Carovigno is set just a few miles from the coast with a relaxed atmosphere. The main piazza is lined with white limestone buildings, palm trees and pretty cafes. There are plenty of good restaurants offering traditional Italian menus. The old town is dominated by the Dentice di Frasso Castle, dating back to the Norman period with more recent additions. Head to the coastline and you’ll find Torre Santa Sabina, known as Carovigno’s marina, with beautiful beaches and some fantastic seafood restaurants.
Local Markets and Shopping
Carovigno is home to a weekly market held every Tuesday, with a plethora of stalls selling a wide range of goods. You can pick up some local produce for a BBQ back at the villa or barter over clothing and handbags. You’ll also find a number of pastry shops, where you can sample some of the local delicacies.
Bars and Restaurants
You’ll find a good choice of restaurants in Carovingo, offering traditional Italian menus including pasta, pizza, meats and cheese. Head 15 minutes’ towards the coastal town of Torre Santa Sabina, where you’ll find some fantastic seafood restaurants and fresh pasta dishes with fish.
Torre Santa Sabina is home to some lovely beaches. Mezzaluna Beach is a private beach club with sun loungers to hire and a bar offering a light lunch service. Spiaggia dei Camerini has shallow waters and soft white sand, making it a great choice for families.
Carovigno is surrounded by beautiful countryside dotted with olive trees, why not hire a bike and explore the stunning scenery? There are also some great walking routes to explore the area. Further afield, 30 minutes’ drive takes you to Zoo Safari, a drive-through zoo with over 200 species living in their natural habitat.
Places of Interest
The Dentice di Frasso Castle is a historic home dating back to the Norman period and dominates the town from its highest point. Now a popular wedding venue, the castle is also open to the public with guided tours available. Down on the coast you’ll find the 2 watchtowers, Santa Sabina Tower and the Guaceto Tower. Ostuni is just a 20 minute drive away is well worth a visit. Wander the narrow lanes, browse the boutiques and admire the Cathedral.