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Alberobello

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  • Day5

    Alberobello / Bari

    September 25 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    Im Hafen von Bari angekommen machten wir uns erstmal auf den Weg nach Alberobello in das wunderschöne Städtchen Trulli.
    Die einzigartige Bauweise der kleinen Häuschen ist auf eine spannende Geschichte zurück zu führen.
    Da der damalige Lehnsherr Steuern sparen wollte, befahl er seinen Pächtern diese Art des Häuserbaus. Das Besondere war, dass das Dach durch das wegnehmen eines einzigen Steines zusammenbrach und so, bei einem Besuch des Steuereintreibers, nur die Mauern übrig blieben und Steuern nur dann zu verrichten waren, wenn die Familien ein Dach über dem Kopf hatten.

    Zurück in Bari, erkundeten wir die Altstadt mit seinen verschiedenen Kirchen und der bekannten Basilika von San Nicola.
    Ein Besuch der berühmten Nudelstraße, in der die Pasta noch in traditioneller Handarbeit hergestellt wird rundetet unseren Aufenthalt in Bari ab.
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  • Day48

    Alberobello - beautiful tree (& houses!)

    May 18 in Italy ⋅ 🌬 14 °C

    After a ‘tense’ drive into the town centre (hungry children/policeman moving us on when we stop to look at the map!), we find a spot to camp right next to the famous Trulli site. There’s definitely a Saturday buzz in the little town, we wander through the world heritage site, these buildings are amazing.

    Built with little cone roofs in the 15th century - so that the poorer people that lived in these parts could find out when the tax men were coming, remove the top stone meaning the roofs collapsed and avoid the house taxes - with no roof, they weren’t houses after all. They could then rebuild the ‘mushroom roofs’ as Amelia called them, in just one day.

    Many of the little buildings are now shops, ice cream shops and cafes, as you go into each, you can still see where bedrooms, kitchen stoves and living areas would have been. We find a souvenir shop in what was the smallest house in the area..a tiny corner building where a family of 7 once lived.

    We enjoy a pizza (although Nic managed to order one with iceberg lettuce on?!) and wine (lots...in case is noisy where we’re staying!) and get a good nights sleep before we visit again the next morning for breakfast ice cream!

    Many of the tiny shops are full of good quality items, and everything we’ve found in this town has been so reasonably priced for world heritage. It’s been a lovely visit!
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  • Day65

    Alberobello

    May 28 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    We got there eventually and I’m glad we made the effort, we bought our online tickets and waited early at the first bus stop only for bus to go sailing past us even though I was waving at him, next bus was hour later but we went to different stop after visiting tourist information. Great got this one but it only went half way to destination and the connecting bus that the website listed was for some reason not happening, eventually well after 45 mins hanging around we found another stop that had an early connection so walked to the train station, no trains only buses! So we arrived Alberobello an hour and a half later than planned so visit was a bit rushed and we were nervous about getting back. But our afternoon was lovely we first went to the less visited Trulli near the cathedral before lunch and then main tourist area houses are lovely and on our bus ride to the town we could see that many homes had been built around and over Trulli. Here are just a few of the photos I took.Read more

  • Day7

    Alberobello, Hauptstadt der Trulli

    June 18 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    Gleich am Morgen steuern wir Alberobello im Valle d' Itria an, die Hauptstadt der Trulli und UNESCO Weltkulturerbe. Wir rechnen touristenmassenmäßig mit dem Schlimmsten, doch der im Reiseführer beschriebene Parkplatz mit Shuttle zum Zentrum ist leer. Wir wagen uns also näher ans Zentrum, parken neben einigen wenigen Autos und machen uns auf, die berühmten Trulli, Wahrzeichen Apuliens zu besichtigen.
    Trulli sind Rundbauten aus Naturstein mit spitz zulaufenden Steinschindeldächern, die ihren Ursprung im 17. Jahrhundert haben sollen. Ein Anwesen besteht aus mehreren Trulli, wobei jeder Trullo (so die Einzahl) eine spezielle Funktion besitzt.
    Die Trulli im Zentrum Alberobellos wirken ein wenig wie ein Freilichtmuseum, wir nehmen an, dass die Bewohnerinnen und Bewohner den Touristenläden gewichen sind. Wir können allerdings auch nicht widerstehen und kaufen einen kleinen Trullo, klarerweise handgefertigt vom Meister selbst!
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  • Day4

