Murgia is a fascinating and evocative plateau in Puglia, rich in landscape and natural beauty. Among the many beauties, the village of Putignano and the surrounding areas are certainly worth a visit. Typically, half a day may be sufficient.
Splendid Churches. Stately homes. Squares. Underground areas… with its whitewashed walls and cobbled streets, the historic center is undoubtedly a little gem waiting to be discovered.
Piazza del Plebiscito is the real hub of daily life in the Apulian village. Here there are splendid palaces and historic buildings and the 12th century Mother Church of San Pietro Apostolo.
The 14th century Balì Palace and Angelini de Miccolis Palace are beautiful.
The church of San Pietro Apostolo, beautiful and austere, has a beautiful presbytery and interesting works of art inside. It is accessed by a long staircase from the square (unfortunately there are no ramps for disabled people). Open from 09:00 to 11:30 and from 16:00 to 19:00 with FREE entry.
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In the heart of the square, not to be missed on what to see in Putignano is the fascinating Palace of the Prince (Romanazzi Carducci Principe di Santo Mauro House/Museum). Inside you can admire some rooms of Prince Guglielmo Romanazzi Carducci with many details, watches and even weapons. The balcony overlooking the garden is beautiful. Generally the museum is open on weekends from 10:00 to 13:00 and from 16:00 to 19:00 (times to be confirmed). The ticket costs €6 and also offers access to the papier-mâché and carnival museum.
Porta Barsento, Porta Grande and Porta Nuova are the three entrances to the historic center. The first two are located along Via Pozzo la Chianca (also the “Chiancana”) which crosses the entire Piazza del Plebiscito. The two historic access gates are located in the direction of Alberobello (Porta Barsento) and Gioia del Colle (Porta Grande).
Not far from the historic center, a unique spectacle of its kind opens up beneath the earth, including caves, stalactites and stalagmites. The Grotta del Trullo is located less than 2 kilometers away from Piazza del Plebiscito and represents one of the places not to be missed on what to see in Putignano. More info from here.
The Church of San Michele Arcangelo in Monte Laureto is a small jewel in a cave that houses real artistic treasures (frescoes from the 14th century and the Early Renaissance and the sculptures of Stefano Pugliese). It is located just 3 kilometers from the historic center, towards Noci. Open only on Sundays from 09.30 to 12.30. During the week it is possible to visit it only with reservation. The ticket costs €5 per person and includes the guided tour.
Tarallini and the white artichoke of Putignano are some of the typical products of the whole area. The first courses are ideal as a snack, perhaps to be paired with a good wine. The latter, however, are often ingredients of excellent local dishes.
Orecchiette with turnip greens is one of the typical dishes of the Apulian tradition. In Putignano you can try those prepared with Cima Nera, a native variety cultivated for several generations.
Without a doubt, the ideal period is the one that falls during Carnival, one of the most important events in the entire Region. Carnival Thursdays are undoubtedly the most suitable. More info from this link.