Puglia Evo World – All the Puglia of oil in one click
Journey through the territory of D.O.P. Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Land of Bari, Murgia of trulli and caves, among ancient seaside villages and enchanting landscapes.
The southern part of the Land of Bari, adjacent to the Murgia region, corresponds to the ancient Peucezia and is a vast territory divided between hills and sea, with a mix of agricultural, pastoral, and fishing activities. Its landscape is incredibly diverse, ranging from the cliffs of Polignano to the villages of the Itria Valley, from the karst cavities of Castellana to the extensive olive groves of PDO Extra Virgin Olive Oil from the Land of Bari, Murgia of trulli and caves.
Our Journey starts from Rutigliano, a city known for its terracotta whistles and an important center for the production of table grapes in Puglia. The Norman origins of the village are evidenced by the two surviving towers of the ancient castle. Numerous artifacts preserved in the Archaeological Museum demonstrate the ancient roots of terracotta craftsmanship in this area, passed down through the centuries. Conversano is an ancient Peucetian city that dominates the Adriatic coastline from the top of a hill, surrounded by cherry and olive trees of PDO Extra Virgin Olive Oil from the Land of Bari, Murgia of trulli and caves. The main square is overlooked by the imposing Norman Castle, transformed into an elegant mansion over the centuries when the city became a fief of the Acquaviva d’Aragona family. Inside the castle, the Municipal Art Gallery houses ten large canvases depicting the Jerusalem Liberated, painted in the 17th century by Paolo Finoglio. Before moving on, take a break at the Cathedral to admire the icon of Madonna della Fonte and at the convent of San Benedetto, which boasts a beautiful medieval cloister.
After a stop in Castellana Grotte to visit one of Italy’s most beautiful complexes of underground karstic cavities, we make a detour to Putignano, a city of Peucetian origins known mainly for the Carnival’s allegorical papier-mâché floats. In the historic center, rich in picturesque views and ancient noble residences, visit the Civic Museum, housed in the former Palace of the Bailiff, the rector of the Order of the Knights of Malta. The current appearance and furnishings of what is now known as the Prince’s Palace date back to the 19th century when it became the residence of the Romanazzi Carducci family. Crossing lush holm oak woods, you will reach Noci, where you can get lost among the “gnostre” in the historic center, small communal courtyards where neighborhood life once unfolded. Continue to the fairytale village of Alberobello, whose historic center, consisting of a thousand trulli, has been included among the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Locorotondo offers panoramic views of the Itria Valley from the top of a hill, with its concentric streets and whitewashed houses. The surrounding countryside, dotted with trulli and olive groves of PDO Extra Virgin Olive Oil from the Land of Bari, is among the most charming in Puglia.
Ascend the coast starting from Monopoli, where the charming port winds its way through the ancient fishing village. In addition to the castle, take a moment to admire the Cathedral, one of the most significant examples of Baroque architecture in Puglia. Continue on to Polignano, perched on a cliff overlooking the sea. Lose yourself in its alleys that suddenly open onto scenic terraces and take a break for a swim in the Cala Paura cove. The Pino Pascali Museum, located in the former municipal slaughterhouse, is also worth a visit, hosting contemporary art exhibitions. Conclude the itinerary in Mola di Bari, an ancient port from which the Crusaders’ ships departed for the Holy Land. The Matrice Church, built by Dalmatian craftsmen and dedicated to St. Nicholas, is the only example of a Renaissance church in Puglia.
There is a place where false beliefs and old stories related to extra virgin olive oil can find answers: it is the Oil Museum and historic oil mill “Terre di Traiano” in Andria. It was one of the first educational farms in Puglia, and the agricultural company covers over 100 hectares, with 90 dedicated to olive groves.
It is a fortified farmhouse, located not far from Castel del Monte and on the borders of the Alta Murgia National Park.
Today, the Terre di Traiano Oil Museum is hosted in the places that were once stables and carriage warehouses, later used for the production and storage of both oil and wine.
The journey is instructive and sensory, as it includes the tasting area, the exhibition hall, and the Oil Museum with numerous machines that tell the story of extra virgin olive oil’s evolution up to just a few decades ago.
This place of industrial archaeology allows a journey through the centuries, reaching its modern production of organic extra virgin olive oil.