Today I am in Italy, a country that affects all the senses especially in autumn with its orange colors and the smell of truffles in the air.
This time, after spending three days in Rome, where I can go back a thousand times and never get sick of it, I decided to rent a car and explore the south of the country on a different journey from the usual. I left Rome without an itinerary and without a set hotel. I love traveling this way, do you? However, it’s not always possible. If it’s high season, the risk of not finding a nice hotel is huge (this has already happened to me in Key West on new year’s eve. What to know the outcome? I had to come back in the early morning to Miami! haha). But, getting back on the subject… Upon arriving in Alberobello, in Puglia, 500 kilometers from Rome, I fell hopelessly in love with “trulli” – those white houses in the form of cones, with stone roofs. So, I circled around the city to find and found the Le Alcove hotel with just 6 rooms, each one in a Trullo (in Italian, the plural of masculine words are done with “i” instead of “s”, therefore you say one trullo, two trulli). The result: I couldn’t go home, I stayed three days in the city which is very tiny and enjoyed every second. To start off, the hotel couldn’t be better, from the decor of the rooms to coffee in the morning. I recommend that you write down the name, it was a tremendous find! Alberobello is a Unesco World Heritage Site and is known as the Capital of the Trulli. No one knows the exact origin of these houses, although the name is associated with the former rural Roman tombs. Many have designs on the roofs that were symbols used to protect the families that dwelt there. There are approximately 1,400 trulli in Alberobello, being 1000 in a commercial area and 400 on the other side of the street used as housing. The city has a small downtown and wonderful restaurants, I recommend three. The La Cantina needs reservation because the chef cooks for a few tables a day and prepares everything in front of you. The Oricchiete, a pasts in ear format, is the most traditional of the region, with a meat and vegetable sauce. Absolutely delicious! It is located on Rua Vico Lippolis 8, the telefone is 080 4323473 or 347.7401588. Now the Pizzeria Il Guercio di Puglia is divine. My gosh! The pizza with a very light dough called pinsa is huge, rectangular, made with such delicacy that I ate a whole one by myself (how embarrassing!) Lastly, the Trullo D’oro is a nice place to drink wine and nibble on antipastos. Jot down these tips for when you are in the south of Italy, you won’t regret it!
Next week I will be in
Na semana que vem estarei na Romania and Hungary. Let me know which one of the two you would like me to talk about. Or Rome? Follow my journey through Instagram @blogviajarpelomundo and ask anything you are curious about!
XoXo and until next week.