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Apulia Region



CONVERSANO enchanting stones that tell its history!
Conversano is the best location to visit this beautiful region in the south of Italy where it is possible to realize cultural programs, seaside stays, gastronomic tours including wine cellars visits.
Conversano, town of art and history, encompasses human genius in its beauty. Once called Norba, it was already inhabited in Paleolith times. It is, with its archaeological heritage, one of the greatest and most ancient town of the Peuceti (ancient native people). The ancient megalithic walls, some of which can still be seen, represent the origins and strength of a lively and dynamic town, that in the course of time was enriched with history and beautiful art and monuments.
Conversano, the dwelling place of the Earls, is a town full of noble palaces, churches, monasteries and works of art. In the main floor of the castle, the halls house the Painting Gallery.Churches and monasteries embellish the town centre. The sobriety and richness of history are noted in the façades, in the belfries, in the interiors and altars: from the austere simplicity of the Romanesque Basilica to the gilded pomp of seventeenth-century churches, amidst the history of bishops and abbesses in the centuries-long wars, divided in spirit and time.
Departing from Conversano you can visit the following interesting sites :
Castellana Grottos (Km.12) – Alberobello (Km.30) – Altamura (Km.88) – Ostuni (Km.59) – Martina Franca (Km. 49) – Locorotondo (Km.42) – Gioia del Colle (Km.37) – Gravina (Km.47) Matera (Km.87) LAST BUT NOT LEAST : COZZE (beach Km.8)


CASTELLANA GROTTOES
The origins of the little town of Castellana go back even further than the 10th century. For a number of years now, the town has been called Castellana-Grotte and is the most important tourist attraction in Apulia, as well as one of the most famous in the whole of southern Italy. It owes its rapid and lucky notoriety to the discovery on January 23rd, 1938 of a vast system of natural underground caves. The Grottos of Castellana represent one of the most important series of natural underground caves in Italy and Europe, a reputation gained not only because of their size but above all for the spectacular of the natural galleries and the prodigious wealth of crystalline concretions.


ALBEROBELLO
The Trullo is a characteristic peasant or artisan's house built using a unique and bold technique. It is built around a central plan with dry stone limestone walls, on top of which sits a conical-shaped roof. The walls are whitewashed; the conical roof which comes to a deft pinnacle, is covered with concentric and slanting rows of smooth, grey slabs of local stone, called "chiancarelle", which are put in place without the use of mortar. The Trulli can be found in the hills of the Murgia in an area where the provinces of Bari, Brindisi and Taranto meet. Here you can come across hospitable little towns with their whitewashed walls and charming vernacular architecture, bathed in history, tradition and natural attractions; places such as Castellana-Grotte, Conversano, Gioia del Colle, Locorotondo, Noci and Putignano in the Province of Bari; Martina franca in the Province of Taranto; Ceglie Messapico, Cisternino, Ostuni and Selva di Fasano in the Province of Brindisi. The most spectacular urban concentration of Trulli is to be found in Alberobello. In this small town, famous the world over, the Trulli are organized into districts. The fabulous Monti district boasts over 1000 Trulli set along picturesque, sloping streets, paved in the local stone. The whole town maintains a dream-like quality, almost like something out of a fairy-tale, bathed in the limpid light of the Eastern Mediterranean that of Alberobello an enrolled only landscape in 1996, list UNESCO of the assets " Patrimony of the Humanity ".


MURGIA AREA
The inhabitants of this area are mainly farmers who produce wine, oil and almonds. Today it is also a flourishing commercial centre. Taking the trunk road s.s100 we come to Casamassima, a large, busy town which stands at an altitude of 233 metres and offers a splendid panoramic view down to the Adriatic. A short distance away lies Acquaviva, which boasts a marvellous Renaissance cathedral. Following the s.s100 again we arrive at Sammichele, notorious for its gastronomic specialities such as "zampina", which are small pork sausages, and its characteristic rural architecture. Following the road straight on we come to Gioia del Colle, an important industrial and agricultural town, particularly renowned for its production of scamorza (a kind of cheese) and mozzarella cheese. There is a famous castle here which was built by Frederick II on a Norman site and characterised by high, black , ashlar turrets. From here we travel on to Altamura, an important town in antiquity but which nearly completely disappeared in Medieval times. It was then rebuilt by Frederick II. There is a magnificent Norman Cathedral in Altamura, one of the four Palatine Basilicas in Apulia. Of all the local gastronomic specialities we might mention "Musquittili", gnocchi made with wheat flour and cooked in mulled wine, and "nocino", a digestive walnut liquor made from a secret recipe. 12 kms away, sitting on the edge of a deep gorge, lies the town of Gravina, a city rich in monuments: the cave church of St. Michael, the Renaissance cathedral (1497), the Romanesque cloister of San Sebastian, the little church of St. Sofia which houses the tomb of Angela Castriota Orsini , a marvellous example of renaissance sculpture in Apulia. From Altamura we head to Cassano delle Murge, a holiday resort which offers a wonderful view of the Murge (341m) . On one of the hills you can see the former convent of S. Maria degli Angeli, now a boarding school run by the Augustinian Brothers. The Mercadente forest is also of considerable importance and the area is well equipped with facilities to welcome tourists.


