Mottola and surroundings
The Villaggio Vecchia Mottola is located in the streets of the historic center of Mottola, one of the most beautiful villages in the province of Taranto, situated on top of one of the hills overlooking the Ionian Gulf. For this reason Mottola has always been called "the ionic spy". An enchanting place to spend pleasant holidays, in contact with nature and sport; in the name of healthy relaxation.
The historical center of Mottola, "la Schiavonia", has remained faithful over the centuries to the cultural and architectural traditions of the Mediterranean, preserving its narrow alleys and the white walls of the houses, painted in white lime, according to the ancient Apulian custom.
Starting from the Schiavonia, the visitor can discover the splendid monuments of Mottola, among which the former Cathedral (XV-XVI cent.) And its fourteenth-century bell tower. Not far from it, in Piazza XX Settembre, you will appreciate the mighty 19th-century town hall and perhaps take the entire path created on the sidewalk, to learn about local history through the mosaics.
The spirit of adventure will lead the tourist to enter the underground tunnel to see up close the remains of an ancient city wall from the Magna Graecia age, testimony to the ancient origins of Mottola (se. VII a.C.).
Outside the urban center, immersed in a spectacular bucolic scenery, it is possible to visit some of the numerous rock churches excavated by man from the 9th century. Places of Christ that preserve the direct testimony of the thriving cultural and economic encounter between East and West. The most famous of the Mottolese rock churches is certainly San Nicola, often called the "Sistine Chapel" of the rock civilization, following the excellent state of preservation of its paintings.
The cave church of Sant’Angelo is a unique case of a rupestrian church at two hypogean levels. San Gregorio, on the other hand, is embellished by the architectural finishings carved into the tuff rock. Finally, Santa Margherita presents its walls embellished with the narration of the life of the Holy martyr.
Speaking of rock civilization and its churches, how not to take into account the ravines! Deep and wide chasms, within which numerous rocky villages have arisen over the centuries, the fruit of the adaptive spirit of their ancient inhabitants. The caves, arranged on several levels along the cliff walls, allowed the development of a community life very similar to those of the ordinary ancient cities.
Remaining outside the inhabited center you will also be able to visit and see the many farms that populate the countryside of the Murgia, where flourishing agricultural and livestock activities are practiced. Where, moreover, it is very often possible to taste the most genuine flavors of our land.