Holidays in Puglia

- History, Nature, Food, Sun

About Cisternino

Only five minutes drive from either of the trulli, the old historic centre of Cisternino town has lovely white washed stone buildings with cool, shaded, cave-like interiors and numerous churches.

The narrow streets beckon you to explore, and you may find yourself in one of the community squares on the very edge of the hill, with spectacular panoramic views of the surrounding countryside.

While away an hour or two people watching in one of the typical Italian bars, or explore the cool dark churches. You'll always find something new to see, do or experience in Cisternino.

Whatever kind of holiday you like we're sure you'll find it in Puglia and will come to love it as much as we do.

Situated the the south-eastern tip of Italy, Puglia is rich in history, culture, architecture and, of course, famed for its wonderful fresh produce and cuisine.

Much of Italy's pasta comes from Puglian wheatfields, there are superb sun-dried tomatoes and olive oil, of course. The local fish dishes are delightful and include oysters roasted with oil, lemon, garlic and majoram and delicious sea bream. Good local wine is plentiful - so sip a glass of the local Castel del Monte Rosso red wine or enjoy the cool crisp Terra d'Otranto in an a bar in an ancient square.

If you love architecture then Puglia will not disappoint: Baroque churches and handsome Baroque towns abound from Martina Franca to the 'Florence of Baroque' Lecce.

If you'd prefer a beach holiday then you're never far from the sea in Pugila, and the clean, quiet beaches and crystal blue sea will tempt you back again and again.

About our History

I have always loved Italy from my first visit in 1972 with my parents to Riccione, near Rimini in the north east of Italy.

My uncle, who spent time in Italy in the 1940's, inspired my love for the people and the country by telling me many stories about his experiences and talking to me in Italian when I was a boy.

I returned to Italy in 1993 with Kate and our three children and we stayed in a trullo just outside Cisternino. This visit re-ignited my passion for everything Italian and in 2004, when we went back to Cisternino to celebrate a friend's 50th birthday, Kate and I decided to buy Trullo Stefano.  By this time, Kate had also fallen in love with Italy and with Cisternino in particular. The trullo was sympathetically restored by a local builder to the very high standard it is today. 

In 2005, we had the opportunity to purchase Casa Caterina, a small apartment in the historic centre. This gave us the flexibility to stay either in the town when there was just the two of us, or in Trullo Stefano when all the family were with us.

Later in 2015, the apartment next to Casa Caterina became available and we decided to buy Casa Maria which meant that friends and family could also enjoy staying with us in the historic centre.

We love Cisternino and the people who are always very friendly. We also love the relaxed Italian lifestyle that it offers, not to mention the local wines and the delicious Puglianese food.

Meet Stephen and Kate, the Owners

We love Cisternino and the people who are always very friendly. We also love the relaxed Italian lifestyle that it offers, not to mention the local wines and the delicious Puglianese food.

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