One of Italy’s most beautiful Towns, awarded the Orange Flag of the Touring Club of Italy, it sits high on a plateau in the south-eastern part of the Murge dei Trulli, in the heart of Itria Valley, less than 10 km (6 miles) from Alberobello.
Its very name (“round place”) suggests the characteristic circular form of the town’s historic centre. Its origins, date to around 1000 AD, when farmers built a number of simple cottages, including typical “cummerse” (small houses with pitched roofs), on the hill top. Rising above the centre’s expanse of pure white houses, there are the bell towers of many churches, including the Churches of the Addolorata, Spirito Santo, San Nicola, San Rocco, and the Madonna della Catena. The Church of Santa Maria della Greca boasts a Renaissance polyptych dedicated to the Madonna of the Roses, as well as a sculptural group depicting Saint George on horseback.
The Wine Trail through the Itria Valley stops off at Locorotondo, which produces an excellent DOC white wine.