For this early summer family vacation I chose the Region of Puglia: what a great choice! Would never imagined to love this place so much and finding everything perfect in the Salento area: history, architecture, nature, food and wines, great sea and atmosphere.
We started sleeping in a Trullo in Alberobello, one of the 53 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Italy. The Trulli are the characteristic cone-roofed house; they are a genius example of architecture that is spontaneous, yet imperishable; to this day they are still used as homes. Alberobello, an inland village of the Province of Bari, is undoubtedly the Capital of the Trulli: its historic center is integrally constituted by these rather particular white, pyramidal structures that make it so famous and identifiable. Their shape is due to the economic conditions at the time: it was forbidden to build without the permission of king Ferdinand I of Aragon as he declared that peasants were not allowed to build permanent homes. Since the stones had no cement they could be taken apart and moved easily. The trullo we chose “Trullo dell’Antica Fileria”, is located in the same center of the town, walking distance from all the local attractions, finely restored and kindly attended by Sebastiano, the owner.
Not to be missed the “Trullo Sovrano“: it is definitely a good starting point to visit Alberobello from North to South. The Basilica of Medical Saints Cosma and Damiano, protectors of Alberobello, located in the near surroundings of the “Trullo Sovrano”. Casa D’Amore, the first building not being a trullo, a symbol of freedom from feudalism (1797). At the top of Monti is the famous Church of St. Antonio, built of stone and technique of the trulli
The landscape around Alberobello is charming and magical; it makes the town one of the most popular attractions in the region. Local handicrafts can be purchased around the old town, which include: local art, hand woven baskets, stone sculptures, ornaments made from local iron and handmade textiles. Alberobello has also a fantasic production of local wines and olive oils, and typical local dishes. Primitivo is one of Southern Italy’s leading red grapes whose origins date back to the 18th century and to the Dalmatian Coast, from where it was brought to Puglia. Recent research has revealed its kin to have also been shipped to California from Croatia to be renamed Zinfandell. The name Primitivo translates roughly as “early one” (there is an obvious link here with Tempranillo, which means the same thing in Spanish), and refers to the variety’s early-ripening nature. The other great regional wine is Negroamaro; Puglia’s Salento Peninsula is arguably the source of the finest Negroamaro wines, particularly those produced under the Salice Salentino DOC title.
Start the dinner with a glass of Primitivo and some “Taralli”, the local simple and tasty snack. Love it!!!
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