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Alberobello

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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

  • 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

  • Day38

    Alberobello

    April 11 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 11 °C

    Alberobello est l'épicentre de la vallée des trullis. Ces habitations parsèment toute la région mais sont particulièrement concentrés dans cette ville. Malgré le côté exploitation touristique, la ballade s'avère très plaisante.
    Ce midi nous avons encore craqué pour la burrata accompagnée d'une planche de charcuterie et d'une autre de fromage. Sans oublier le bon petit verre de vin local et la bière artisanale pour faire passer le tout!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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  • Day46

    The Trulli of Alberobello

    October 14, 2018 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    This was one stop I was really looking forward to as I had seen Alberobello often listed on the cutest towns, most picturesque towns, nicest towns in Italy lists. And the drive today was one of the nicer drives we have done. The country side in this area of Italy is exactly what I imagined Tuscany to look like (but the parts we saw didn’t) with rolling hills, vineyards, olive groves and old stone farm houses. It was very pretty. One thing we did notice though was that a lot of the farm houses were abandoned, including some of the bigger estates, and yet the fields around them were all being farmed or were planted with grapes vines or olive trees. We wondered what had happened to the original farmers of the land.

    As we got closer to Alberobello more and more cute little Trulli houses appeared scattered amongst the fields and I couldn't help but smile as I was very excited we were going to be staying in one. We even saw a pink one, the only coloured one we saw our entire time there.

    Alberobello is undoubtedly the Capital of the Trulli with its historic centre, Zona dei Trulli, an Unesco World Heritage Site with a dense mass of 1500 beehive-shaped houses, white-tipped as if dusted by snow. While many are now used for tourist accommodation, shops and restaurants, there are many that are still lived in today. In fact an 86 year old lady still lives in her trulli house next to the shop our host owned. Daniela’s (our host) grandparents used to live in the level below ground with their chickens in the trulli house she now uses for her shop. Her partner now uses the downstairs to display and sell his model trulli houses while the upstairs is the accommodation office and the shop that sells pasta, snacks and local wine.

    The first trulli settlements, date as far back as the Bronze Age, while the trulli still intact today go back to 1350AD. Legend has it that the Trullo’s dry-wall construction, without mortar, was imposed on new settlers so that they could dismantle their shelters in a hurry, an efficient means to evade taxes on new settlements under the Kingdom of Naples, and certainly a good way to deter unruly lords. Yet most historians agree that this building technique came about due to the area’s geographical conditions, abundant with the limestone in these constructions.

    The domed roofs of the trulli are embellished with decorative pinnacles that represent the signature of the master trullaro who made or restored it. And some Trullo have symbols painted in white on the roofs. These are religious and mystical symbols that provide protection for the inhabitants.

    Our hostess, Daniela, was lovely and made us feel very welcome. She was concerned though when meeting us that the Trulli house we had booked might be too small for us. I’m sure we’ve put some weight on on this trip but I didn’t think we were that big!! She showed us the house we had booked and let us decide, and while it was very cute, it was in fact quite small. Luckily she had a bigger one available which was perfect for our three day stay. It wasn’t as cute as the smaller one but it was still very charming while being more practical.

    We stayed right in the Trulli zone and couldn’t wait to get out and explore. Unfortunately when we arrived it was a bit overcast but thankfully the next day began with brilliant blue skies that contrasted beautifully against the white tips of the trulli houses.

    We enjoyed exploring the cobblestone lanes while admiring the Trullo. Being that it was a tourist destination for cruise ships most of the Trullo shops sold tourist items, a lot of which were quite tacky. But there was a great vibe with buskers playing music, entertaining people as they explored the site.

    I loved this town and I loved walking the lanes, daytime and night. We had a fabulous host and excellent accommodation and an amazing three day stay in Alberobello.
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  • Day47

    Sightseeing in Alberobello

    October 15, 2018 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    We had a lazy lie in today before hitting the streets to explore the sights of Alberobello. First stop was the Trulli church, Chiesa Sant'Antonio, the only Trulli church in the world. The church was built in the space of 14 months and was opened to the public on 13th June 1927.

    The church is built using the same technique as for the trullo, with a few modern tactics. The central dome is 19.80 metres high and the skylight accentuates it even further by another 3.20 meters. The interior is very simple raw stone and the only touch of colour is visible on the wall of the high altar, completely covered by a fresco dating back to the 20th century depicting Christ Pantocrator surrounded by saints.

    Next we made our way through the maze of trulli huts to the other side of the main street where there are fewer trulli huts and the majority of which are lived in by permanent residents. Here we visited the Alberobello Basilica of Santissimi Medici Cosmos and Damiano, yes another church. This was a much simpler cathedral to those we have visited in the past and the art work was very different. These paintings had a real stylised feel to them and were a bit monotone in colour. I liked that they were different to the norm.

    The basilica stands on a site which during the 17th century was occupied by a rural chapel named after the Madonna delle Grazie. It was later dedicated to the Santi Cosma and Damiano, patrons of the town and the current building was built between 1882 and 1885.

    We then visited the largest trulli hut in the town, Trullo Sovrano. Built during the first half of the 18th century, it is the only trullo with a raised floor and because of this it is called "sovrano" (Italian for monarch, king). Its measurements are extraordinary, with the dome 14 metres high, a sign of the great dry stone building skills reached by the trulli masters.

    During the course of the centuries the trullo was used not only as a private home, it also in 1785 it housed the relics of the Santissimi Medici in 1785 and for 14 years the oratory of the Confraternita del Ss. Sacramento.

    Because of its architectonic peculiarity the building was declared a National Monument in 1930.

    After a fun morning of sightseeing we decided to try our Italian/English at the local supermarket and bought some delicious local cheese, meat, salad and biscuits to enjoy for lunch back at our trulli. Great decision as the weather had turned and the skies were getting grey. We enjoyed a very relaxing afternoon, resting our feet, reading and snoozing. A great way to spend a cooler overcast afternoon.
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