Today it is called the Balcony of the Murgias . . . but this can only be said today, now that the concept of “panorama” is familiar. This charming definition implies its affinity (Minervino has a natural propensity for the land) for the expanse of cities and countryside it looks out over – a fact that is undeniably true today, but was not so in antiquity. The fact of the matter is that Minervino is not only reached by going up, gradually climbing up from the plains. Try arriving from the same level, or better, from a slightly higher altitude: it is possible, arriving from Mediana Murgiana.
The sight of Minervino is beautiful from there, an unusual and unforgettable view. From that vantage point it is possible to see how you are at the extreme outcrop of the crest of the High Murgia, rather than on the “summit” of something. The high Murgia juts out over the territory with its extreme point, not to look, but to defend itself from peril. It could be compared to a nest on a branch. And inside the city? The ancient and complex walls made of square and circular towers have been destroyed (only one has survived, on Vico V Scesciola). What remains is the nucleus of a city that is unexpectedly beautiful and noble. The buildings and the churches are architectural elements of value, solid and representative, almost as if it were a castle-city and its rich facades were doors to secret and ornate rooms. It is a city that was a rich, undivided feudal property (owned by the Del Tufo, Carafa and Pignatelli families before the Tagliavilla at the beginning of the 1800's). It later underwent a progressive impoverishment, although it preserved a certain severe character over time. Constrained by its physical and orographic status (a figure of castling) it was, therefore, not routed by conflicts, nor by revolutionary ferment nor by the frenzy of demolition and urban redesign and, as a result, not even by the disorder of uncontrolled expansion. Minervino preserves its own special elegance and a compactness, despite the fact that it bears the aesthetic features of many different centuries, above all of the 1600's and 1700's, the golden centuries in its development.
Minervino has wisely sewn its modernisation into the fabric of this history, conserving the “protective” and unitary character of its centre and equipping itself with civic tools that maintain its integrity while opening it, without reservation, to modern management techniques. A winning choice that has fit the characteristic image of this city into the wider naturalistic and cultural panorama of the High Murgia, through the creation of solid inter-city relationships.