Exploring Puglia

15 Nov

Our day began with a wonderful, light breakfast at Masseria Aprile, a charming agriturismo just outside of Locorotondo.

20111115-174338.jpg

20111115-174350.jpg

20111115-174400.jpg

The proprietress gave us a brief history of the masseria or farm that belongs to her family. It is still a working farm but some of the buildings have been converted into rooms for guests of the B&B. Her husband gave us a brief explanation of the history and construction of the trulli that are characteristic of this area.

After breakfast we headed for Alberobello, a nearby town whose historic center, made up entirely of trulli, is a UNESCO World Heritage site. We seemed to be the only visitors in town, as this is low season. Alberobello is full of charm despite the numerous souvenir shops displaying their wares outside the entrances of the trulli.

20111115-175257.jpg

20111115-175322.jpg

20111115-175344.jpg

20111115-175352.jpg

We decided to make our way to Ostuni, a nearby town known for its profusion of whitewashed buildings. Our first mission when we arrived in the city center was to find a place to eat. Not as easy a a task as we had thought. Most all restaurants, trattorie, cafes, bars and shops were closed due to November ferie (holidays). We ended up at one of the only cafes that was open and we each had a panino. Simple but delicious fare. As we sat eating our panini the skies opened and poured down. We whiled away our time until the rain ended and then decided to head back to Masseria Aprile for a rest. luckily our search for a place to eat had taken us through most of the picturesque streets in town.

20111115-180155.jpg

20111115-180206.jpg

20111115-180221.jpg

The drive back was scenic as we passed one olive grove after another. When a rainbow made an appearance Vince pulled the car to the side of the road and we all jumped out to take pics.

20111115-180426.jpg

We arrived back at Masseria at dusk. The light was simply beautiful. The farm animals were out and about so another photo session ensued.

20111115-180612.jpg

20111115-180628.jpg

20111115-180639.jpg

20111115-180706.jpg

This evening we’ll have dinner in Locorotondo. And tonight I shall dream of returning to this thoroughly enchanting corner of Italy for further exploration.

Advertisements

10 Responses to “Exploring Puglia”

  1. hereandthere40_Lucas Rokosz November 15, 2011 at 7:31 pm #

    Very well put together. Photos and naration made me feel as though I was right there with you. Thanks for taking the time to share. -Lucas

  2. Domenica November 15, 2011 at 7:34 pm #

    Lenora, this is a terrific photo study of the day. I love the cow pic!

  3. Karen November 15, 2011 at 9:14 pm #

    Thank you for the lovely visit to a part of Italy that I have not visited yet.

    • Lenora Genovese November 15, 2011 at 11:54 pm #

      My pleasure Karen. Hope you get to visit some day.

  4. Debra Kolkka November 15, 2011 at 9:33 pm #

    We went to Puglia a couple of years ago. Parts of it are lovely, but there are some truly awful industrial towns down there and some of the worst roads and drivers in all of Italy.

    • Lenora Genovese November 15, 2011 at 11:57 pm #

      Hi Debra. I saw some of the awful side of Puglia some years back and am glad I got to see the flip side on this visit. I guess every place has both good and bad aspects.

  5. jody November 15, 2011 at 10:00 pm #

    Lenora, Love the picture of the green grass and tress with the pink sky.

    • Lenora Genovese November 15, 2011 at 11:58 pm #

      Hi Jody! Yeah, the sky was an amazing color this evening as the sun set.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: