Riding high above the vineyards laden plains of the Puglia countryside, Cisternino stands out as the jewel in the Brindisi crown. The medieval streets are filled with whitewashed villas, providing an eye catching contrast with the blazing blue summer skies and the rich colours of the surrounding countryside.
There are few places where you can truly enjoy slowly wandering the streets taking in the scenery, but Cisternino is clearly one of them. Voted among the top 15 prettiest villages in Italy, Cisternino’s beauty can be found as soon as you enter the huge town gates. The whitewashed houses are given a splash of colour with the colourful flowers which adorn the balconies, little courtyards and open stairwells that give Cisternino villas their iconic form. There are still some excellent relics from eras past in Cisternino including the Renaissance Bishop’s Palace and the 14th Century Church of St Nicholas, both of which are still adorned with masterpieces of art and sculpture. The tower of the Palazzo Amati and the crypt of St Nicola di Barion are also worth investigating.
The quaint squares and covered courtyards of Cisternino hide a wealth of cafes, restaurants and bars, which fill the air with mouth watering aromas, which can only be topped by the taste of Puglia’s finest delicacies. The cuisine of Puglia is absolutely magnificent, and from a Cisternino villa, you can sample the absolute best of the district. The local wines offer a perfect accompaniment, and you will undoubtedly need a fair amount during your stay in a self catering Cisternino villa, mainly as you will want to take as much as possible home with you!
The countryside which surrounds the village is perfect for walking, cycling and horse riding in the sun. There are many miles of tracks throughout the lush green plains of Puglia that you could travel for many days and never see the same part of the land twice. Much of the land you will see is covered in vineyards, and for the budding connoisseur, local owners offer tours and wine tasting sessions to many visitors.
A Cisternino villa is a perfect base for full exploration of Brindisi and the further attractions of Puglia. Lecce, Brindisi and Taranto are all located within easy striking distance of Cisternino accommodation, each offering the visitor a new insight into this beautiful region. The Puglia coast is never far either, and you can be sunning yourself, pottering around in a sailing boat or swim in the warm sea within 15 minutes of leaving home.
Between May and October, average monthly temperatures are over 20˚C, with daily peaks just breaking into the 30’s. This period, aside from the hottest months of July and August, when the beaches become irresistible, many people flock to Cisternino villas for the sensational walking and riding. Cisternino is a magnificent hideaway in the winter too, as temperatures are rarely below 15˚C.
Brindisi Airport (BDS) is only 40km from a self catering Cisternino villa rental, and luckily for visitors from the UK, Ryanair provide a regular service from London Stansted (STN) directly to Brindisi. Taking a hire car from the airport is probably a good idea as it lets you get easy access to both the beaches and towns of Puglia, allowing you to truly get the most from your holiday in Cisternino.