It's no secret that I adore italy and while I have ventured there several times before, never have I ventured this far south to the heel of the boot to the beautiful Puglia (Apulia) region.
If you love food and photography then this region is for you.
I absolutely adored everything about it, including it's beautiful people too.
Martina Franca is a town and comune in the province of Taranto, Puglia, Italy. The town's jewel is it's old quarter . . . a picturesque scene of winding maze like alleys, with blinding whitewashed houses and blood-red geraniums in abundance. There are graceful baroque and rococo buildings here too, plus airy piazzas and curlicue iron-work balconies that almost touch above the narrow streets.
This town was founded in the 10th century by refugees fleeing the Arab invasion of Taranto. It only started to flourish in the 14th century when Philip of Anjou granted tax exemptions (franchigie, hence Franca); the town became so wealthy that a castle and defensive walls complete with 24 solid bastions were built.
I just loved all of the beautiful doorways in Martina Franca but this was definitely one of my favourites.
A very memorable town, a very memorable visit.