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Alberobello

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  • Day48

    Tonight was our last night in Alberobello so we decided to treat ourselves and we ended a fabulous day 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. We were full before we had finished our entree.

    Our mains arrived but unfortunately we were unable to finish them. 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 in Italy

    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. We even saw a pink one, the only coloured one we saw our entire time there. I couldn’t help but smile as we saw more and more Trulli houses and I was very excited that we were staying in one.

    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 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 were 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 and were very happy we had a few days here as our first day got very busy with tour groups arriving throughout the day. Being that it was a tourist destination 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 in the cutest town. We had an amazing three day stay in Alberobello.
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  • Day47

    Sightseeing in Alberobello

    October 15 in Italy

    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. According to tradition the priest, outraged by the spreading of Protestantism, decided to erect a new religious site as a symbol against the heresies and it was dedicated to Jesus Christ King of the Universe and to the saint from Padua, who by that time was known as “the Hammer of the Heretics”.

    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 to the traditional paintings in the other churches. These paintings had a real stylised feeling 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. The current building was built between 1882 and 1885, and it has a very stylistic feel.

    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, but it also hosted two important events in the history of the village: in 1785 it housed the relics of the Santissimi Medici, and it also housed 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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  • Day359

    Up and out around 10am, heading into town. This world heritage site are limestone houses, unique to this area. They're built as either cylinders or squares, with conical roofs and very uniform colours, making them very unusual!

    The town has two main districts of them, so we drove in, parked up and started wandering and filming. It's surprisingly touristy, and basically every trullo house was occupied by a souvenir shop! Apparently it's because lots of cruise ships call at the port of Bari, and this is only an hour's coach ride so it's a popular day-trip option (much better than exploring Bari for a day).

    We wandered up and down the narrow streets for a while, going in and out of some of the shops, but mainly not going in as we weren't really interested in buying tourist stuff. I found it interesting that they're built with limestone because this area has no water sources - they had to build big cisterns underground to trap rainwater, and used the remaining stones to build houses.

    And despite looking like "traditional" houses, most of them aren't more than a couple of hundred years old. Nobody really knows why they have the distinctive form either, though a popular theory is that the cone roof and no mortar meant it was easy to knock down (and then later rebuild) when tax inspectors came calling.

    Some houses are painted with religious symbols; mainly Christian, but some Buddhist and a few pagan ones as well which was interesting. I'm not sure why, and again the "tradition" actually seemed to be pretty recent.

    The other district of trulli houses on the other side of the city seemed to be much more for locals. Nobody around, no tourist shops, and actually largely deserted. Not quite as picturesque, but just as interesting to wander around. And probably a bit more atmospheric as well, without people constantly offering you the chance to step inside their shop, it's free and no obligation to buy!

    Anyway. Our host had recommended a particular restaurant for lunch which we went to - sat outside in the sunshine which promptly disappeared and left us shivering! The food was great though, we both had local pasta varieties (Shandos with ricotta and tomato, mine with mushroom and sausage), followed by a meat course (Shandos had pork fillet, I had local cheese wrapped in prosciutto). Bread, a drink and coffee/fruit for 16 euros each, not too bad!

    Did a little more wandering but we were basically done so headed back home and stayed in for the evening.
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  • Day358

    Day 359: East to Apulia

    February 8 in Italy

    Time to hit the road again! Left the apartment around 9am, grabbed a train to the central station and then the bus out to the airport. Yep, it's rental car time again!

    Pick up was a bit frustrating, because although we got through the paperwork quickly, the lady said to just wait out the front and they'd bring the car around. So we waited, and waited, and waited. The staff were of course just chatting away. Eventually I went over and enquired politely about which clown was running the circus, and was given the car. The car itself is fine (a Renault Captur), but the damage report had literally nothing marked on it! Three of the four wheel rims were heavily scratched, both mirrors had scratches, and three of the four corners of the car had scrapes on them as well. And the inside stunk of cigarettes, but there's not much I can do about that.

