The “Scamiciata” is the historical commemoration in memory of the victory over the Turks June 2, 1678. On this day, in fact, after years or centuries of raids turchesche suffered, the Fasanesi finally defeated the Turks in a pitched battle under the walls of the City. In memory and celebration of that victory, in past centuries, it was organizing a ” popular tournament ” on the feast of Our Lady of the Well Faceto, according to a precise ritual. Today, however, there is the historical procession to commemorate the triumph of Fasanesi, with flag-waving, trumpets, drums, vintage clothes and the representation of the struggle town.
Directed by Romeo Conte. Since 2010 Fasano is home to the Film Festival , which takes place the last week of July. The festival takes place as Piazza Ciaia Fasano, La Casina Municipale of Selva di Fasano, Savelletri and Borgo Egnazia. The festival makes a stop in Fasano with movies Comedy Short Films dedicated to the environment and then continue with the steps of Ostuni, Carovigno and San Vito dei Normanni.
Polignano a Mare, the birthplace of the Italian singer Domenico Modugno, is located about thirty kilometers from the capital Pugliese. Given the strategic location of his town overlooking the sea, has always been considered a gateway to the Mediterranean and the East. It is, in fact, an important commercial crossroads and a meeting point of different cultures. In urban structures are traces of the Arab, Byzantine, Spanish and Norman.
Polignano offers a crystal sea of varied hues, twelve kilometers of coast and numerous caves dug into the rocks: for these reasons is defined by tourists as the “Pearl of the Adriatic”. The seascape of the town is characterized by small inlets and caves accessible by boat, often linked with the basements of the houses above. Of particular interest, scientific as well as tourism, are the seabed of the sea that stretches in front of the town, a popular destination by divers and diving enthusiasts.
The fertile countryside of the town is characterized by the presence of blades, covered by the classic Mediterranean vegetation and the presence of numerous archaeological sites.
Monopoly is spread along the Adriatic coast. His land is flat, with the exception of the ” Loggia del Pilato “, a terrace, overlooking the plains below. The overlooking the beautiful sea, marked with a blue sail on the Blue Guide of Legambiente, is characterized by 25 sandy beaches spread over an area of 13 km. The agricultural land is divided into 99 districts marked by the presence of fortified farms, churches, rock dwellings and villas; the predominant crops are olives, almonds, fruit trees and vegetable crops.
The symbol of the city is the castle of Charles V, a fortification of Aragonese built on a former Benedictine monastery, restored defensive purposes by Charles V, and currently used for exhibitions and conferences. The old town is still surrounded by well-preserved remains of the city walls.
The fortified farms of its territory, which continue to this day in excellent condition and are positioned in the heart of the marina, in the low hills and plains. Three kilometers from the city, on the southern coast, meets Stephen, beautiful private home, former Benedictine abbey, founded in 1086 by Geoffrey of Altavilla.
The village lies at the crossroads of three provinces: Bari, to which he belongs, Taranto and Brindisi. Considered among the most beautiful villages in Italy, Locorotondo was awarded the Orange Flag by the Italian Touring Club. The village is located in the Itria Valley, on a plateau 410 meters above sea level, at the south-east of the Murgia of Trulli.
The charm of Ostuni is related to the characteristic white walls of the houses of his old village. All the houses in the historic fact are only painted white with lime paint. Thanks to this feature, Ostuni is known as the “white city “, but also has other names, the “queen of the olive trees” and the “city crib”. To visit the old town is all that the “earth”, to distinguish it from the more recent “Marina”, which is presented as a set of old buildings coated in white limestone built on each other. At the center of the old town stands the cathedral of Ostuni, style is difficult to classify, but due to a tradition Gothic-Romanesque in Puglia find other examples. Do not miss the portal of the church of the Holy Spirit, dating back to 1450 now recognized as a national monument.
Other attractions in Ostuni are the 17 kilometers of beaches alternating sandy coves, cliffs, pebble beaches and dunes covered in Mediterranean maquis. The coast is also home to a nature reserve in Lido Morelli.
