Travel and Culture in Apulia
In the last few years, Mesagne has been chosen by famous directors to film their productions. For instance, Sergio Rubini, one of the most important Italian directors, filmed his recent film, La terra in and around the town. Secondly, the last American Express’ advertisement was completely filmed in the most beautiful squares of the historic centre.
Ideally the first visit to Mesagne starts from the huge and magnificent Norman Castle and its large Tower, previously the most important fortress in the area. In the entrance you will find a delightful courtyard which is overlooked by the elegant gallery and its large windows on the first floor. On the ground floor the Museum collects and displays all the Roman and Messapiche ruins from the local archaeological sites.
On the first floor there are large rooms where according to the season beautiful and modern exhibitions are held and their windows face the roofs of the surrounding houses and the green area of the local park. Additionally the best view of the sunset can be obtained from the west balcony. Back to the castle where there is the remarkable square of Piazza Orsini del Balzo, which is an enchanting location for Summer concerts, festivals and other cultural events. In the same square is the impressive baroque church of Chiesa S. Anna, an ideal location for romantic couples to get married!
From here you can reach the most important and largest church Chiesa Matrice from the XVII-XVIII Century A.C. and the Piazza IV Novembre where in the past noble people used to gather together under the Munipal Clock that is still working today. To finish your walk you can visit the central Necropolis which dates back to the IV-III Century B.C. and then enjoy a coffee in the nearest picturesque bar where a curious catwalk (glass floor) displays original closed tombs.
Then you can visit Porta Grande and Porta Nuova, the two ancient main gates to the historic centre, the nineteenth-century Theatre, the old olive oil mill and out of the historic centre there is the Park, locally known as Villa Comunale.