The Casa Riccardi B&B is located on the first floor of an elegant, period, building in the historic centre of Putignano, conjuring images of a bygone era. Externally, the building is decorated with a bas-relief, finely carved stone balconies, brightened by the colours and fragrances of Mediterranean plants and flowers. The historic atmosphere continues inside, with antique doors, flooring, furnishing, paintings and photographs. Some of the photographs on display even depict Maria Caterina Riccardi, a heroine of the Risorgimento, the mother of five garibaldini and our namesake.
The balconies of the Casa Riccardi overlook Corso Garibaldi and Via S. Lucia, allowing guests to observer the rites of la Settimana Santa, the processions in honour of saints and the festivities of Carnevale, all of which occur in the period between the 26th December and Shrove Tuesday, in the refined atmosphere of one of the most picturesque ancient villages in the Terra di Bari.
Casa Riccardi is located just a few meters from the chiesa di S. Pietro, which houses some of the works of Stefano da Putigano, the greatest Apulian sculptor of the Renaissance. The Piazza Plebiscito can also be found nearby, where guests can watch traditional carnival performances, and Corso Umberto I, where the papier-mâché parade floats are constructed.
A short walk will bring you to a range of restaurants and trattorie, where you can sample the traditional cuisine of Murgia dei Trulli. You can also find an old mill which produces farinella, made from roasted barley and chickpeas which was once a staple of rural gastronomy. We also house a small library, should you be inspired to learn more about the culture, landscape, tastes and smells of Puglia and Southern Italy.
In short, it is an ideal location in which to base yourself , from where you can easily reach not only the many towns and major cities of the region, but also the neighbouring region of Basilicata such as the Sassi of Matera, within the length of a single day.