The town of Cisternino overlooks the beautiful Itria Valley, known for the presence of trulli, cultivated fields, olive trees and stone walls. Inhabited since the Upper Paleolithic, the foundation of Cisternino was due to legend Sturnoi, companion of Diomedes. After taking part in the Messapic League against Taranto, became a Roman town called Sturninum, probably destroyed in 216 BC during Hannibal’s raids in Apulia.
The Basilian monks, who came from the VIII century, noted in these parts the ruins of the city center and they told when to localize the greek rite abbey they had built where the church stands matrix, indicated as “San Nicolò cis-Sturninum “, hence the current name of the city.
Zoo Safari Fasanolandia is one of the most important natural parks with attractions. The Zoo Safari is born as animal park, and over the years has focused increasingly on the mechanical attractions. The number of animals inside the park is quite high. There are several paths you can take: the pedestrian, the one in your car or by train Metrozoo. The train runs Metrozoo oases of bears and panthers. Very interesting is the visit to the dolphinarium, the reptile zoo and aquarium. Also worth seeing is the room in which bird birds move in complete freedom. The space on which extends the entire structure is 140 hectares.
The water park in the resort section of Monopoli stretches in 6 hectares in which there are a large square, with natural parks, self service, wave pool, children’s area, water games with slides but also music, gymnastics and services entertainment of various kinds, a lagoon with spaces nursery and a whirlpool.
The San Domenico Golf Course is on the border between the ancient city of Egnatia (V century b.C.) And the harbor of Savelletri. The path extends between the Adriatic Sea, the cultivated fields and olive groves: a challenging golf course with 18 holes. Known by European architects of the sector (European Golf Design), the course measures over 6200 meters (6813 Yards), has a par of 72 and has been built to the highest standard with the greens meet the specifications of the USGA.
The wind will play a significant role during the challenge, combined with strategic bunkering, the well-structured and well thought-green fairways.
Olive trees, vines, myrtle, sage and thyme are among the plants typical of our region that ensure the golf course retains a local identity.
Castellana is located in the hinterland of the province of Bari, 290 meters from sea level, on the edge of a karst valley closed. Characterized by a kind of economy on agriculture and industry, has its tourist caves, cave complex of international fame a short walk from the town, explored for the first time in 1938 by Franco Anelli. The caves are a set of caves and tunnels that branch into the ground for over 2 km, offering visitors a unique environment. New tracks, discovered in 1982, are now intended only for scientific research.
Alberobello is located in the south- eastern province of Bari, near Castellana Grotte, Locorotondo and Putignano. The town was founded in the fifteenth century by Acquaviva-D’Aragona, counts of Conversano, in an area occupied by a forest of oaks. Characteristic of Alberobello are the trulli, houses built with dry stone, base painted in quicklime and cone-shaped roof made up of stone. Alberobello is the only center to preserve the historic core composed entirely of trulli. Internally, the trulli have a square central compartment, communicating via arches with the other rooms of the house. Many of the trulli in the historic center can be visited.
The trulli highest in the country, called Sovereign Trullo, has two floors and houses a museum. The conical roofs are often embellished with decorations of various shapes drawn with milk of lime, depicting zodiac symbols or religious. In 1996 the town of Alberobello, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Torre Canne is a seaside resort with beaches of fine white sand (since 2006 is part of the Park of the Coastal Dunes), surrounded by olive trees and characterized by the white color of the houses of the town center. The beaches are equipped and used by a variety of loyal clientele. In the surrounding countryside you can visit the farms surrounded by olive groves, fortified over the years and very well preserved. In Torre Canne you can enjoy a long beach with, behind the big dunes, the typical environment of the Mediterranean scrub and wetlands. Torre Canne is known for its healing spa; knowledge of the healing properties of the Torre Canne dates back more than a century ago; with such water you can make such treatments mud therapy and balneotherapy. Symbol of the fraction is the lighthouse that blinks at the coast, the cliffs and across the sea. Lovers of good food can be satisfied in the many excellent restaurants ranging from the flavor of the most valuable fish in the simple taste of curly open and enjoyed the sea. The cuisine of Torre Canne, like that of Puglia, is mainly characterized by the prominence given to the raw material, both land and sea, and the fact that all the ingredients are precisely aimed to enhance and preserve aromas base products used. Among the specialties of Torre Canne there are the Queen Tomato and Grilled Octopus roasted. The octopus, expertly roasted on the grill, it can be enjoyed in a sandwich as a real “hot dog” of the sea.
