Affacciato sulla Valle d’Itria, Piccolo, bello e attivissimo. È il Comune di Cisternino, in provincia di Brindisi, . Comune Bandiera arancione del Touring Club, ma anche Gioiello d’Italia, Borgo più bello d’Italia, Città Slow, Comune Bandiera Verde Agricoltura. Insomma, una comunità e un territorio con al petto le medaglie più belle che premiano le sue qualità turistico ambientali, l’autenticità dei suoi luoghi, la genuinità e varietà dei suoi prodotti tipici e delle sue tradizioni gastronomiche, l’impegno a favore dell’agricoltura e per il recupero e la valorizzazione del patrimonio rurale.
The tower of the Great Gate and Norman-Swabian, on top of which stands the statue of St. Nicholas, was the main entrance to one of the most beautiful villages in Italy.
In the historical center you can admire the historic houses, from the palace of the governor, a beautiful example of the Baroque in Puglia, the sixteenth-century bishop's palace, the Palazzo Amati Palace Lagravinese, up to Palazzo Ricci-Capece with the Tower of the Wind.
Later check the convent of the Capuchin monks with the church of St. Anthony, the church of San Quirico and the Matrix dedicated to St. Nicholas of Patara, built in the fourteenth century on an early Christian church.
On Easter Monday, the population goes to the Sanctuary of the Madonna of Hibernia, archaeological site with Roman and medieval remains, bringing with them "u chrruchl", a sweet from the propitiatory value-shaped handbag with two boiled eggs for men and shaped doll with an egg in the womb for women.
For three days Cisternino become the capital of the Mediterranean's most beautiful villages.
"Most Beautiful Villages" of the Mediterranean. Objective of this prestigious meeting is to coordinate the creation of national networks that enhance the beauty and typical of small historic towns, landscapes, cultural traditions, social and food and wine through the enhancement and promotion of the distinctive elements and identity of these small and extraordinary reality.
The Puglia Region has a significant role in the territorial heritage, in key process not only tourist and cultural, but also as an instrument for intercultural dialogue between the countries of the Mediterranean basin on key issues such as peace and sustainable development. Villages are the guardians of values and identity fungible represent a formula of life in which man is reconciled in everyday life with time and space. The beauty that characterizes these identities nourishes hope that harmony can characterize a possible future. All of us the task of preserving as much value.