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Immersed in the Itria Valley , halfway between the Adriatic and the Ionian, on top of a hill stands Locorotondo . The town owes its name to the morphology taken from the nearest village , built between the ninth and seventh centuries BC
But the first document that mentions the ” round place ” and its St George’s Church dates back to the twelfth century , in full Swabian domination , when it was a fief of the Benedictine monastery of Santo Stefano. Since then and throughout the ‘ 300 , with Anjou became a farmhouse and in the fifteenth century by the monks went to the barons , the De Balzo – Orsini, Loffredo , the Carafa . He ended up under the Bourbons and followed the history of the Kingdom of Naples until the unification of Italy .
As can be deduced from its name , the historical center of Locorotondo is circular because it tightly around the Church of St. George and is very impressive due to the narrow streets and whitewashed houses with their characteristic pointed roofs made of limestone slabs ( the so-called “chiancarelle” ) . The elegant wrought iron balconies , adorned with geraniums , make the village even more fascinating , as to be inserted into the club of the “most beautiful villages in Italy”.
Locorotondo is also famous for its 130 districts , for its white wine Locorotondo DOC and for its ” gnumeredde suffuchete ” , roulades of lamb tripe , tied with guts and boiled for a long time in earthenware pots.
- Mother Church of St. George
- Church of Our Lady of the Greek