Things to do in July in Valle d’Itria

July has arrived and in the twinkling of an eye we are in the middle of the summer, where sun and heat are the protagonists! Here are some tips on how to survive the summer heat wave and enjoy the Valle d’Itria!

# 1 Enjoy the sunset while sipping an aperitif 

The magnificent views of Puglia acquire a special magic at sunset. The sun that falls on the surrounding fields or on the sea gives this land, with its thousand beauties, special colours to photograph absolutely, and thus immortalize your holiday in Valle d’Itria. Here are two tips where you can admire a breathtaking view, perhaps sipping a glass of iced cold white wine, even better if a Verdeca or a bianco d’Alessano, from our local vines! 

The first tip is for lovers of glamorous happy hour. If you recognize yourself in this definition you cannot miss the seafront of Locorotondo, from which you can enjoy not the sea but a spectacular view able to embrace the whole Valle d’Itria: in front of you Cisternino and Martina Franca, farms, trulli and expanses of olive trees! Along the seafront of Locorotondo you will find many cafés where you can enjoy a good aperitif outdoors and enjoy an exceptional sunset. The second tip is aimed at those who love nature and prefer slightly more rigorous situations. If you recognize yourself then we advise you to reach the Belvedere of Caranna, in the mountains of Cisternino, for a do it yourself aperitif in a magical and peaceful place from which to admire the plain of the olive trees. Since there are no locals you will have to equip yourself before arriving on the spot, you just need to go to any grocery store to pack in less than an Apulian aperitif: you could for example buy taralli, olives, tomatoes in oil, focaccia, capocollo (cured meat), and of course a good bottle of local wine! 

# 2 Dancing on the beach 

The Valle d’Itria is now a landmark for music and festivals, in fact there are many events that liven up the summer nightlife and which we have already discussed in this article. But in Valle d’Itria music, dancing and fun times are also on the beach! We point out two very interesting beaches that are found along the Ostuni coast line: Lido Bosco Verde and Lido Lullabay. 

Lido Bosco Verde is a well-equipped beach resort located within the Parco delle Dune Costiere, which at night turns into a splendid open-air disco. They dance until dawn to the rhythms and sounds of the moment. Ideal for those seeking non-discounted music, the atmosphere is engaging and fun times are guaranteed! 

Lullabay is an unconventional venue, a colourful garden a few steps from the sea set up in a hippy style: vintage vans, hammocks and caravans, creating a colourful and relaxing environment, where you can enjoy a cocktail after a day spent in beach, listening to the rhythm of music. 

Both shores can be reached by following the Strada Statale 379 of Egnazia and the Terme di Torre Canne and then Via Appia Antica. 

# 3 Diving into the Adriatic 

Summer means sea and sea can only mean diving! If you are an adventure lover we recommend the stretch of coast that from Savelletri heads towards Monopoli. Here the rocky coast line is not very high, but the small fishing village stands at the center of a rocky coastal stretch where you can find soft sandy open coves. Venture along the coast to discover unexpected views! If you continue along the coast, without even noticing you will find yourself in Monopoli, here we advise you to dive in Porto Ghiacciolo, at the foot of the ancient abbey of Santo Stefano. A wonderful place where the water is always cold, but not the most relaxing because it is often taken by young people! 

# 4 Photographing hay bales 

In this period of the year the fields are filled with huge and perfect bales of hay, which, gracefully laid down, express the creative flair of our farmers. The perfect arrangement of the bales makes it impossible not to think of being in front of a painting, so why not be protagonists of such a painting? Here are some tips on how to take a picture on hay bales. 

First of all, the time of the day, choose the late afternoon, perhaps after a day spent at the seaside, to avoid taking a heat stroke. So along in Valle d’Itria most fields have bales, we recommend you to go in the countryside of Alberobello, in the border area with Putignano or in the plain of olive trees between Cisternino and Torre Canne: you will find many fields and we are sure even the perfect bale. Remember, the bales are really big and it won’t be easy to climb, so if you can’t bring a ladder, at least get someone to come to help you climb! Finally, if you don’t want to risk making yourself immortal in a grimace of pain while the hay scratches your legs, don’t forget to bring with you a soft cloth to rest on the bale! 

# 5 Attending the Valle d’Itria Festival 

If you are in Valle d’Itria in July you cannot miss the longest running event: the Festival della Valle d’Itria of Martina Franca. Now in its 44th edition, the Festival, started in 1975 on the initiative of a group of enthusiasts, is characterized by a revaluation path of the Italian belcantista repertoire presented by Italian and foreign authors. The 2019 edition starts on 16th July with the opera “Il matrimonio segreto” (the wedding secret), a playful drama by Domenico Cimarosa, considered one of the admirable examples of the 18th century Neapolitan School. On July 19th, “Coscoletto”, Jacques Offenbach’s operetta, takes a stage in a purely Neapolitan setting with sentimental events between the naive and the mischievous. July 30th is the turn of “Ecuba”, tragedy for music in three acts by Nicola Antonio Manfroce, where the protagonist is the mythological queen of Troy, mother of the hero Ettore killed by Achilles. 

For all three operas will start at 9 pm at the Palazzo Ducale in Martina Franca. 

Finally, we point out to consider Opera in the Masseria which sees the staging of L’ammalato immaginario | La vedova ingegnosa” (The Imaginary l The ingenious widow), on July 25th at Masseria Palesi (Martina Franca) and on July 27th  at Masseria Casina Vitale (Ceglie Messapica). 

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