LOCOROTONDO

Half way between Alberobello and Martinafranca, in the part of Puglia known by the name of Murgia, the traveller will see Locorotondo appear on the horizon like a white cathedral dominating the Itria Valley and speckled with Trulli, the typical dwelling of Murgia.

Its history is relatively modern and saw it appear with the name of Casale San Giorgio, then changed to Casale Rotondo, Luogo Rotondo and finally Locorotondo, with clear reference to the circular village plan.
Its origins date back to the era when the Count of Conversano Goffredo, nephew of the Norman Robert Guicard, was the main supporter of the political unit of Puglia.
It passed in fief to Ottavio Loffredo during the 1500s and subsequently to the Duke of Martinafranca, Francesco Caracciolo during 1645.
Locorotondo is a striking village capable of welcoming visitors in its characteristic districts (San Marco, Tagaro, Serra, Trito). Here one can visit the Palazzo Comunale (Seat of the Civic Library), Palazzo Morelli and Palazzo De Bernardis.
It preserves a national monument, namely the Basilian Madonna della Greca Church (1100), but there are numerous other religious buildings: the Mother Church, Spirito Santo Church, Addolorata Church, Santa Maria del Soccorso Chapel, Annunziata Church, Ospedale Church, San Nicola Church and the San Rocco Church.
Here one can visit the oldest Trullo (Typical dwelling) in Italy: the Trullo of Marziolla (1509).

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