Things to do in Locorotondo, Italy’s prettiest town in Puglia

Locorotondo in Puglia is waiting for you! But what are the things to do? Camera out, batteries fully charged and the SD card empty! Visit Puglia to get lost for some hours in picturesque Locorotondo, Italy’s prettiest town! Arrive unprepared in this wonderful whitewashed hilltop maze and let the small streets that go in rounds through the historical centre guide you. Corner after corner the town shows its charm that will give you another perfect day in Puglia, the south of Italy, guaranteed! Find more information in this guide with things to do in Locorotondo, Italy!

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General information

Is it worth visiting Locorotondo?

Is it worth it? Yes, it’s magnificent! And you will quickly notice that when you drive towards it. Initially, we did not have Locorotondo on our itinerary to visit, and while walking around we wondered often why oh why we did not see this place on many of the blogs and channels we usually check for trip planning. Most just recommended Alberobello which is incredibly famous for the Trulli’s, but it might have been forgotten that Locorotondo is one big open-air museum and a must-visit.

How long does it take to see Locorotondo?

The amount of time you need depends on your wishes and things you want to do in Locorotondo. A day trip, which we did, is perfectly fine if you are short on time and if you want to have a mesmerizing experience. In that case, you have a great impression in 3 to 5 hours. When considering a day trip you could also combine it with Alberobello and Cisternino in the close surroundings. See more information below.

If you wish to have a more in-depth experience or stay in some incredible accommodations in the area, we recommend you stay 2 to 3 days. This way you can not only explore the centro storico but also the countryside or other markets and villages around.

How to get to Locorotondo

Where to park?

With a car, you can get very close to the historic centre. However, you are not allowed to enter the centre in a car. Indeed, this is the case in many historic places in Italy, There are several parking around. We parked around ‘Piazza Antonio Mitrano’. On Fridays, you can enjoy the Locorotondo market. It is then more difficult to find a parking spot in the streets around.

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Is Locorotondo a good base for Puglia?

Yes, Locorotondo is a good base to discover the Northern part of Puglia. It is close to several highlights such as Bari (50 min), Polignano a Mare (30 min.), Alberobello (10 min.) and Ostuni (30 min.). If you don’t mind a longer drive, Matera and Lecce are also on drivable distance.

Where to stay in Locorotondo?

Looking for a hotel in Locorotondo? There are many accommodations in Locorotondo as well as in the close surrounding and peaceful countryside. From hotels to holiday houses, villas and the best of the best traditional experience: stay in a real Trulli! It is highly recommended to experience a stay in these small prehistoric buildings and also part of UNESCO World Heritage. And that is exactly what we did in a town called Martina Franca, around a 10-minute drive from Locorotondo.

Things to do in Locorotondo

Hilltop views

First of all the name caught our attention as it sounds so fun to say out loud with a wannabe Italian accent. Hence we were staying in Martina Franca, we drove past Locorotondo several times. Each time again we enjoyed the view of the white hilltop town! It looks like a real champion on top of that hill in Valle D’Itria. And as the most romantic place in Italy! So do not forget to admire the village from the lower grounds or roads leading to it.

Locorotondo centro storico

When you see ‘Centro Storico’ signs on the road you just know you will want to follow that route. After arrival, we walked towards the church tower. Because how do you know what the direction to the city centre of an old town is? Always follow a church tower! When you arrive at the centro storico, you can start walking around in the maze and in rounds. Rounds? Yes, the name Locorotondo means ’round place’. Well, then you know what to expect!

Surely be ready to see a marvellous historic city centre with the most picturesque white alleyways. From architectural highlights with unique windows, balconies and stairs. The locals also know how to decorate with lovely flowers, greenery and the typical laundry racks outside.

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Several highlights in the historic centre:

  • Piazza Vittorio Emanuele: a lovely-looking main square with a popular place for a coffee break, Caffe della villa, or some delicious Italian Gelato.
  • Porta Napoli: the entry port to the village
  • Palazzo Morelli: beautiful historical building in Baroque style
  • Torre dell’Orologio: the Locorotondo clock tower
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Knowing Italy, you will always find churches around. The main church is the Church of Saint George (Chiesa di San Giorgio). It is not only worth a visit from the inside, but from here you also have a great panoramic view from its terrace. Other nice churches to visit are Madonna della Greca, San Nicola and San Rocco.

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Villa Comunale

Do you know those vibes, where you see locals hanging around in parks? Undoubtedly you will get it here! Villa Comunale is a public park with some incredible panoramic views over the countryside, Trulli’s and olive groves. After all the walking, do you feel like getting a gelato and just sitting on a bench to soak it all in? Do it!

A scenic walk from the Lungomare

Panoramic views are always welcome! And you can catch some more of them when walking the “Via Nardelli”. Start from the Villa Comunale during the day, or perhaps with a sunset view? You will see the best of both worlds with impressions from the village as well as great views over the Itria Valley.

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Food & Wine

Food in Puglia is something else. Surely the culinary highlights should be on your things to do in Locotorondo list. This is the region where you feel the love for cooking. And that is not any different in Locorotondo. Visit family-run trattoria’s or other cafes all around. Some places are somewhat hidden in the small alleys. Enjoy some traditional dishes (pasta and meat) of the region in one of the most adorable restaurants with their tables outside in the small white alleys.

The wines of the Itria Valley are also well known as refreshing white wines. Locorotondo also has its own speciality “Bianco Locorotondo Doc”. You might want to consider a wine tasting or a visit to some of the vineyards.

Market in Locorotondo

Going on a Friday we had the pleasure to visit the local market where we tried some local and fresh specialities. We enjoyed Italian cheeses and many types of foods and ingredients. However, it is also the perfect opportunity to take in all the energy on that one square of all Italians enjoying their time together. It is a real vibe! Always check the local office of tourism to see the most up-to-date information about markets. You might even want to visit more in the close surroundings of Locorotondo!


Is shopping your favourite thing to do? Are you getting a kick from local shops and small businesses? Take your wallet out! It is well known for many shops in boutique style with handmade crafts, regional souvenirs and other products from Puglia. Fill your memory box while also supporting local artists and businesses.

Festivals and events

The small village festivals are sometimes the best! There are two highlighted events for Locorotondo that you might want to keep an eye on:

  • Locorotondo Wine Festival: the moment to celebrate the local wines of the region! You can enjoy tastings or other festivities like live music and dancing. It is a true cultural experience.
  • Luci di Natale a Locorotondo: Christmas in Locorotondo is a fairy tale dream! From the end of November until approximately mid-January, you can experience the village in full Christmas decorations. It is mindblowing and perhaps your favourite thing to do in Locorotondo!
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Tours in Locorotondo

A daytrip in Locorotondo area

Locorotondo deserves a few hours of your time but can be easily combined with two other towns: Alberobello and Cisternino. Three beautiful towns in the incredible Itria Valley where we started with Alberobello in the early morning to avoid mass tourism, followed by Locorotondo from lunchtime into the afternoon and Cisternino from dinnertime and evening.

If you love to shoot some photos or wander around with real Italian vibes, these are the places to be! Due to short distances is it easy to visit all in one day. You will be surprised by the unique characteristics of each town, make sure to not skip any and visit all.

Ready for this open-air museum & other things to do in Locorotondo in Puglia? We are looking forward to your experience here! Let us know in the comments if you have any questions.

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