The origins of Locorotondo are very ancient and are documented by tombs which go back to the 7th century BC. Its history tells of a village which existed from Neolithic times to the Low Middle Ages, but it was in 1195 that we have the first official document in which a place called ‘Rotondo’ is mentioned. It was a hamlet, donated as feudal land to the Benedictine monastery of Santo Stefano, near Monopoli.
Over the centuries, this feudal village was the possession of large southern families and its castle remained intact until halfway through the 1800’s. Today the town preserves entirely that circular shape from which its name comes and its historic centre is well looked after and cared for in the eyes of its visitors.
An ideal walk could begin from Porta Napoli, with its two columns that remind us of the old entrance gate in the town that lies to its east and which stands opposite to the other main entrance situated to the west, Porta Lecce. Once you have crossed the threshold, you enter into Piazza Vittorio Emanuele, which was once piazza Castello because it ran round the base of the ancient castle that is supposed to have stood here. The piazza is of 19th century origin and it is still the elegant meeting place of the town. Note opposite, beyond an arch in natural stone, there is an historic house with courtyard with two typically pointed roofs (cummerse) called the twins because of how much they look like each other.