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.