Apulia, Val d Itria, Martina Franca
Martina Franca has a unique setting, dominating the Valle d'Itria, known as the Valley of the Trulli with its vineyards, small groups of houses, dry stone walls and open countryside. The climate adds to the appeal, and, due to its position 400 meters above sea level, a wonderfully mild temperature throughout the summer months is guaranteed. It is conveniently located between the Ionic and Adriatic seas, both of which are within excursion distance.
The old town has the greatest tourist appeal, with its fabulous and completely intact baroque buildings. It is charming with small white houses, narrow lanes, wrought iron balconies covered in flowers, Palazzi and Churches, and monuments including the gateway Porta di St. Antonio, the Arch of St Stefano, Palazzo Ducale, the Collegiate of St Martino and the Palazzo of the University of Martina Franca.
The origins of Martina Franca are not sure, according to the local historians, the city origins date back to the X century, when a group of refugees, escaping from Taranto because of the Saracen's invasion, founded a little village on San Martino mountain.
Holiday rentals in Martina Franca, Hilltop Towns Italy.
Renting a villa, apartment or self catering accommodation in Martina Franca offers the opportunity for a splendid vacation around the Val d'Itria and Apulia