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Martina Franca is a town with a population of 50,000 in Apulia, southern Italy.

Understand[edit]

Martina Franca is the main centre of Itria Valley, a karst depression area straddling the provinces of Bari, Brindisi and Taranto, in which it is located.

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By plane[edit]

Porta di Santo Stefano is the town's main entrance gate
  • 1 Brindisi Airport (BDS IATA known as Aeroporto del Salento), Contrada Baroncino, +39 0831 411 7406. It's the closest airport to the town, located at about 1 hr by car through expressway and provincial roads. It's served by TuiFly, My Air, Alpi Eagles, Alitalia, AirOne and Ryanair. Brindisi Airport (Q849715) on Wikidata Brindisi Airport on Wikipedia
  • 2 Bari Karol Wojtyła Airport (BRI IATA), Viale Enzo Ferrari, +39 080 580 0200, toll-free: +39 800 949 944. It represents another option to reach Martina Franca, mainly because of the higher number of destinations available; it's a little further, at 90 km (56 miles) north through the Adriatic expressway and state roads. There are approximately 40 various cheap flights into Bari from various European airports. Bari Karol Wojtyła Airport (Q779805) on Wikidata Bari Karol Wojtyła Airport on Wikipedia

By train[edit]

Train is probably the worst option to reach the town by the nearby province capitals — even if the 3 train station is just few steps steps from the historic centre — since Martina Franca railway station is served only by a local train company that provides quite not easy services on old railway lines. Direct trains from Bari can take about 2¼ hr at a cost of €6,5 while from Brindisi you will have to change train at least once taking not less than 3 hr at a cost of about €10. From Taranto there are very few direct trains per day taking 1 hr at a cost of €2,5, while from Lecce there are four trains taking almost 3 hr at €7,9. If you choose this option be aware that the service can be unreliable and the travel could become an (ugly) adventure. Check Ferrovie del Sud Est site for detailed info.

By car[edit]

  • From the airport of Bari: take expressway Strada Statale 16 Italia.svg until the exit Taranto-Valle d'Itria and continue on Strada Statale 172 Italia.svg towards Taranto. In total you will take 1 hr for a distance of 90 km (56 mi).
  • From the airport of Brindisi: take expressway Strada Statale 379 Italia.svg towards Bari until the exit Ostuni-Torre Pozzella, then take Strada Provinciale 21 Italia.svg to reach and bypass Ostuni, then continue on Strada Provinciale 14 Italia.svg to reach the new town. In total less than 1 hr for 62 km (38 mi).
  • From Lecce: take expressway Strada Statale 613 Italia.svg until Brindisi then follow the route described above. 1 hr 20 min for 100 km (62 mi).
  • From Taranto: just drive along Strada Statale 172 Italia.svg for less than ½ hr.

Get around[edit]

Map of Martina Franca

See[edit]

  • 1 Basilica di San Martino (Cathedral), Piazza del Plebiscito, +39 080 430 6536. City's main and largest church, characterized by a majestic baroque façade. (Q30888242) on Wikidata
  • 2 Chiesa del Carmine, Via Giovanni Battista Pergolesi, +39 080 430-3291. 07:00-12:30, 15:30-20:30.
  • 3 Palazzo Ducale (Ducal Palace), Piazza Roma, 28, +39 080 480 5702. 09:00-20:00. Elegant 17th century three-story building realized in Baroque style, like all of the most notable palaces in town and it unfortunately only a part of a larger project. The rooms of the main floor are decorated with late 18th century frescoes by the Apulian painter Domenico Carella and host temporary expositions organized for the Valle d'Itria Festival. Free entry. (Q27989621) on Wikidata
  • 4 Porta di Santo Stefano (Arco di San Martino), Piazza XX Settembre.
  • 5 Palazzo Narducci, Piazza Roma, 25. Quite little Baroque building built beside the Ducal palace, characterized by pilasters and string courses, made in local limestone, that crown the elegant whitewashed facade. Unfortunately the palace is a private property and it's not open to the public so you can just admire it from the square.

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Martina Franca is unfortunately badly linked through public transport and the best choice to explore the nearby localities is driving, but it is surrounded by some of country's most beautiful villages such as Locorotondo (10 min), Cisternino (15 min), the world-famous Alberobello (20 min) and the "white town" of Ostuni (½ hr). The museums of the province capital Taranto can be reached in ½ hr while Bari, Lecce and Matera are all at about 1¼ hr of journey time by car.

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