Alberobello, Italy – the country from the fairytales

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This is not a story like “10 places you should visit before you die”. It is a real personal story about my honeymoon trip to South Italy in 2014 that started in the fascinating village of Alberobello. I like sharing what I have seen and tried so this is a story about a journey I really want to share with you. 

Buona giornata, Italia!

The narrow road winds among fields colored by some yellow flowers and beautiful red poppies. Grey clouds were hanging over us. Maybe they were wondering if it is time for rain or it is better to wait for this young couple to get out of the car for a better flood. We were at our honeymoon in South Italy on our way to the beautiful and famous small town of Alberobello.

Let’s say some words about it our trip. We had wanted for a long time to go to South Italy. We had bought a travel guide a year ago but we hadn’t had the opportunity to do it. So our honeymoon that year appeared the perfect time to go there. So this was our journey – reckless, slowly, spending every night in a different Italian town and having lunch on different places. Sometimes they were nice, sometimes boring. I will tell you about this journey now…

Alberobello, Puglia

This small town Alberobello is full of cute houses looking like white trees with dark crowns, known like “trulli”. On the way to this beautiful place we passed through a few villages with the same houses but we weren’t tempted to stop in. We were excited to see the big attraction, so we were hurrying to arrive before the rain had started. In Alberobello we stopped just behind the big cathedral (La Basilica Minore dei Santi Cosma e Damiano) and started our little walk in this white town.

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Alberobello, Puglia

Alberobello, Puglia

We were stepping forward on the coblestone lanes in this amazing place. My first desire was to see the area from the top of a “trullo”.  We found a hospitable shop where we were invited to go upstairs and take a look from the roof. An amazing grey-white view uncovered in front of us. The woman in the shop was very kind and offered us taralli – Italian snack foods.

From the top of a “trullo”

From the top of a “trullo”

On the top of Alberobello

On the top of Alberobello

 

From the rooftops

We spent a long time on the panoramic terrace enjoying the incredible beauty of the trulli. Most of the rooftops have their own white painting – a magical symbol. I couldn’t understand what these symbols mean but they looked like being important for their owners. The shopkeeper in the trullo was very kind to show us where to eat the best Panini. It wasn’t raining yet but it was to start any moment.

Alberobello

Alberobello

The Magic signs

The Magic signs

 

My favourite rain

In a bar on the central square we had the best Panini ever. And it started raining. It was a wonderful spring rain but only if you are not outside. But the rain made the streets among the houses empty and I was happy to take photos of empty streets. I wasn’t scared of getting wet. I also had a very nice Serbian yellow umbrella but it was in the car. After all I ran to the car to take it but it stopped raining. But the yellow umbrella is still very nice.

Alberobello

Alberobello

Rainy town of Alberobello

Rainy town of Alberobello

Alberobello

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Alberobello is a magnificent place especially if you go during the low season. It’s calm and somehow different. And our journey was just beginning.

Alberobello, Italy

View of Alberobello, Italy

We spent just a couple of hours in Alberobello, before heading to our next destination – Matera where we had our first Italian dinner and the best ice cream. Then we continued to Naples, Pompeii and Sicilly, before going back to Bulgaria. It was really an incredible journey, read our other posts, too.

Alberobelo, Andrey and Maria

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Some advises and ideas for traveling through South Italy by car from Bulgaria (valid for May which is a kind of low season)

  • In Italy only few people speak English
  • In South Italy the roads are good, some of highways are paid.
  • In Alberobello there is a paid parking zone but also a free zone. Parking is easy.
  • In Matera there is a free parking zone with just a few spots but parking is still possible
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