Us at Alberobello in Puglia, Italy
Us at Alberobello in Puglia, Italy

The last 2 days have been spent pottering around some of the local towns of the area. Here we are in Alberobello, the most famous of the trulli towns, where there are literally hundreds of them and the town has UNESCO heritage status. Simply wonderful, nowhere like it in the world. We also went to Locorotondo, a gorgeous hilltop town with lots of baroque influenced architecture. It often feels like we are in Turkey or Greece with the architecture, rather than Italy.

We were meaning to visit Ostuni this morning, but had the first mishap of the trip with a poor carsick S. Would have been a miracle really if we had made it through without any chucking! So it was back home to clean up the car seat and we spent the rest of the day poolside. She’s now sorted touch wood with travel sick bands and homeopathic remedies. Tonight after dinner we went into Cisternino for a gelato, up there with the best so far – fig & panacotta for me, to die for!!

Locorotondo
Pretty whitewashed Locorotondo

 

Locorotondo church
Locorotondo church

 

Locorotondo
J checking out the remains of the first church on the site at Locorotondo, dating back to 1100. Note Thomas the Tank Engine, circa 2014 AD, also checking out the ruins.
Morning tea at Locorotondo which mainly consisted of nutella flavoured cake!
Morning tea at Locorotondo which mainly consisted of nutella flavoured cake!

 

Alborobello church
The church at Alberobello. S is still besotted with them, and I have come clean about what REALLY happened to Jesus, the paintings and statues are so graphic! She is quite obsessed with it all.

 

Alborobello
Alborobello – some of the roofs had Christian symbols painted onto them

 

We finally made it to Ostuni!!
We finally made it to Ostuni!!

 

Beautiful ceiling of the church at Ostuni
Beautiful ceiling of the church at Ostuni

 

Ostuni
Beautiful Ostuni

 

More morning tea. Becoming quite a habit...
More morning tea. Becoming quite a habit…

Our last days in Puglia were spent visiting the seaside towns of Polignano a Mare and Monopoli (yes like the board game). Really cute little towns bordering the Adriatic Sea.

The boys checking out an ape in Polignano e Mare
The boys checking out an ape in Polignano a Mare

 

Polignano a Mare
Polignano a Mare

 

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Amazing octopus salad for lunch
Amazing octopus salad for lunch

 

Yum
Yum

 

Rice and seafood is a speciality of the area
Rice, potato and seafood is a speciality of the area

 

The cathedral at Monopoli
The cathedral and quaint streets of Monopoli

 

The beach at Monopoli
The beach at Monopoli

 

Monopoli
Monopoli

 

We really loved our time in Puglia, it was very different and a lot more rustic than anywhere we’ve been in Italy before. We didn’t see many other tourists either, people were quite fascinated by us and the ’24 hour plane ride to get there with 2 small kids’ thing – one shopkeeper gave me a series of ‘brava, brava, brava’ when she asked how far it was ha ha.

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