Bari – A City Worth Exploring at Leisure in Puglia, Italy – Day 1

Our last destination in the Puglia region was the city of Bari.  Bari is a little less than an hour away from Alberobello by car, which is really the best way to travel in this section of Italy.  Even though we had a bit of a problem getting started (the first driver who was assigned…

Alberobello – Italy’s City of Trulli – Day 4

The Basilica Santuario dei Santi Cosma e Damiano is the main church of Alberobello.  Even though the building of the basilica was begun in 1700, the structure was not entirely finished until 1966.  In 1785, the relics of the two saints, who were twin brothers, were moved here from Rome.  Brought to Alberobello at that…

Alberobello – Italy’s City of Trulli – Day 3 – Part 2

On Via Generale Diaz, you will find the Biblioteca Parrocchiale “Domenico Morea,” named after the priest and scholar who was born in Alberobello, and who went on to turn the nearby city of Conversano into the “Athens of Italy.” A plaque on a facade marks the house where Don Peppino Contento lived, while in Alberobello….

Alberobello – Italy’s City of Trulli – Day 3 – Part 1

We began our third day in Alberobello exploring the area we were staying in: Rione Aia Piccola.  Again, this is a slightly less commercialized zone of trulli.  It borders on the more modern section of the city, and thus, it is not as attractive to the average tourist, as Rione Monti is.  I found it…

Alberobello – Italy’s City of Trulli – Day 2 – Part 2

A plaque marks the house where the Italian engineer, Nicola Armando Agrusti, lived for eighty-three years. Another plaque marks the house where Father Marco Antonio Lippolis lived, who was a much loved priest of the city, and was responsible for the building of the Chiesa di Sant’Antonio di Padova, in Alberobello. Our next stop was…

Alberobello – Italy’s City of Trulli – Day 2 – Part 1

Our first stop, on our second day in Alberobello, was located only a short walk from the apartment: The Museo Del Territorio.  This structure, made up of a palazzo with a few trulli  incorporated into it, had been the home of Giacomo Pezzola, a doctor from the city.   At the time, it was considered one…

Alberobello – Italy’s City of Trulli – Day 1 – Part 3

Walking through these streets that are lined with trulli, it is still possible to imagine what the area was like, before being invaded by tourists.  Every now and then, one catches a glimpse of something that will take the person looking at it back in time!  For example, I saw a well partially hidden, in…

Alberobello – Italy’s City of Trulli – Day 1 – Part 2

Near the belvedere, you will find Piazza del Popolo.  This is the main square of the city.  In it is the Monumento ai Caduti, which pays tribute to those who lost their lives in World War I. Directly in front of the monument is the Palazzo Comunale.  Today, this palazzo houses the municipal police, as…

Alberobello – Italy’s City of Trulli – Day 1 – Part 1

Our next destination was the fairy-tale city of Alberobello!  Now, Alberobello is only 9.5 miles away from Martina Franca, and so it is just a fifteen-minute drive.  Many people fit Alberobello into their vacation itineraries as a day trip, a place that they stop in for a few hours, tour a few of the more…