Itria Valley is an area located in Puglia; it spreads in different provinces and is overlooked by the towns of Martina Franca, Locorotondo, Cisternino and Ceglie Messapica. The valley probably takes the name from the Madonna Odegitria (The Virgin Mary that shows the way), because a fresco portraying the Virgin was found in Martina Franca.
Welcome to the land of the olive tree, symbol of culture and history of this region, fundamental mean of growth of civilization. Manor farms and villages on one side, a blue crystalline sea on the other, are the perfect frame of these perfectly geometrical expanses of trees.
They represent the main culture of this region, since millenniums, going through the Romans and all the invasions that this land has borne through the centuries.
Their fruits, the olives and, consequently, the olive oil made Puglia famous all over the world, as an excellent producer of these high quality mediterranean products.
If you leave behind the mainstream holidays in the big towns, if you are ready to explore and experience the off the beaten track Italy tourist attractions that this country can offer, you are ready to discover the beautiful and old art of papier-mâché in Francavilla Fontana (BR).
Pumi is a name that comes from the Pugliese dialect: their meaning is knob and they are typical luxury Puglia details from, Grottaglie.
This blooming flower shaped objects are usually put on the far end of the house balconies and, apart from their stylistic beauty, they are known for their symbolic value.