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Fasano and surroundings

As a traditional city of the south of Italy, Fasano is characterized by its old town that is called Umbracchie – meaning Shadow – where tiny streets follow each other, with lime washed houses, small arches and little squares.

In the old town you will be able to admire a really old watchtower, the “Torrione”, located in San Francesco road, that is the only survivor access from the ancient walls to the old town.

If you want to discover the oldest part of Fasano, you can visit the Museum of “Casa alla Fasanese” and the “Matrice Church” that is the main church of the city, dedicated to St. John the Baptist. Dating back to the XVII century and recentely restaurated, the massive Renaissance front is characterized by a wonderfully carved stone rose window.
The interior of this imposing church subdivided into three naves, hugely modified during the ‘70s, still preserves baroque altars with a few frescoes painting by artists of different schools, from Venice to Naples.

Outside the old walls, in Corso Vittorio Emanuele street, it is possible to admire the beautiful Church of “Purgatorio” built in 1669, with its main altar made by polychrome marbles and Neapolitan stones, and its wooden crucifix made at the end of XVI century.

Another of the most important accesses to the old town is the Balì street, whose starting point is marked by an historic plaque remembering the victory of local people over the Turkish on the 2nd June 1678. Along the Balì street, the archway named “Arco del Cavaliere”, marking the very entrance to the courtyard of the caste of the Bailiff, stands unaltered.
The previous castle was restored in 1800 and it has become the town hall , which overlooks the large square dedicated to the martyr and poet Ignazio Ciaia.
The two main roads of the city, whose starting point is located in Piazza Ciaia, host astonishing palaces dating back to the XVIII and the XIX centuries.