High up on a calceous ledge of the southeastern Murge Plateau, caressed by sea breezes from the nearby Adriatic, and within the ambience of the green countryside, Cisternino rises at an altitude of 1,289 ft. It reigns over the Itria Valley, a terrain rendered unique by its numerous trulli houses.
The characteristic historic center is made up of chalky-white homes and buildings, side streets and alleyways dotted with geraniums, arches, tiny colonnades, stone friezes and stairways. The village, already inhabited in Neolithic times, has seen a succession of Normanic-Swabian, Aragonese and Bourbon rule.The old city wall can still be seen, along with the two cylindrical towers built during the Anjou nomination - one of which is annexed to Palazzo Amati, the other to Palazzo Capece.
Visitors will find the Norman Tower, as well as the Chiesa Madre dedicated to San Nicola, and the airy Piazza Vittorio Emanuele with its beautiful Clock Tower, both lovely and intriguing. Then there are the four quarters of “Bère Vécchie,” “Scheledd,” “u Pantène,” and “L’ìsule,” the Church of the Martyr Saints Quirico and Giulietta, and that of Santa Maria Costantinopoli and the Sanctuary of the Madonna of Ibernia.
From the gastronomic standpoint, visitors will love the genuine cuisine: orecchiette pasta, sausage and salame, bombette or meat shish kebabs, and “gnummered,” a lamb specialty – all, of course, accompanied by a glass of good red wine and concluding with fruit and pasta reale, a dessert made with almonds and glazed sugar.