Savelletri, seaside resort with beaches especially public with cliffs and sand , is a resort residence and most popular of the township. The cliff of Savelletri is dotted with small bays with fine sand and clear water. A Savelletri olive trees almost lapping the beach and the reef shows its beauty with the succession of bays that offer a natural environment intact. Savelletri is best known for its characteristic small fishing port, equipped with headlights and taillights, with about 300 berths to the singularity of its coast to the north, characterized by the presence of ancient buildings on the cliff, near the sea, called “White Houses”, the many fish shops, various restaurants that overlook the cliffs, the golf course to 18 holes and the Archaeological Park of Egnatia. In summer, every Sunday evening is set up the weekly market. It is home to the Delegation of Beach of the Port of Brindisi, with offices located on Highway Appia Savelletri-Torre Canne, in the immediate vicinity of the town; its marina, moreover, only in the summer, is provided, within the harbor, a pier about 50 meters for mooring of pleasure craft, awarded to the Italian Naval League.
In the town of Fasano you can see the remains of an ancient city messapica, or the people of Peucezi. Documents related to this town can also be found in the writings of Strabo, Pliny and Horace. Egnatia is today one of the most important archaeological sites in Puglia. Due to numerous looting most of the finds have been sold on the black market, depriving students of important evidence for the reconstruction of the local history. Archaeological excavations real began in the early twentieth century, while the establishment of the Museum. Messapica era in Egnatia preserved defensive walls and the necropolis. Many of the tombs are richly decorated with frescoes. You can trace the history of the place through four meters of layers, to a period that goes from the Iron Age to the settlements of age greek-roman. Egnatia is interesting especially in urban planning.
The rock dwellings are an important example of that particular way of living: “living in a cave”, which marked the beginning of the eleventh century. The phenomenon of living in the cave remains, in our territory, until the fourteenth or fifteenth century. Simultaneously with the houses that were building up sub divo and represents a real peculiarity of our territory. Gradually abandoning Egnatia, now in ruins because of the invasions have occurred after the fall of the Roman Empire, the people moving within , where the flow of ancient rivers, engraved in the limestone depressions of the land called “lame”. The walls of the blades, the soft tufa stone, allow to dig out entire villages with caves used to homes and animal shelters, places dedicated to agricultural activities, mills and beautiful crypts decorated with Byzantine frescoes.
Among the most important settlements in Fasano we must mention that of Lama d’Antico, near the train station, which is the largest, with a beautiful church-crypt with two aisles, the settlements of San Lorenzo and San Giovanni near the district Scanzossa, that of San Francesco in the vicinity of the farm of the same name and the crypt of St. Vigil in the blade of Masseria Abbaterisi.
The Temple of Seppannibale is one of the most important archaeological and architectural Fasano. At one time the temple was known as St. Peter Veteran. The structure was present in the area before the year one thousand. Various influences are derived from the greek world and the Byzantine, found chiefly in the architectural style. The building is to plant almost perfectly square, of reduced dimensions. The building material is mainly the local tuff, cut into large blocks. The two entrances to the property sites along the main facade and on the north side of the building. Almost all single windows that opened along the side walls were walled. The apse is completely collapsed. The interior space of the monument is divided into three naves. Two small drums topped by domes are present at the sides of the nave. The origins of the internal environment of Temple Sappannibale was completely decorated with frescoes; today you can see only traces of these frescoes.
The Dolmen of Montalbano, also known as La Tavola dei Paladini, situated in the homonymous village Fasano, whose territory is crossed by numerous morphologically torrential incisions called Lame. In these places that developed the ancient civilization preistoirica and Dolmen is the proof par excellence. The monument, presumably erected in the Bronze Age (then between 2000 and 1500 BC), is an important witness to the “megalithic civilization” and is preserved almost intact despite the ravages of time and vandals. On the function of the monument have been formulated several hypotheses, the most likely think that gives the Dolmen value of sacrificial altar, which testifies to the presence of the cult of the dead in the territory.
Despite being a short distance from the border Ostuni, the ancient structure insists territory Fasano.
