

Martina Franca

It is a fourteenth-century town known for the Baroque architecture of its buildings. Among the principal places of interest there are XX September square, the Ducal Building, the Basilica of S. Martin and Cavour street. To visit, the Wood of Pianelle that represents a fantastic natural reserve where it is possible to appreciate the typical flora and fauna of the territory.

 
 
 

Bari

Enchanting apulian capital, characterized in the north north from “Bari vecchia”, an hypnotic historical center, in the south from the elegant district “murattiano”, heart of the modern city. Among the principal attractions of the city there are the suggestive historical center, the magical atmosphere of the waterfront, the guided tour of the underground Bari, to visit the city from a special perspective, the Basilica of St. Nicholas, the Cathedral of St. Sabino, the Swabian Castle , the Petruzzelli Theater and the Theater Piccinni.

 
 
 

Brindisi

Known since the time of Romans as “Door of east” for its natural harbour that records important tourist and merchant connections. Historical symbol of the town are the Roman Columns, place where finished the Street Appia that connected Rome to Brindisi. To visit the Aragonese Castle situated on the islet of Saint Andrew also said ‘Forte a mare’, the Swabian Castle and Piazza Duomo with the relative eighteenth-century church, the Loggia Balsamo and the Archaeological Museum.

 
 
 

Lecce

City of art where the ancient messapian origins and the archaeological rests of the Roman domination are mixed to the wealth and exuberance of the Baroque style, of churches and palaces of the center, built leccese stone , a malleable limestone perfect for the workmanship with the chisel, that has made the buildings of Lecce real works of art. All this is confirmed by the beauty of the façade of the Basilica di santa Croce, the enchanting Sant’Oronzo Plaza in which are found the Roman amphitheater and the column of Sant’Oronzo, the Charles V Castle surrounded from walls and bastions and the splendid Cathedral of Maria Santissima Assunta that dominates Piazza Duomo.

 
 
 

Matera

Elected European Capital of Culture 2019, is known all over the world for the “Sassi of Matera”, cavy constructions built in the natural caves of the Murgia Materana, declared in the 1993 World Patrimony of humanity from the Unesco. The fascinating landscape is constituted by the native urban nucleus, the Sassi of Matera that alternate primordial installations in cave with rocky churches, both from the surrounding context made of valleys, canyon and plateaus graven in time from the stream Gravina, reentering in the Park of the Murgia Materana.
Matera, magnetic place for the ability to surprise, conquest the visitors for its uniqueness.

 
 
 

ACTIVITIES AND EXPERIENCES TO LIVE

Zoosafari – Fasanolandia

It is a tourist and cultural complex that includes a zoological garden and an amusement park. Zoosafari is a natural park of 140 hectares, among the widest of Europe, that entertains an elevated number of animal kind, where it is possible to admire lions, tigers, elephants, giraffes, zebras, bears, flamingos, reptiles, dolphins and many other species. You can observe the several varieties of animals from a close distance using your own vehicle (car, camper or bus), the Metrozoo (panoramic trein on rails), or on foot crossing the pedestrian area. Fasanolandia, instead, is an amusement park with numerous attractions, for adults and children.
With family or friends, you will live an unforgettable experience. The fun is insured.

 
 
 

Waterpark Egnazia

It is a water park that offers numerous attractions including different types of waterslide, an enormous swimming pool that can contemporarily accomodate over 800 people, a swimming pool with various activities for children, a slow river and a swimming pool with artificial waves. Relax and fun are insured.

 
 
 

Bike Tour and enogastronomic experiences

No matter if you are alone, in couple, with family or friends, the best way to live the magic of Puglia is to discover its enchanting landscapes and centuries of history and culture. It is possible to personalize guided tours, rides with electric bikes and tastings to dive into traditions, to admire unique places and to taste the typical delicacies of this region.

 
 
 

Snorkeling

Swimming among the transparent and crystalline waters using mask and snorkel will make you live a unique experience, allowing you to admire the wonderful seabed.

 
 
 

Sports experiences

Among many practicable sporting activities in the surrounding territory, we recommend the followings:
– to play golf near St. Domenico Golf, a prestigious field with 18 holes that it leans out on the sea, among the best golf club of Italy, or among Tower Maizza, that offers an attractive field of 9 holes.
-Running by the sea or among the olive trees that characterize the countries of the area.
-Excursions by horse in naturalistic landscapes, organized by the equestrian Center Park of the Sea.
-Walking by bicycle among the manifold panoramic roads that offer enchanting sights.
-Courses of Kitesurf / Surf / Windsurf / Sup among the marvelous crystalline waters that bathe the coast, offered by different equipped beaches and particularly proper for the these activities.
-Tennis, to have a good time or to learn to practise this beautiful sport.

 
 
 

Courses of traditional apulian cooking

In many Masserie of the territory it is possible to attend at cooking class, to learn the typical apulian culinary traditions, discovering the secrets handed down through generations.