Martina Franca Attractions
Here are details of the many attractions in the ancient centre of Martina Franca together with information and photographs to enable the English speaking visitor to plan their trip in advance. You might want to see also the Martina Franca Map page which has details of their location.
Attractions Martina Franca
Make your way to the Piazza XX Settembre, a quite typical Italian public square, bustling when the shops, bars and restaurants are open, but very quiet in the afternoon. At one end you will see the Arco di Santo Stefano which is now the main gateway into the "Centro Storico", originally constructed in the fourteenth century bur refurbished 400 years later to celebrate victory over invaders.
Entering through the archway will take you into the Piazza Roma centred around the Dolphin Fountain (Fontana dei Delfini) a nice place to pause in the shade of the trees and admire the Ducal Palace (Palazzo Ducale) now home to a municipal museum (Museo del Parco delle Pianelle) with free entry and open weekdays only from 9am to 1pm then 4pm to 6pm. Opposite this is the eighteenth century Palazzo Martinucci, another one of 19 buildings in the centre classified as palaces.
It is no use trying to describe a route through to old town it really is a maze to first time visitors, so just enjoy yourself and stroll around, when you arrive at the various gateways just turn around and head back in. A good tip to find your way back to the Piazza Roma is to head uphill.