Travel Europe by walking off the beaten path to find the nooks among the crannies where gardens flourish, small eateries await and life is quiet.
Visitors seeking to explore Italy’s sun-drenched Puglia region are spoiled immediately upon arrival. With Adriatic to the East and the Ionian to the West, a less-than-one-hour driving distance…
From quaint little coastal towns to the bluest water you’ve ever seen, Puglia in Southern Italy is becoming a traveller’s hotspot—and for good reason. Here are 10 places in Puglia you need to add to your bucket list.
A short drive from where we were staying in Monopoli is the town of Alberobello. Alberobello has always fascinated me and been on my visit wish list for a long time. I’m intrigued by the…
Known as ‘The Garden of Italy’, Puglia combines the best of Italy – the food, the wine, the history, the culture, the art, the weather, the beaches, the wine. Here are five of its lesser known highlights…
THERE WAS A TIME WHEN DOUBLE GARAGES, hardwood floors, and granite countertops were not the priority of homeowners. What they really needed was a place to gather, eat, and sleep with a solid roof over their head to keep the weather at bay and walls to keep dangerous animals out. But although their needs were simple and their tools limited, men and women built traditional houses with beautiful aesthetics in mind. From round structures to odd roofs, here seven of the coolest-looking traditional houses from around the world.
1. Trulli, Italy
You’ll need to travel to the heel of the Italian boot to get to see these strange-looking houses. More specifically, the town of Alberobello (a UNESCO World Heritage site) in the region of Puglia is the spot to hit to see a large number of well-preserved trulli, some of them dating back to the 14th century.
The inhabitants of this region of Italy used what was available to them at the time to build these unusual homes.
Read more from source: 7 of the coolest-looking traditional houses around the world
Where to Stay in Trulli
Here’s where to stay in Trulli, the unique conical structures found around Alberobello, Italy. The trulli zone of Alberobello is a UNESCO World Heritage site and a fascinating place to visit. For more about trulli (singular trullo) and Alberobello, see Alberobello Trulli Pictures. The location of the trulli valley around Alberobello is shaded on our Puglia Map.
By clicking on a link, you’ll be taken to the hotel page on TripAdvisor where you can find the best price for your dates and book your stay.
Note: Trulli have been modernized but are generally fairly small inside so don’t expect spacious living quarters.
01of 07 Grand Hotel La Chiusa di Chietri
Grand Hotel La Chiusa di Chietri is about 4 km outside Alberobello. It’s a large hotel with beautiful grounds, swimming pool, and a trulli village where you can stay in a trullo (be sure to book a trullo as the hotel itself has regular rooms). The hotel has a restaurant and parking lot. I stayed in one of the trulli and it was nicely restored and quiet.
02of 07 Trulli Holiday
Read more from source: 7 Trulli Hotels: Unusual Places to Stay in Puglia
Puglia is a region that occupies the ‘heel’ of southern Italy and is home to historic towns (many of which have histories that go back thousands of years), diverse landscapes, excellent food and some of the best beaches in southern Italy. The main entry points for most international visitors are Bari and Brindisi (both have airports and ports with international connections). From here, many adventures await for those who want to explore this diverse region. I’ve visited Puglia several times and explored the length and breadth of the region. Based on these trips, I’ve compiled this guide featuring the best places to visit in Puglia. These places can be visited on a comfortable 15-day self-drive itinerary or you can choose to focus on just 1-2 areas in a shorter space of time.
The Ultimate Guide to the Best of Puglia
Bari, the capital of Puglia, can trace its roots back more than 2,000 years when it was founded by the Peucetii tribe.
Read more from source: Guide to the best places to visit in Puglia on a self-drive itinerary
There are no famous historical figures to discover in the Valle d’Itria in Italy’s central Puglia, no city of note with theaters and great cathedrals. Instead, it’s a quiet place of rolling green hills, meandering country roads, endless stone walls, earthy food and wine.
But there is one magical, must-see attraction: stone cottages with conical roofs called trulli, grouped together in the town of Alberobello, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
At its heart, a trullo is a simple farm building, a heap of field stones piled on top of each other, topped with a stone cone roof, called the candela. The structures have a fairytale quality to them, often enhanced by mystical symbols painted on the candelas that scholars trace to Jewish, Christian and pagan origins. Decorative pinnacles cap the roofs, shaped like spheres, disks, stars and crosses.
Nicola Loperfido, a 36-year-old craftsman, was making replicas of trulli in his workshop as he tried to explain their appeal. The circular shape evokes the cycles of life and seasons for a farmer.
Read more from source: Farms, food and magical stone cottages in Italy’s Puglia
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Small group Trip of Alberobello by Segway, e-bike or golf cart, with Cooking class
Take the chance to discover the secrets of our renowned Apulian cuisine by participating in one ofcooking class in a trullo. In addition, you will be given a brief guided tour of the historical Alberobello, its folk traditions, and the unique trulli construction methods.
PRIVATE TRIP OF ALBEROBELLO BY SEGWAY, E-BIKE OR GOLF CART, WITH COOKING CLASS HIGHLIGHTS:
- Discover the UNESCO World Heritage Trulli buildings in the small Alberobello village
- Capture the panoramic view of the Puglia region in South of Italy
- An entertaining guided tour with an e-bike or a mini Golf Cart with safety equipment
- Learn how to cook the ancient Apulian famous cuisines in a trullo
- Enjoy the end results of the cooking lessons
An arranged 2-hour private tour of the historical Alberobello town in the Apulian region with a fully qualified tour guide, where you will be equipped with tour audio system and headphones as well as some safety equipment’s as you take an e-bike, Segway or a mini Gold Cart for a spin. You will be visiting a church and learn the construction methods of a trulli building. At the end of the brief tour, you will join a cookery class in a trullo to discover the secrets of our renowned Apulian cuisines.
