An attractive hilltop town in Puglia, in the land of the trulli
Locorotondo is a small town in the region of Puglia in southern Italy. It is situated between Martina Franca and Alberobello in the Valle d’Itria, a green stretch of countryside dotted with the famous whitewashed cone-roofed trulli houses.
It is officially one of the Borghi più belli d’Italia, the most beautiful villages in Italy. As well as its picturesque appearance the town is also known for its wine production. The town lies in the Province of Bari.
Locorotondo doesn’t really have any specific tourist attractions; the town itself is the main sight. It’s just a pleasant place to spend an hour or two wandering, taking photographs and sitting at cafe tables. Locorotondo, one of the most beautiful and cleanest towns in Italy, it is listed in the Guinness Book of Records.
The historic part of town – the storical center – is circular and perched on top of a hill. It’s a whitewashed maze of little lanes lined with historic buldings, some humble and faded, others retaining rather grand baroque archways and architectural details.
As well as the little rural trulli houses, which you can see outside Locorotondo, this area is also notable for another unusual type of building. These are houses with pointed gable roofs – uncommon in Italy – called cummerse. You’ll see whitewashed examples of these in Locorotondo’s tightly-packed storical center. It’s a pretty and well-cared-for borgo, with flower pots ornamenting external stone staircases and balconies.
There are a few churches to visit in Locorotondo. One of the most notable is the attractive Romanesque Chiesa della Madonna della Greca which dates to the twelfth or thirteenth century, and has a central rose window.
A panoramic street encircles part of the hilltop town centre, and offers great views over the Valle d’Itria. A patchwork of field, vineyard and olive grove is dotted with the cone-shaped roofs of trulli houses and farms.
Locorotondo hedges its bets with two patron saints. San Giorgio (St. George) is celebrated with a market fair on the 22nd and 23rd April, and San Rocco (St. Roch) is awarded a day of musical celebrations (called la Diana) finishing off with fireworks on the 16th August.
Locorotondo is known for its wine, which you’ll find in restaurants throughout the Puglia region. The principal wine produced locally is white.
Locorotondo DOC wine is one of the types of wine provided for by the denomination Locorotondo DOC, a DOC of the Puglia region. The specifications of the DOC denominations provide specific types of wine within them, which are characterized by their ampelographic composition, that is, by the vines allowed for their production, for the wine-making procedures and for the specific organoleptic characteristics of the wine.
The vines included in the composition of the Locorotondo DOC wine are Verdeca min.50%, Bianco di Alessano min.35%, others. The organoleptic characteristics of the Locorotondo DOC provide for a pale yellow, light yellow color, straw yellow with greenish reflections. The olfactory profile of the Locorotondo DOC wine is delicate, characteristic and on the palate it is dry, harmonious.