    Finally we were away, facing a long drive across the mountains to the south-east coast. Mostly freeway, and the drive was nice enough. Stopped at McDonalds for lunch since it's honestly just the easiest option when you're on a road trip. Italian restaurants and cafes aren't really set up for people driving past, you're more expected to sit down and take your time which can be really frustrating. So burgers it was.

    After about 3.5 hours of driving (and a 20 euro tollway charge!) we arrived at our apartment in Alberobello, south east of Bari, on the heel of the Italian boot. This area is famous for "trullo" houses - limestone houses with conical roof shapes and pinnacles. We're staying in a modern-ish one, attached to a newly built house. Our host wasn't around but her non-English-speaking mother welcomed us and showed us around. She thought I could speak Italian, but I got the gist of most of it - it's amazing how much even with zero effort you can learn just by immersion within a month or so.

    Tired from the long drive, we made a quick run to the supermarket for dinner and then stayed in for the rest of the afternoon/evening. We're staying on the edge of town, and will have a full day exploring tomorrow.
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  • Day58

    Bari und Alberobello

    June 21 in Italy

    Als erstes fahren wir in Bari in eine Fiat Werkstatt um das mit dem Kühler checken zu lassen. Unser Camper hat sich allerdings selbst geheilt und wir haben nach dem Tag an dem wir zu Fähre mussten kein Wasser mehr verloren. Nachdem wir dem italienischen Mechaniker dank Google Übersetzung (gibt es als App mit Spracheingabe und Konverationsmodus - einfach genial aber auch sehr lustig sich so zu unterhalten) unser Problem erklärt haben, kriecht er kurz unter das Auto. Er erklärt uns, dass wir einfach immer schön die Temperatur im Auge behalten und einmal am Tag den Wasserstand kontrollieren sollen. Wenn wir liegen bleiben sollen wir den ADAC rufen. Für mehr hat er eh keine Zeit. Super, Problem gelöst... oder halt auch nicht. Bei der Gelegenheit sehen wir, dass wir einen fetten Riss im Reifen haben. Bei genauerer Betrachtung stellen wir fest, daß die Straßen in Albanien dem kompletten Reifensatz den Rest gegeben haben. Somit haben wir jetzt zwar keinen reparierten Kühler aber einen Satz komplett neuer Reifen.
    Von Bari aus fahren wir nach Alberobello, wo wir einen Spaziergang durch die sehr schöne Altstadt machen und beim Weiterfahren noch eine Höhle anschauen.
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  • Day12

    Alberobello

    June 11 in Italy

    Gestern am Nachmittag sind wir in der Heimat der Trullos angekommen.
    Wir haben einen schönen, etwas abgelegenen Platz für das Wohnmobil bekommen und uns, statt bei Dämmerung in die Stadt zu laufen, Trullas gucken (ich habe Fotos der beleuchteten Rundhäuser gesehen, das sah richtig schön aus), häuslich eingerichtet und entschieden, den Ausflug auf den nächsten Tag zu verschieben und erst mal unser Grillgut aus dem Kühlschrank zu verarbeiten.
    Auf dem Platz davor ging das ja wegen der Mücken nicht. (Mann, waren das viele! 😲)

    Danach konnten wir noch bis spät in den Abend bei einer sensationellen Dämmerung draussen sitzen und Karten spielen.

    Auch hier in der Nähe hörte ich wieder diese speziellen Tierrufe, bei denen ich mir immer wie im Zoo vorkomme.
    Sie verfolgen uns bereits seit dem Gardasee.

    Da wir hier endlich mal funktionierendes WLan haben, musste ich im Netz nachschauen, ob meine Vermutung stimmt. (Der Mann wollte mir nicht glauben)
    Siehe da, es war wirklich ein Pfau. Der auf die Rufe aus dem Netz auch zu antworten schien. 😆
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