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Comune di Cisternino
Veduta valle d itria cisternino.jpg
Coat of arms of Cisternino
Coat of arms
Cisternino is located in Italy
Location of Cisternino in Italy
Coordinates: 40°44′N 17°26′E / 40.733°N 17.433°E / 40.733; 17.433Coordinates: 40°44′N 17°26′E / 40.733°N 17.433°E / 40.733; 17.433
Country Italy
Region Apulia
Province Brindisi (BR)
Frazioni Caranna, Casalini, Marinelli, Sisto
 • Mayor Mario Luigi Convertini
 • Total 54 km2 (21 sq mi)
Elevation 392 m (1,286 ft)
Population (December 31, 2004)[1]
 • Total 12,052
 • Density 220/km2 (580/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Cistranesi
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 72014
Dialing code 080
Patron saint San Quirico
Saint day July 15
Website Official website

Cisternino is a comune in the province of Brindisi in Apulia, on the coast of south-eastern Italy, approximately 50 kilometres (31 mi) north-west of the city of Brindisi. Its main economic activities are tourism, the growing of olives and grapes, and dairy farming.

Cisternino sits in a historic zone of Itria Valley (in Italian: Valle d'Itria), known for its prehistoric conical, dry stone roundhousess called trulli, which are preserved under UNESCO safeguards due to their cultural significance, dry stone walls (muretti a secco), and its fertile soil which makes it the home of the Salento wine region. In 2014, Cisternino was declared the cittaslow city of the year

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The architecture is typical of the region with an old Centro Storico (Historical Centre) containing white washed, stone buildings with cool, shaded, cave-like interiors, narrow streets and churches. The town also features several community squares, each of which are build on the edge of the hill allowing for some spectacular landscapes.

In Cisternino and the surrounding area there have been several Bronze Age finds, including different types of hand tools. Evidence would suggest that the region was also a seasonal home to ancient hunter gatherer humans.


Broad bean purée with wild chicory (fave e cicorie selvatiche), orecchiette con braciole e polpette (a particular shape of pasta with tomato sauce, meatball and beef chop) and "bombette" (a type of roasted pork meatball) are three typical dishes of Cisternino cuisine.


Public transport in Cisternino is minimal, with a large proportion of the inhabitants relying on their own means of transport. However, there are buses to nearby Fasano which also houses the nearest major train station.

The nearest airports are in the cities of Bari and Brindisi which are both less than one hour’s drive from Cisternino.

Twin towns[edit]


  1. ^ Population from ISTAT

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