The city of Ceglie Messapica, originally Kailia, was one of the most important fortresses in ancient Messapia. Today, a splendid city of art and a centre for lovers of good food, it surprises its visitors with a history that goes back thousands of years, one of the oldest in Puglia.
The medieval centre of the town, the city walls, still preserves the ancient castle around which a concentric web of small streets has developed. Charming squares and resting places alternate in this white painted labyrinth with historic palaces and houses piled one on top of the other.
Looking out from the Belvedere of Monterrone you can enjoy a panoramic view: from hill to hill you can admire nearby Ostuni and then Martina Franca, Locorotondo, Cisternino, the countryside dotted with trulli and on clear days you can make out the sea on the horizon.
The name land for food lovers is given not by chance and it is an enticement to all gourmets. In the heart of the historic centre, in fact, the first school of Mediterranean cuisine started and there is a great concentration of restaurants and hostelries where you can taste the dishes of our traditional cuisine and the culinary creations of some of the best appreciated chefs in Italy.
Ceglie Messapica is a land that you appreciate profoundly walking round to discover its historical riches, a unique archeological heritage that has brought to light stone cumuli (specchie), caves and crypts, tangible signs that Ceglie’s history is anything but recent.
Far from the mass tourism trails, here you will discover the true pleasure of a simple and authentic journey.