The historic center, which contains a small but suggestive Jewish ghetto, is full of ancient and interesting historical buildings as well as many local and commercial businesses.
Of great importance, are the numerous churches in Romanesque and Baroque style and in particular the Church of the Holy Trinity.
Manduria still preserves parts of its surrounding triple walls, known as the Messapic Walls, within an archaeological park that to date is considered one of the largest in Europe.
The park also contains a vast necropolis, a large moat, a small stone church, and an impressive underground cave which houses a spring water well known as the Fonte Pliniano.
The beautiful beaches of San Pietro in Bevagna, just 10 km from Manduria, are considered the Maldives of Southern Italy thanks to their white sand and crystalline sea, and make for wonderful enjoyment and scenery, especially during the summer months.
IT IS EVIDENT THAT THE GOD OF THE JEWS HAS NEVER SEEN APULIA OR CAPITANATA, OTHERWISE HE WOULD NOT HAVE GIVEN HIS PEOPLE PALESTINE AS THEIR PROMISED LAND.
Visiting Oria is like taking a plunge into the past retracing the Middle Ages through the many original elements preserved in its historical center. The Medieval character is also evident in the still present four “Rioni” or districts of the town whose residents participate in the annual historical parade and compete in the Tournament of the Rioni held every August, which is considered among the most important historical-medieval events of the South.
Worthy of note is the imposing Castello Svevo, former residence of Federico II, which is currently undergoing restoration and may soon be visited and usable.
Renowned tourist center in the province of Brindisi, Ostuni is also known as the "White City" thanks to its quaint old city center, a wonderful medieval village where all the streets, houses, stairs are entirely painted in white. A panoramic city par excellence, Ostuni stands on three hills of Valle d'Itria and is located just a few kilometers from the Adriatic coast.
The Provincial capital, which covers both Manduria and Taranto, is an ancient colony of Magna Graecia, and is known as the "City of the two seas" due to its geographical position spanning the Mar Grande and the Mar Piccolo. The extreme corner of the island on which the original village of the city stands is occupied by the majestic Aragonese Castle, presently property of the Italian Navy.
Taranto is also home to one of the most important Italian museum centers, the "Marta" National Archaeological Museum, which houses important finds from the prehistoric, Greek, Roman, Late Antiquity and Early Middle Ages. The section dedicated to the famous "Ori di Taranto" stands out for its precious jewels from the Magna Graecia period, including the marvelous "navicella earrings".
One of the main Italian cities of art, Lecce is the symbol of the union between the remnants of Roman domination and the richness and exuberance of the Baroque. The churches and the palaces of the center, built with the typical limestone of Lecce, are of extraordinary beauty. Worthy of special note are the Cathedral, in the central Piazza Duomo, the Basilica of Santa Croce and the Palazzo dei Celestini, one of the richest expressions of the Baroque style in Italy.