Around Puglia IV: Martina Franca

Venue: Martina Franca, Puglia

Lens: Nikkor 50mm f/1.4

Music: Giuseppe Verdi – Simon Boccanegra (

Our next stop on the Puglia map was the small charming town of Martina Franca, probably the least known place from our trip. It’s probably most famous for the white wine of the same name and the annual summer opera festival and could be described as a mixture between our previous two destinations, Ostuni and Lecce. We arrived there after a 3-4 hour train ride through vast beautiful areas of olive tree plantations, and decided to stop for lunch and a 2-hour walk around town. It turned out we were lucky to get back to the train station and our next destination before the rain caught up with us. So here are a few photos with ominous clouds in the sky that hopefully give you a feel for Martina Franca.

So, rather naturally, we start with an old church…
..and continue with another old church, this time it’s the main cathedral of Martina Franca.
This witch-doll was hanging above one of the main streets in the old town and surely meant something, but I really don’t know what. Any guesses?
More old beautiful houses and little side streets, just like the one on the top photo.
At some point we got hungry and found a beautiful trattoria with an old Fiat 500 parked in front. Doesn’t get much more Italian…
After a great lunch we decided to continue exploring the side streets for a better digestion.
We got lost in a couple of dead end streets, but didn’t really mind it too much.
Back at the main square close to the cathedral…
..where someone, very photogenically, had left their bike on the tiny balcony.


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