San Vito dei Normanni is close to Brindisi and enjoys the best of both worlds. You can experience the local Pugliese way of life but will also be close enough to the famous White Towns, some local beaches and key tourist attractions.
Every Monday morning in San Vito dei Normanni the weekly market takes place. You can pick up the best local products, from a selection of local meat to the best fresh fish from the Adriatic Sea. Local bakeries guarantee a selection of traditional delights freshly baked in the morning and the afternoon, including sweet and savoury Pugliese nibbles. The nearest ‘forno’ (bakery) is only 10 minutes’ away and you must try the taralli, a traditional Italian snack which goes well with a glass of wine or beer.
It is very easy to find bars and restaurant in San Vito dei Normanni. In the historical centre, you’ll find the oldest bars full of character. It’s common to see the older generation playing cards or having a glass of wine, whilst telling stories of their life. There are restaurants spread out from the old part of town to the coast, some of them are renowned for the homemade traditional food.
The Adriatic coast is around 18 kilometres from San Vito dei Normanni with a range of sandy beaches and rocky coves. One of which is the stunning Torre Guaceto Reserve, which is a stretch of protected coastline which includes sand dunes through to marshes and centuries-old olive groves. There are watersports available here.
There are a wide range of excursions such as cycling, snorkelling and hiking available throughout Torre Guaceto Beach allowing you to enjoy its beauty and tranquillity. In the countryside, you’ll find horse riding clubs, a different way to explore the coast and the Valle d’Itria. Or why not enjoy a day out at the Carrisiland Resort amusement park, 30 minutes' drive away. With themed areas including the Flinstones and the Wild West, a water park and a small zoo, there is something for all the family here.
San Vito dei Normanni is well known for the interesting archaeological remains, the most famous is Paratone dei Greci (Wall of the Greeks). It’s just over a mile-long megalithic wall, thought to have marked the limits to the territory of Byzantinium in Otranto.
The largest and most famous of the hilltop towns in the Valle d’Itria, Ostuni is known as the White City and is a fortified town with imposing white ramparts and a colourful past. The historical centre dates back to the 11th century, and is a labyrinth of winding cobbled streets more reminiscent of Greek, than of typical Italian piazzas.
Alberobello is town is home to the highest concentration of trulli houses, which have been granted UNESCO World Heritage protection. Most trulli are to be found dotted around the countryside, however in Alberobello there is a whole ancient district made up of these charming buildings. They have distinctive conical roofs, and there are over 1400 of them in all. Many of the houses are still lived in and others have been turned into restaurants, cafes and shops selling trinkets and local food and wines. There is even a trullo church!