The Minaret of Fasano is a historic building of the most interesting of Fasano. The monument is an example of eclectic architecture near the Selva di Fasano. The designer of the structure was Damaso Bianchi in 1918. The Minaret was born to be a residential villa, perfect example of building in east style with a tower that dominates the whole landscape. The origins of the minaret at the architectural level are to be found on a trip in the Islamic countries of the architect. For the construction of the monument was used labor from Africa. Even the materials used have oriental origins. The structure was used as a private residence that summer as the site used in the study and cultural exchange. At times when the building was full the homeowner lit on top of a lighthouse, a symbol of the light of culture. For a time the monument has also hosted a school of weaving directed by Benedetta Tangari, to study the correlation between the Eastern culture with that of the High Salento.
The territory of Fasano is known for its many estates. The structure of the farm is a symbol geographical and economic organization closely linked to large estates. The estates were basically of large farms which found its way into the home of the landowner, housing for farmers and local service.
The estates were born around the seventh century and gradually developed as real autonomous fortified structures.
With the passage of time is also recorded alongside the religious orders. Generally the internal churches to Farms are real jewels of architecture and local art. Most of them are expertly decorated and painted. Each farm is unique in its kind, organized according to its functions and geographical territory. Among the estates of the territory Fasano must remember Masseria Ottava Grande, Masseria San Domenico and Masseria Sant’Angelo De’ Grecis.
The Colonial S. Angelo de’ Graecis, from the first core from the XI-XII sec., it belonged to the Benedictine. Since 1693 became annuity of Cardinal Giuseppe Renato Imperiale who built the church dedicated to the cult of St. Michael the Archangel. In fact, however, the church in the popular devotion was always referred to as “San Lorenzo”, already present in the neighboring crypt cult rock. Since 1798, the farm is owned by the family Colucci-Beloved, that inside the old mill has set up a small but interesting museum of olive oil ,with machinery, tools and objects that tell the story of the production of oil in this company that, with its 60 hectares of olive groves, has always been linked to this ancient activity.
The resort is located on the pre-Murgia, an area of high hill which is a prelude to the plateau of Puglia: the name of Selva derives more natural-looking of these places. From its altitude la Selva overlooking the territory of the trulli, the Apulian typical houses, but also the town of the hamlet has many of these buildings, combined with elegant villas. Vigne, geometries of stone walls and cones fairy Trulli, characterize the landscape of the Forest and the other two hilly hamlets Laureto and Canale di Pirro. The share of natural Selva di Fasano is over 400 meters high above sea level, maximum altitude of the province of Brindisi. Of particular note is the Church in the form of large trullo Viale Toledo and, on the same Avenue, the Casina Municipale, venue for exhibitions, cultural events and meetings for the delivery of literary awards, especially during the summer; among them is the show of Fasano, which takes place, from just under sixty years (except for a brief interruption), during the month of August and lasting just under a month. Via Salita Della Selva di Fasano exists the Botanic Park San Donato (Patron Saint that is celebrated on August 6 at the rock church), located upstream of the homonymous ravine, at which you reach by following the directions of the SIT – Territorial Information System; it is a green area in which there are all the essences typical of the Mediterranean.
Predominantly hilly village resort about four kilometers from Fasano, cut off the road to Martina Franca and Taranto. The landscape is characterized by vineyards and trulli. It is situated on a height of about 380 m In the territory of the village there is a natural cave of Monte Revolt where annually by the Committee “Star on the cave”, are held on the occasion of the holiday season a great comet made with electric lights, visible from many miles away, and a artistic crib.
A small village immersed in the Green Hills locals with a core group consisting of a church, a fountain and many trulli to form a framework which the of Fasano culture alive through a series of initiatives like the bonfires of St. Joseph, ecological walks, the Christmas cribs. at the entrance to the village and a table, on which there is an image of an ancient map of the territory dates back to the eighteenth centuryHe recalls how Chance has been one of the earliest inhabited reality host of trulli.
