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Martina Franca

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"More buzzing than its three illustrious neighbours, it has long been the commercial centre of the area. Opposite the park is the wide, tree-lined expanse of Piazza XX Settembre, which leads through the Porta di Santo Stefano (one of the four gates) into Piazza Roma, home to the impressive 17th century Palazzo Ducale. ⁠ From here it is a short walk through the narrow streets to Piazza Plebiscito, the true heart of the town and backdrop to its masterpiece, the delightful Basilica di San Martino. Its intricate, sandy-coloured, über-Baroque façade is extremely fine, especially when illuminated by the evening sun.⁠ From this splendid piazza, we recommend you just follow your nose and soak up the atmosphere. ⁠ Make sure to stop off for refreshments in one of the many outdoor cafés… One thing you must try or buy before leaving Martina Franca is some capocollo Every Wednesday in Martina Franca – a town in the province of Taranto – the fresh fruit and veg market takes over from 8am to 1pm. This is your chance to browse like the locals do. Delve into the stalls along Piazza d’Angio and you’ll be treated not just to proper Italian meats, breads and cheeses, but to all the clothing, plants and other regional curios you never knew you needed. "

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