In the area
The eastern Ionic Province offers small and big art cities, a wonderful seaside, the coast road which leads to typical sea resorts with their long thin sand beaches, surrounded by the Mediterranean scrub dunes, by unique scents and colours, but also its historical rich hinterland, noteworthy sites and fertile and productive countryside. You can alternate days of sunbathing and relax to excursions to discover this beautiful land.
It requires one day, half a day ore only a few hours, without excess ahead planning. in fact B&B Villa Boschetto is in an ideal position , it is like being already “on the way”, you can go from the beauties of Sud Barese and Brindisino to the wonders of Salento. Leaving from Campomarino di Maruggio you can reach Gallipoli; touch the last reef in Italy near Santa Maria di Leuca; circumnavigate the Salentina Peninsula, going from the Ionian to the Adriatic sea all the way to Otranto, or stop in Lecce, diving into the Baroque beauty, stopping near the old shops spread through the historical center, where they work papier-mâché and Lecce stone; visit Galatina, where the Cathedral and its mosaic square will enchant you with their splendour. If you want to spend a whole day in the open air, you can visit the towns in Valle d’Itria: Martina Franca, Locorotondo, Ceglie Messapica, Cisternino and Alberobello, admiring their natural beauties made of red land fields, dry stone low walls, vineyards, and ancient olive trees and the Trulli fruit of the old local civilization. And more…. Castellana and its Caves. We recommend Ostuni in the province of Brindisi and the Safari Zoo near Fasano. Taranto the city of the two seas, our regional capital is characterized by the famous Ponte Girevole (swing bridge), the ancient small village and by numerous archaeological sites. You can’t miss visiting the National Archaeological Museum and the Aragonese Castle, with possible guided tours to the Historical- Craft Show of the Naval Arsenal.
Going along the Coast road heading West or East from Villa Boschetto you can admire the ancient Coast Towers, an example of fortified construction to guard and defend from the sea invasions of Saracens and Turks. Among the nearest Torre Ovo, Torre Molini (in the heart of Campomarino), Torre Borraco, Torre Colimena, Torre Lapillo and Porto Cesareo. Adventure lovers can go to San Pietro in Bevagna to go in search for the Mummy cases, which are visible from the beach. Nature lovers, instead, can dive into the attractive views of the protected areas, as Foce del Chidro, Salina, Palude del Conte, Boschi Cuturi and Rosa Marina, which make the Parco Naturale del Litorale Tarantino Orientale, (Natural Park of the Taranto West Coast).
Another place to visit is Oria in the province of Brindisi, dominated by the impressive Castle ordered by Federico II. Interesting is the ioni Tournament which takes place in summer. Grottaglie in the province of Taranto, the name is taken for the numerous caves in the area, is a famous ceramics production centre. From the castle, which dominates the residential area, you can reach the characteristic Quartiere delle Ceramiche (Ceramics Quarter) which offers, in its roads and small squares, a lively show full of piled up coloured vases, jars, amphorae and capasoni of various shapes and size, while inside the shops craftsmen expose their products : dinner sets, and traditional gifts. You must absolutely get “Zufoli”.
Manduria is a considerable destination. Once Manduria was known as a big agricultural centre which was particularly dedicated to growing vineyards, olive trees, and vegetables, sheep-breeding and dairy produce. Today Manduria is the symbol of Puglia Wine. It is in fact often identified with its red wine “Primitivo”, (wine grape stump which has been on this land for more than a century), which in the last few years has obtained the award of D.O.C. Wine. Various wine growers’cooperatives, private companies, small producers, invite people to taste their wines and are available to help you choose when shopping. Manduria is an old city of the Messapic people whose civilization was in this place before the Magna Grecia. one. Going along the Archaeological Park, which has recently been established, you can have a look at the three circles of Megalithic Walls which protected the old city and, outside the circle, the spacious Necropoli including tombs of various types, in which precious findings were discovered and are now kept in the Taranto National Museum. Remaining within the Park you can visit the cave known as Fonte di Plinio and the Cappella Ipogea of San Pietro Mandurino, while in the city you can admire the 16Th century buildings, the Gothic Renaissance Cathedral, the 18th century Palazzo Imperiali and the Ghetto degli Ebrei, an attractive crossing of medieval small roads and alleys.