MATERA, THE TOWN OF SASSI *
* Very ancient quarters with rock-hewn homes. Sassi = Rocks, Stones
Would you like to see the real places where
"The Passion of the Christ" was shot?
The first time Mel Gibson saw Matera, he just went crazy, because it was simply perfect to shoot his latest movie, now on the screen in the U.S., "The Passion of the Christ".
How can Matera, a modern city of 60,000 inhabitants, look like Jerusalem 2000 years ago? This is a very long story.
The very deep canyon with numerous grottoes and the easy-to-dig rock was the ideal place for the prehistoric man: they could live in grottoes, enlarge them, dig canals and pools on the sides of the canyon to bring water to their grottoes, while the wild nature of the canyon gave them a natural defence against enemies and animals
As time went by, on the side of that Canyon a real town grew up, with its roads, dwellings and churches not built, but amazingly carved into the rock.
Only the facades are actually built with bricks, however, as soon as you cross the threshold, you discover that you are inside the mountain.
In the Middle Ages, this weird town became bigger and bigger, and very rich, too:
the quality of life was high, and in an area where it rarely rains, the canals dug into the rock could bring water into the houses.
Since the dwellings are built in the rock, on their roof there are roads, gardens or other houses, and when you walk through this ancient place, you often come upon chimneys because, without realizing it, you are walking on the roof of a house.
Unfortunately, the Sassi soon became overcrowded as the population grew fast in the last two centuries.
Many problems arose, like overpopulation, lack of water and efficient sewing system, domestic hygiene and ventilation problems,: in this houses obviously there were no windows.
In the 50s, an important writer, Carlo Levi, wrote a book about the life in Matera and its region, and it became a national scandal that people in Italy were still living in grottoes. The Italian Republic decided to move away from the ancient districts all the people, so they built new houses where to lodge the 20,000 persons moved away from their houses in Sassi.
Only who could afford to buy a new house with his own money could keep the property of their old house, otherwise they could get a house for free from the State in change of their dwelling in Sassi.
The Sassi have been deserted for 40 years, but in the last decade Unesco enlisted them in the World Heritage and Italian State gave financial contribution to restore the houses, the churches, the palaces of this 9,000 year old city.
Today many houses and churches have been restored, and new restaurants and hotels are opening, everyone different from each other, but everyone unique.
What looks like a 20 square meters small house from the outside, once inside can be a huge 1,000 square meters palace.

Today tourism is discovering Matera : we are sure that as Mel Gibson found this town to be perfect for his movie, you'll find it perfect for your holydays.


NET PRICES PER APARTMENT PER DAY
PERIOD
FROM
TO
PRICE
MONO - 2 PAX
PRICE
BILO - 2 PAX
PRICE
BILO - 3 PAX
PRICE
BILO - 4 PAX
PRICE
TRILO - 5 PAX
A
13/5/06
17/6/06
35,00
40,00
55,00
70,00
85,00
B
17/6/06
01/7/06
45,00
50,00
65,00
85,00
105,00
C
01/7/06
15/7/06
55,00
60,00
75,00
95,00
115,00
D
02/9/06
16/9/06
50,00
55,00
70,00
90,00
110,00
E
16/9/06
30/9/06
45,00
50,00
65,00
85,00
105,00
F
30/9/06
23/12/06
35,00
40,00
55,00
70,00
85,00


NET PRICES PER APARTMENT PER WEEK
(STAYS FROM SATURDAY TO SATURDAY)
PERIOD
FROM
TO
PRICE
MONO - 2 PAX
PRICE
BILO - 2 PAX
PRICE
BILO - 3 PAX
PRICE
BILO - 4 PAX
PRICE
TRILO - 5 PAX
A
15/7/06
05/8/06
450,00
495,00
615,00
780,00
950,00
B
05/8/06
12/8/06
500,00
550,00
680,00
860,00
1050,00
C
12/8/06
26/8/06
580,00
650,00
800,00
1010,00
1235,00
D
26/8/06
2/9/06
500,00
550,00
680,00
860,00
1050,00

THE BED AND BATH LINEN IS NOT INCLUDED ON THE PRICES, THERE IS THE POSSIBILITY TO RENT IT FOR FOLLOWING PRICES PER CHANGE :
BED LINEN: SINGLE BED EURO 5,00
DOUBLE BED EURO 10,00
BATH LINEN EURO 6,00
SUPPLEMENTS TO PAY ON THE SPOT:

* CAUTION EURO 100,00
* FINAL CLEANING
MONO 2 PAX EURO 35,00 - BILO 2 PAX EURO 45,00 - BILO 3/4 PAX EURO 50,00 - TRILO 5 PAX EURO 55,00