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Elegant town situated on one of the last southern hills of south-eastern Murgia, Martina Franca overlooks the charming Valle d’Itria, beautiful green expanse of white trulli. The main attraction of the city is without doubt the characteristic historic center, very charming and characteristic, that appears to visitors in a spectacular maze of narrow and charming streets, where you can see the splendid Baroque art which is crowned by the magnificent mansions valuable wrought iron balconies (to quote the Palazzo Ducale), delicious and ancient churches (Basilica di San Martino, patron saint of the city, and the church of San Domenico) and characteristic widening. Passing through the old access to the old center, including mention the arch of Santo Stefano, you can admire the monumental square towers and some barely visible inside the walls. Besides a fascinating landscape, marked by the ancient “casedde”, the famous Trulli and the typical local farms, valuable evidence of the industrial, Martina Franca is surrounded by a vast territory of karst caves. From its strategic position, the Ionian city offers to its visitors a fascinating insight into neighboring cities, beyond which lies the province of Brindisi and Bari and, further, the Adriatic Sea. Martina Franca also offers the chance to give their gaze towards lovely woods, such as enchanting Parco delle Pianelle, and into green landscapes in the south, surrounded by extensive cultivation of vines, little oasis of peace and tranquility for the tourists. Martina Franca is therefore a much sought after tourist destination, not only for its rich and valuable heritage architectural historian but also for its vibrant culture, which finds ultimate expression in the now famous and awaited Festival della Valle d’Itria that from 1975 has always been the pride of the city’s cultural, proposes new titles and programs rarely heard.