Looking up to our cosy little studio supplied by Trullimania
Thanks to Ryan Air supplying a flight now from Malta to Bari, we were able to go for a lovely short break to visit the beautiful region of Puglia. This area lies just at the top of the heel of Italy - a region less known on the tourist map to more famous Tuscany and Abruzzo regions of Italy.
I was not surprised at the beauty of the area (having read up in great detail about it previously), but actually seeing it with one's own eye is, of course, a very different experience.
We arrived quite late in the evening and had to navigate our way down from Bari to Alberobello at night. We had some good directions given to us by our Trulli landlord, Flavio, but navigating badly lit and not very well signposted Italian roads at night made us take a few wrong turns making our 1 hour journey come close to 2 hours!
We were greeted very warmly by Flavio, Trulli renovator and owner of Trullimania. Greeting us with a lovely bottle of local red wine and loaded with information booklets and a Trullo souvenier - we could not have asked for more. The studio was lovely and warm (it was surprisingly very cold on our arrival) with its modern underfloor heating. It is compact but not at all cramped with a lovely large bathroom fitted with top quality fittings and lovely large shower. There was also a very useful little kitchenette area with fridge and 2 cooking rings. Very large comfy double bed and TV with all the local Italian stations on it. Flavio has more studios and larger 2/3 bedroomed Trulli aswell for families or friends travelling together.
Our accommodation was right at the heart of Alberobello with parking close by. The perfect setting and location to explore the town itself and the neighbouring towns and villages.
The nearby towns basically all have the old historic centre up on a hill with the modern parts of the town on the surrounds. The order of the day was parking where you can and just walking and exploring the fascinating windy narrow streets and admiring the architecture and views.
For the ramblers/walkers there are endless country lanes to explore with miles and miles of fields around.
Ofcourse there is then the food. Probably one of the most important items on OUR agenda! The food is just heaven with delicious local sheep cheese, hams, salamis and local speciality which is the collar of pork. The anti pasti are also delicious and for me the best part of the meal.
The only thing I would advise is to be careful about some of the local wine served in restaurants (the one that comes out of a large plastic bottle!) - it is a bit rough on the old stomach!!
Basically, a great place to visit though I don't think I would want to be there in the height of the tourist season - far too many people.
Places to visit in the immediate vicinity:
Polignano a Mare
Martina Franca (though not as clean and nice as other places)