    Alberobello

    June 15 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 32 °C

    Die ganze Altstadt voller bezaubernder kleiner Trullis. Souvenierstände, Galerien und Restaurants beherbergend. Trotz Touristen nicht überlaufen. Und bis in den Abend hinein wunderschön zum Flanieren und Entdecken. Auch wenn die Kids zwischendurch mit Eis und einem Papa-Spielplatz-Besuch bei Laune gehalten werden mussten...Read more

  • Day2

    Porzellan vs. Plastik

    September 29 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    Unsere erste Nacht in der Villa Marcese, von außen Villa und von ihnen Sollala endet gegen 8.30 Uhr. Die Sonne lacht durch die kleinen Fenster dieses alten Gebäudes, das seinen Charme durch das Interrieur der 70-er Jahre leider eingebüßt hat. Auch der Frühstückssaal, ein großzügiges schönes Gewölbe, aber dennoch uncharmanter Saal, begrüßt uns mit gedeckten Tischen. Das Plastikgeschirr erweckt meine Aufmerksamkeit. Plastikteller mit 12cm Durchmesser! Das ist nicht deren ernst! Die Kinder versuchen, mir den Umtauschversuch auszureden. Peinliche Blicke folgen mir auf dem Weg in die Küche. Nein, mit hässlichen Stühlen und Tischen kann ich leben, aber bei Microplastiktellern und -bechern schaltet meine Ampel auf Rot. Freundlich fragend schaue ich den italienischen Frühstücksbereiter an. Mit deutlichen Gesten und einer noch deutlicheren Frage "Are you serious?" erkläre ich ihm meinen Wunsch nach "NoPlastik" Geschirr. Zähneknirschend verständnisvoll werden die Teller unseres Tisches getauscht! Geht doch! Die Kinder sind der Meinung, ich hätte es jetzt komplett versaut! Jetzt hasst er uns die nächsten 3 Tage. Ich feiere meinen Teller. Andere Gäste scheinen sich an dieser Microplastik nicht zu stören.
    Nach unserem reichhaltigem Frühstück fahren wir in wärmendem Sonnenschein in das kleine Städtchen Alberobello und schleichen durch die Trulligäschen. Trotzdem wir uns in Wiesbaden mit Freude von den regnerischen 13 Grad verabschiedet haben, stöhnen die Kinder nach 2h Spaziergang im Sonnenschein. "Zu warm" Unglaublich! Nach einem kurzen Stopp am mittelprächtigen Stand von Monopoli fahren wir zurück in unser Häuschen. Am späten Nachmittag erwarten uns hier gepflegte lange Weile und anschließend Pasta mit einheimischen Kräutern;-)
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  • Day7

    Bari

    May 30 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    Nach einstündiger Fahrt von Alberobello sind wir dann noch ein wenig durch Bari gelaufen. Der Hungerast hat uns in eine Sulmeria getrieben. Dort haben wir jeder ein riesiges frisch zubereitetes Baguette gegessen, das hat geschmeckt allerdings auch etwas getropft. Die Hose von Robby hat etwas abbekommen ( die Flecken sind zu Hause raus gegangen). Gestärkt ging es dann auf die Suche nach der Kathedrale des Heiligen Nikolaus. Diese haben wir gefunden und besichtigt und dann sind zurück aufs Schiff.Read more

  • Day14

    Valle d'Itria

    September 17 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    No breakfast at Casa Q but self serve nespresso, yoghurt and cornflakes.
    First stop Polignano a Mare was beautiful though hot, crowded and rather large.
    Then Alberobello which as expected was extremely touristy but worth seeing over a thousand trulli with mortar free pointy roofs.
    Very hot and humid but enjoyed a fresca panini of proscuitto, white mozzarella and pomodore and then an esspresso on ice.Read more

  • Day15

    Alberobello, Trulli Wonderful

    April 15 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

    Nothing could have prepared me for the uniqueness of our next stop, Alberobello, not to mention its cuteness factor.

