As you look around, your eye will be caught by the imposing facade of the Palazzo Ducale and its horizontal balcony balustrade in wrought iron. It was constructed at the behest of Petracone V Caracciolo, in 1668, and it was a symbol of the city’s power, but above all represents the cultural and artistic renaissance of Martina Franca after the Middle Ages. The plan for the Duke’s Palace, signed by the engineer from Bergamo G. A. Carducci, was backed by the famous Bernini, who was at the time superintendent of works for the Kingdom of Naples. Originally there were 117 rooms, apart from a theatre, a stables and other service rooms. Go in and walk up the wide staircase to the right which leads to the Noblemen’s Floor, where you can visit the Dukes’ Chapel and the rooms of Arcadia, Myth and the Bible decorated with tempera colour by Domenico Carella in 1776.
Piazza Roma, Martina Franca
Open everyday, free entry.