Alberobello, Puglia

Alberobello is one of the most enigmatic places of Italy’s heel. This UNESCO’s World Heritage listed-town boasts over 1500 trulli, distinctive dry-stone and whitewashed dwellings with conic roofs, preserved and protected by UNESCO as “exceptional marks of a disappeared civilization”.

This village is charmingly located in the Valle d’Itria, a rolling green valley criss-crossed by dry-stone walls, vineyards, almond and century-old olive groves.

Once there, you’d take the chance to visit Locorotondo, famous for its impressive white wines and centro storico’s narrow alleyways, and finally Cisternino an appealing, whitewashed, slow-paced hilltop town. After exploring the amazing historic centre and kasbahlike knot of streets, perhaps you may follow the locals at a typical “Fornello”, a boutique butchery-bistro, to enjoy ready-to-go roast or grilled meat.

If you are a pasta lover, Cisternino is a gastronomic “Mecca, where you to enjoy, among other things, the famous regional specialty “orecchiette cime di rapa”, that is hands-on pasta with local green turnips. Simply fabulous.

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