The town of Martina Franca is located in Taranto district, in Puglia. Set in the beautiful territory of the Valle d’Itria, like other towns in the area, still retains the trulli, traditional buildings of rural origin.
The old town center is characterized by small streets and narrow houses vertically developed where the Baroque and Rococo style predominate. At the old gates of the town, there are still some towers, now used as private homes, which characterize the summits of some streets. Walking through the streets of the town we can also see many important buildings like the Palace Martucci, Nardelli Palace and Palace Ancona.
In Rome square we can visit the Ducal Palace, dating back to the 600, where the Renaissance and baroque style mix together. The beautiful paintings at the inside characterize the Arcadia room with scenes inspired by the homonymous cultural movement that sees lush vegetation as a scenario; The room of the Myth inspired by Ovid’s Metamorphoses; and the Bible room with scenes from the Old Testament. Today the building houses the Town Hall.
Among the most beautiful places of Martina Franca, in Piazza Plebiscito there is the Basilica of St. Martin, the patron saint of the town, dating back to the 700. The Church has a baroque facade made of limestone, on which there’s the statue of St Martin dividing his coat and giving it to a beggar. Inside, the church houses the relics of St. Martin and Santa Comasina.