Visit Itria Valley near Otranto: trulli, oil and wine in the middle of Puglia
Itria Valley place-name is probably derived from Basilian Fathers oriental cult of the Madonna Odegitria (that is the Virgin Mary who shows the way), patron of wayfarers, which founded – using a natural shelter right in Itria Valley – a monastic site where a fresco portraying the Madonna Odegitria was found. Over the ruins of this medieval place of worship, located in Martina Franca, the Capuchin Monastery (in Italian: Convento dei Cappuccini) – which nowadays is an interesting tourist attraction – was built in 1545.
The main Itria Valley features are the following:
trulli, the typical ancient Apulian small round houses of stone with a conical roof;
a large amount of olives from which they obtain olive oil;
vineyards from which they obtain high quality white wine, such as Locorotondo DOC.