The historic center of Fasano is one of the most evocative of the Apulian town. Known in dialect as U’mbracchie (in Italian means shadow), is characterized by the whitewashed streets, where the sun can not beat strong, ensuring a pleasant coolness throughout the day. The many churches that overlook the streets of the old town give their contribution to the beautiful scenery of the place. The houses are all colors with white lime, characteristic of most of the historical centers of the area.
Must see is Piazza Ciaia whose main courses are covered in local stone. The various buildings overlooking the square are the real jewels of architecture. From the center of Fasano, along the scenic walking trails, you can get to the Tower of Fogge, single tower of the ancient wall which can still be seen today.
There are many historical buildings, private property, which characterize the historic center. Of particular value is the Palace of the Bailiff, now the Town Hall, which is located between Piazza Ciaia and the Church of Saint Anthony. Residence of Bailiff of the Knights of Malta was then the headquarters of the military garrison. In particular, the building had been built in 1589, when the Bailiff Avogrado restored it making it very impressive in the urban era because of its size, the lobby, the arches, domes and church below.
The Museum of the House to Fasano is one of the most important museums of Fasano. The Museum is in a typical living quarters of the old town of Fasano. Inside you can admire the objects and daily utensils once used to Fasano. The house that houses the Museum of the House to Fasanese dates back to the sixteenth century. With time was incorporated inside the Palace Pezzolla. The various demolitions that have affected buildings on the Old Market Square have fortunately kept integrates this structure. The House Museum Fasanese was opened to the public in 2011. The interior is developed in a room, which is accessed directly from the outside, a room used as a night rest area of the parents, a dressing room and a mezzanine for offspring. There were no doors to separate the rooms, but seeks. The historic building is defined by the fact that it complies with the socio-cultural trends of a major slice of the inhabitants of the south, in older ages.
The Church of St. Francis of Paola di Fasano is one of the most interesting monuments of the Apulian town. The church was built in the seventeenth century. The construction work was completed in 1683; a first extension dates back to 1740, when the monument underwent a major restoration. According to legend, the Church of St. Francis of Paola was commissioned by Leonardo Carrieri, Fasano soldier who made a vow to the saint to escape death. In the main facade there is a stone statue of St. Francis of Paola. The interior of the monument sacred develops anavata unique. There is a transept and the side chapels. The main altar bears the dedication to the Virgin of La Salette. A wooden canopy and an organ pipes are near the entrance. The paintings are on the dome of the twentieth century; in eight segments are depicted the Beatitudes. The four spandrels bear the images of the Evangelists. The adjoining convent, now used for other purposes, bears an interesting cloister.
The Church of St. John the Baptist of Fasano is one of the most interesting monuments of the Apulian town. The Church was built on a previous temple, demolished in the fourteenth century to make way for a larger building. The opening worship occurred in the seventeenth century, after a long period of work and rework. Interesting is the bell tower with a square base , built in the Baroque style of project Magaletti. The crowning “onion” of the bell tower was destroyed by lightning in 1897. The project for the reconstruction involved the construction of a larger structure, never completed. The exterior facade of the monument was made of tufa , in late Renaissance style. A statue of St. John the Baptist surmounts the eardrum. The interior of the sacred building is divided into three naves. Very interesting are the frescoes on the ceiling of the nave and paintings of the XIX century by local artists. The presbytery you can admire the Chapel, which contains the organ pipes and a statue of the Madonna del Pozzo. Under the marble floor are the remains of the ancient cemetery. The Church of St. John the Baptist was last modified in the seventies of the last century, to adapt the structure to the directives of Vatican II.
Among the most interesting monuments in Fasano is the Church of Saint Anthony, which was built in the seventeenth century with the adjoining convent of the Observant Franciscans. The Church , as we can admire it today, is the result of alterations in the eighteenth century. At the close of some parts of the church collapsed; the reconstruction work lasted two years. Meanwhile, the structure of the monastery had ceased trading, after the provisions of the Kingdom of Italy, which required the removal of some religious orders. The convent was used to house an elementary school, while the church was taken over by the Confraternity of the Immaculate. During the last century the monument has undergone significant changes, including several works of expansion. Of recognized interest is the cloister of the Friars Minor, opened on the occasion of cultural events in the city. Unfortunately, the Church of Saint Anthony does not preserve the original aspect: several changes were made in the course of the centuries in the structure.