What to see in Locorotondo? Locorotondo is rightly one of the most beautiful villages in Italy, located 1 hour by car (2 by train9 away from Bari.
If you’re interested in other amazing villages I visited go to Villages and Burgs.
It’s amazing to see Locorotondo appear after a curve, with its line of white little houses on top of a hill. Called cummerse for their pointed roofs, they are the distinctive trait of the village.
The street that runs alongside them (via Nardelli) is nicknamed by the locals “Lungomare” (Waterfront). No, there’s no sea here. But the street offers a view of the surrounding countryside other than a view of the cummerse.
The name of the village
As for the name, Locorotondo means round place. In fact the center has a round shape. The narrow alleys are a little maze in which is pleasant to get around and discover the many lovely corners that the village can offer.
What to see in Locorotondo
Before entering the village, you can take a look from the panoramic terrace located just in front of Porta Napoli (just two columns left). As soon as you past it, you reach Piazza Vittorio Emanuele. On the right there’s the tourist office where to grab a map and a café. Good for a drink but no comment about my panino at lunch. On the left, a cute ceramics shop awaits you. In summer, the colorful objects were displayed on the external steps of the shop.
Proceeding, you will spot the clocktower. Along the street on its left, you can take a photo of the most famous (and photographed) balconies in Locorotondo.
They belong to Palazzo Morelli, a baroque noble mansion.
While the most ancient church in the village, la Madonna della Greca, is little detached, walking around and about the village you will bump into 3 churches:
- San Nicola: dating back to 1530, very tiny and with a peculiarity. Every third wednesday in the month there’s a celebration aimed at all the religions in the world.
- Chiesa Madre di San Giorgio: in neoclassical style, it’s the main church of Locorotondo.
- San Rocco, protector of the village (apparently after saving the local population from the Plague in 1690-91).
A feast for the eyes
Anyway, in my opinion the most beautiful things to see in Locorotondo are its lovely alleys full of flowers, elegant portals, restaurant tables scattered along the streets.
Fully equipped with map, smartphone and camera, Matteo and I patrolled every inch of the village and it was a feast for the eyes, as you can see from the pictures.
And please, do not miss via Aprile!
In conclusion, Locorotondo is absolutely a must visit if you’re in the area.