Martina Franca home to the Valle d'Itria Music Festival

Overlooking the Valle d'Itria, the town of Martina Franca is situated 500 metres above sea level, mid way between the Adriatic and Ionian Seas, ensuring that there are always fresh breezes even in the in the hight of summer. It is a verdant region with trees and cone shaped houses called "trulli". However the main attraction of the town is definitely the 'centro storico' a typical example of baroque art, with its smart streets, white lanes, elegant mansions and palazzi and its stately and monumental churches.

Until the reunification of Italy in 1861, Martina Franca was a fully walled town, with 24 towers and four gates. Although most of the towers have been demolished during the town's expansion the four Renaissance and Baroque gates still exist, effectively delineating the old town from the more modern 19th century part of town.

The tree-lined expanse of Piazza XX Settembre leads through the Porta di Santo Stefano (one of the four gates) into Piazza Roma, home to the impressive 17th century Palazzo Ducale (now used as the civic offices and also stage for the annual Valle d'Itria Festival). From here it is a short walk through the narrow streets to Piazza Plebiscito, the true heart of the town, the Basilica di San Martino.

Martina Franca is a popular area for visiting tourists, not only for its rich and precious architectural, historical and artistic heritage, but also for its cultural activities that culminate in the famous annual Valle d'Itria Festival.

Market day is on Wednesday mornings.

 

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Stunning villa with private pool, walking distance to town.

Stunning villa with private pool, walking distance to town.

Ref: 110113 | Villa Valeria | Martina Franca
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Perfect for large families or groups of friends wanting a luxurious stay in a large villa with a private pool and just a short walk into town. This magnificent...

£2,600 - £4,750
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Villa Ponderosa - Luxury villa with private pool in Puglia

Villa Ponderosa - Luxury villa with private pool in Puglia

Ref: 110090 | Villa Ponderosa | Martina Franca
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Immerse yourself in the countryside with stunning views of the Valley D’Itria situated up near the Acquedotto Pugliese, whilst enjoying all the comforts of Vill...

£1,145 - £1,695
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Trullo Il Grano, private pool, romantic and charming

Trullo Il Grano, private pool, romantic and charming

Ref: 110116 | Trullo Il Grano - a world away from where you are now | Martina Franca
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Experience a traditional Trullo restored by local artisans with all modern comforts, private pool, air-con and al fresco dining in the very lovely courtyard. P...

£995 - £1,500
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Villa with large pool and panoramic views of the surrounding countryside

Villa with large pool and panoramic views of the surrounding countryside

Ref: 110001 | Villa Bella Collina | Martina Franca
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Villa Bella Collina sits on top of a hill with panoramic views over the olive groves, vines and the famous trulli. The villa provides a wonderful setting to j...

£995 - £1,450
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Lovely Trullo with 3 bedrooms, private pool & air-con, 5 mins to town

Lovely Trullo with 3 bedrooms, private pool & air-con, 5 mins to town

Ref: 110077 | Trullo Iris | Martina Franca
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This lovely Trullo is a 7 cone trullo situated down a country lane on the outskirts of Martina Franca. Its spacious lounge and separate kitchen-diner, three bed...

£800 - £1,100
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