Read more from source: Private Tour of Alberobello by Segway, e-bike or golf cart, with Cooking Lesson
From the tip of Italy’s heel to the ravines at the instep, from towns on the Adriatic Sea to a port in the Gulf of Taranto, 9 towns in Puglia for archaeology and history.
Puglia stretches from the spur to the heel of the Italian boot, or from the Gargano promontory to the Salento peninsular. With its strategic location on the Adriatic and Ionian Seas the area has seen many people come and go. And for this reason it is perhaps not surprising some suggest this is the most archaeologically and historically diverse region in Italy. A diversity that can be encountered at sites and attractions in many of the towns and cities today.
For anyone considering a trip with a particular interest in the history and culture of the region, these are the nine towns at the top of my list of places to visit in Puglia. In alphabetical order.
My choice of top towns to visit in Puglia is certainly subjective, and draws only on places I have actually visited myself.
A trullo (plural trulli) is a traditional, stone dwelling which can be found in Puglia in southern Italy.
Puglia is a long, narrow region in Italy, which reaches from north of the hilly Gargano peninsula all the way down to the ‘stiletto heel’ of Italy’s iconic boot-shape. This includes the Salento, famous for its stunning beaches, which comprises most of the ‘stiletto’ beginning around Ostuni to the east and Taranto to the west. Not much more than 50kms wide, this pretty peninsula is flat and covered in olive groves, ending where the Adriatic and Ionian seas meet at Santa Maria di Leuca.
North of the Salento peninsula is the tranquil Itrian Valley, situated on a limestone plateau known as the Murgia. The main towns of the Itrian Valley are Cisternino, Alberobello, Locorotondo, Ostuni, Martina Franca and Ceglie Messapica.
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From the recent series of building collapses and tilts, it is clear that Mumbai doesn’t care about its ageing buildings, and ground reality shows that that includes our crumbling heritage structures.
While Flora Fountain, Cama Building and the Mulji Jetha Fountain got a much-needed fresh lease of life in 2016-17 (after how many decades of lying decrepit is a conversation for another time), there are many more in desperate need of restoration of their earlier shining glory. Work on Crawford Market and Town Hall has started, and we can just hope it doesn’t drag on for years.
These two, however, are among the lucky few, as several other dilapidated ones are desperately waiting for attention.
Puglia — the heel in Italy’s boot — is a sumptuous and unspoilt region famed for its trullo villages, dramatic caves and coastline, and baroque cities; a place where local artisans work their magic in vineyards, workshops and restaurants.
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“I was delighted to hear I would be heading back to Italy to work on a project for the National Geographic Traveller Festival. Whilst I’ve worked in many of the North’s powerhouse cities, I’ve not had the opportunity to discover Puglia, with its reputation for being a charming and laid-back region, slightly off the beaten track.
“My first stop was a small inland town called Alberobello. It’s famous for its trulli, small dry stone buildings with conical roofs intended to keep residents cool in the hot summers, and it certainly lived up to its relaxed reputation!
The Italian Peninsula, or better known as Apennine Peninsula, is the central however the smallest peninsula out of the three largest peninsulas of Southern Europe. It has always been a great tourist attraction but what calls the attention of the travelers are not just the capital and the biggest cities anymore, but the small places by the coast with an outstanding charm and nature. If you are a food and wine lover, an adventurous and an explorer, you just simply cannot miss those three must visit places in Italy.
Alberobello is a small town which is a province of Bari, Southern Italy. It’s been famous over the year for its fairytale like Trulli huts, beehive-shaped houses made of limestone rocks. Its name derives from the primitive oak forest Arboris Belli, which means ‘’beautiful trees”. This town it’s a UNESCO world heritage since 1996.
Alberobello is a small town in the Apulia region of southern Italy, famous due to its remarkable trulli districts.These drywall, white-washed constructions with their iconic conical roofs were made a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1996, and have since made the town an interesting stop for tourists from around the world visiting Italy.Although it is only one of 51 sites of UNESCO in Italy alone, Alberobello’s trulli are a truly unique sight, creating a picturesque landscape of small and white and grey pyramidal huts amongst the old town’s narrow and winding streets and Mediterranean vegetation.
Though the mortarless building technique dates as far back as the Prehistoric era, most trulli in the town date from as early as c.1350, allowing visitors to be transported to another time. Many of them were built later however, under instructions from Count Gian Girolamo II.
Puglia in the heel of Italy’s famous “boot”, offers a slow pace, stunning beaches, great food, authentic villages, and wonderful year-round sunny weather.
Part of the charm of Puglia, Southern Italy’s rising star, is its slow approach to everyday life. Centuries old farmland are hemmed by a superb sun-bleached sandy coast and travellers looking for a little more authenticity, are spurning Tuscany’s frenetic vibe for the peaceful nature of this region.
So what does this beautiful region have to offer? Here are out top ten suggestions:
In the spur of Italy, Gargano is replete with beautiful fishing villages, dark and ancient forests inland, fine sandy beaches but also rugged cliffs, secret caves and picturesque coves. A perfect hub for eco-tourism and relax.
Naples, Capri, Sicily – these holiday destinations evoke a yearning for Italy in tourists. The area around Bari however is still untouched by tourism – something that is bound to change by 2019 at the latest.
“It’s best to arrive at midday,” our hotel owner informs us. Bari is a perfect starting point to discover the Apulia and Basilicata regions, which are in the “heel” of boot-shaped Italy. Even though over two million people pass through the city’s ferry port, Bari remains very much untouched by tourism and still adheres to the southern Italian rhythm of daily life. At midday the city belongs to visitors. Occasionally a cat will languidly gaze out from of a doorway, and once in a while you might spot a tourist or even two.