    As we approached the town, we began seeing some examples of what we came here for: the trulli of Puglia.

    Trulli have been around for many hundreds of years, though the oldest surviving ones date back only to the 16th century.

    One of the most common theories for the origin of the Trullo involves the tax laws of 17th Century Italy. It is known that the nobility of the time imposed heavy taxes on any permanent structure. Thus, the theory goes that the peasant families, not able to bear the burden of this tax, built their dwellings so that they could be literally demolished at a moment’s notice! Because a conical roof depends largely on the ‘topmost’ stone to prevent the roof from caving in, the peasant owner was able to literally demolish their house simply by removing this stone. Imagine the taxman's surprise when he arrived at Locorotondo, Alberobello or Fasano, only to find mounds of rubble and virtually no houses! As soon as the inspectors went away, the trulli would spring up again and the locals would move back in!

    A typical trullo has a cylindrical base with a cone-shaped limestone-tiled roof. Originally built without cement, their thick white-painted stone walls ensured coolness in the summer and warmth in the winter. The roof was often painted with an evil eye, a cross, or an astronomical symbol, topped off with an ornamental flourish. In more recent times, the use of mortar is commonplace.

    Walking through the streets, surrounded by these odd little buildings, I was half expecting to run into Smurfette or Papa Smurf, such is the fairy tale feeling of this place.
    We visited the sovereign trullo, which is the only two-storey building with a staircase built into it. The woman working there gave us quite a history lesson, describing how it is believed the design of these buildings originated with the Turkish prisoners who were put to work following their capture during one of the many battles that took place at the time. Unfortunately, there are a lot of different versions as to who dreamed them up, and without any accurate written record, it’s impossible to know which one is true.

    Although they are not exclusive to this city, in Alberobello alone, there are more than eighteen hundred trulli, one of which Brenda and I called home for a night.

    In order to support the enormous weight of the stone roof, numerous arches are built into the walls to distribute the load. Of course, this fact, combined with the shorter average height of the medieval residents, made for a stay fraught with the danger of my head impacting the structure. Naturally, within ten minutes of our arrival, I struck the door frame on the way out, and I have the scar to prove it. The shower stall made for another vertical challenge.

    Other than the constant fear of concussing myself and the contortions required to shower, our stay was delightful, and we could virtually imagine what life might have been like here hundreds of years ago.

    We ended our evening with a wonderful dinner at Casa Nova restaurant, whose staff went to great lengths to accommodate Brenda’s gluten intolerance.

    Any visit to Puglia would not be complete without a visit to this magical place.
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  • Day48

    Ristorante L'Aratro, Alberobello

    October 16, 2018 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    Tonight was our last night in Alberobello so we decided to treat ourselves with a very delicious dinner at Ristorante L’Aratro. It is a 2018 Michelin recognised restaurant and is in a traditional Trulli hut dating back to the 1400s.

    It was amazing inside with a maze of rooms that opened up onto a enclosed patio area. The staff were very friendly and attentive and the food was amazing. Domenico Laera, owner and chef, opened Ristorante L'Aratro on 4th February, 1987. His dream was to let people know what his parents and grandparents have been handing down to their children - the love and passion for one's own land. I'd say his dream has come true.

    We thought we’d share an entree and luckily we did as it was 5 courses! Beautiful local vegetables, cheeses, meat, seafood and even tripe. Thankfully Brad ate my share of the tripe because it was disgusting. Our entree just kept coming and coming and coming and we were full before our mains even arrived.

    The food was delicious as was the local wine. I have really enjoyed the Italian wines, especially from this region. The maître de served us limoncello to finish off the meal and the chef/owner even came to the table to see how our meal was. He was a character with his bright apron, scarf and braces. He even agreed to have a photo with us.

    It was the perfect end to our very enjoyable stay in Alberobello.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Alberobello, ألبيروبيلو, Алберобело, Αλμπερομπέλο, آلبروبلو, אלברובלו, Ալբերոբելլո, アルベロベッロ, ალბერობელო, Альберобелло, Silva Alborelli, Alberobelas, Alberobellu, 阿尔贝罗贝洛

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