Apulian holidays (1)

When I have been travelling I take the liberty to “forget” about Paris for a while and make some "reporting" about the new places I have visited. For a couple of years, together with kids and grand-kids, we rent a place somewhere to spend a few summer weeks together. This year we opted for an Italian region where we had not yet been – La Puglia (Apulia), more or less the heel of the Italian boot.

The first pictures are from the city of Bari – where I landed - and spent only a few hours.

In the oldest part of the town, you find the Basilica di San Nicola, built during the 11th and 12th centuries with some Byzantine influence. As many other churches in the region, there is a fantastic ceiling, added during the 17th century in baroque style.  

The Bari Cathedral dates from the 12th and 13th centuries. The underground crypt has later been added in baroque style.

A little glimpse of the house we had rented, close to the little city of Carovigno. Surrounded by olive and almond trees – as large parts of the region - the building has been added to some old “trulli”. (One “trullo” – my sleeping room - can be seen on one of the pictures. There is another one behind a tree).

A “trullo” is a traditional dry stone hut with a conical roof, typical for the region. The highest concentration of “trulli” is to be found in the little town of Alberobello – see also top picture. There are totally some 1500 of them, the majority (including a church) can be found on one side of the main street, named “Monti”. Most of them are now shops.

On the other side of the street, named “Aia Piccola”, much less touristic, the “trulli” are still living quarters.

I will be back with more information about the other red spots on the map below.   


Virginia said...

Another fabulous chapter in the Olson Family Fun adventures! Puglia is the spot that our friend Carla Coulson gets to every chance she gets. It's a beautiful region Peter! More photos stp.

French Girl in Seattle said...

Photos et paysages superbes, Peter. Question: Même si la maison est magnifique, comment peut-on quitter la charmante ville de Bari après juste quelques heures? Je comprends l'attrait de la campagne, et du village de Hobbits - pardon - des Trulli d' Alberobello - mais elle a l'air sympa, cette petite ville? Je te taquine. C'est la citadine qui parle. Excellent premier chapitre. J'attends les autres avec impatience. Veronique (French Girl in Seattle)

Cezar and Léia said...

Buongiorno caro,
Winderful place! I like a lot those roofs and I hope to visit this Italian region some day.

Jilly said...

How fabulous all this is. I LOVE Puglia as you know. But so many trulli in one place is extraordinary and you are sleeping in your very own trullo. What a wonderful set of images. Continued enjoyment of your annual holiday with the family, dear Peter xxx

claude said...

Merci de nous faire partager tes vacances italiennes.
Très curieuse et typique la ville aux toits coniques.

Bob Alescio said...

Wow, Peter, it must have been wonderful. I have to get out more. Thanks for letting us in a new, different, and fascinating place.

lyliane six said...

bel endroit typique bonnes vacances

Shammickite said...

Wonderful! What a beautiful place with all those conical roofs.

Anonymous said...

Glad to know you had such a fantastic holiday!
Superb photos as usual.
Mil gracias.

Jeanie said...

Be careful, Peter, or you will inspire us all to hit the "tip of the boot" instead of Paris! I'm not sure that would happen but with photos like this and such beautiful and interesting territory, it could! Love the remarkable architecture. Nice!

Harriet said...

What interesting architecture! Thanks for sharing.