Martina Franca Tourism
The tourist industry in Martina Franca forms a fair portion of the towns resources apart from agriculture and clothing. The sublime old town draws tourists and day visitors from across the world eager to stroll the labyrinth of streets and alleys.
Tourism Martina Franca
The countryside around the town is enchanting with woods, olive groves, vineyards and farms scattered far and wide through the tangle of tiny lanes lined with dry-stone walls. Trulli, those famed old cone shaped homes built from the same local limestone dot the fields, some in ruins and others laboriously restored to form fine houses, or holiday homes.
Try a visit to the Martina Franca market on the Via Giulio Recupero on wednesday mornings to see the produce in season supplied and often sold directly by the local farmers and small holders alongside clothes, hardware, cheese, meat, household goods and plants.
The climate of Martina Franca ensures visitors pleasant weather during spring and autumn, hot summers and mild winters (although they can be quite wet). The really busy period is in August and Easter, with the rest of the year surprisingly quiet and free of crowds.
For tourists basing themselves in the town there are plenty of tours and excursions to other beauty spots within easy driving distance. Among some of the most popular are a visit to Alberobello which considers itself as home of the trulli where you can wander through whole streets of them, Polignano with its breathtaking cliff top situation and stunning vistas, Ostuni with its immaculate walled citadel astride a hill overlooking the coast or the medieval centre of Cisternino just over 7 miles east along the Valle d'Itria. Eleven miles north toward the sea is Fasano City and its valley of cave houses, plus the excavated ruins of Egnazia. Head to the coast then north towards Bari for about 15 minutes will bring you to Monopoli on your right, a pleasant place to while away a day. An hour and a half by car is the town of Matera, perched on the edge of a ravine with cave houses galore, head west for 75 km.
Martina Franca Tourist office
The Martina Franca Tourist office is in the Piazza Roma, telephone number; (+39) 080 4805702.