Puglia is a region of Italy across from Campania that encompasses the heel of the boot. For our Easter weekend break, we decided to take the quick drive over and explore the northern portion including Ostuni, Alberobello, and Polignano a Mare. Puglia has certainly become my favorite region in Southern Italy. It is dotted with traditional Trulli houses which give the landscape a magical feel. My husband and I both mentioned that it was like stepping into the book The Hobbit.
We chose to stay at a Trulli agriturismo a couple kilometers outside of Ostuni. The grounds were exquisite. The Trulli were nestled in an olive grove and dotted with flowering trees, cypress, and lavender. Staying in a Trullli was a little different than I imagined. We had our own little house with a bedroom, living room and private bath and shared a kitchen with the rest of the agriturismo. It was very much like “glamping.” The houses are damp and musty but being surrounded by gorgeous nature made up for it.
Ostuni, nicknamed the white city, has been inhabited since the stone age. It was close to our Trulli hotel and is the perfect half-day stop. We typically do not book tours but they had quick golf cart city tours and the girls were excited to go for a ride. After a few hours of exploring and stopping for photos, we headed to Alberobello.
Alberobello is a UNESCO world heritage site and the most popular tourist attraction in Puglia. That said, we learned a lesson heading there in the afternoon. The crowds can be very high so I’d recommend an early morning visit for a more peaceful and enjoyable experience.
As we left Alberobello we drove past a gorgeous field with an old, abandoned Trulli house. Thankfully my husband is used to my frantic… “Pull Over!!!” yells and let me hop out with my oldest for a few quick photos. So glad we stopped because I love them. She’s such a great little model.Not far from our agriturismo, we also came across an abandoned building with some colorful windows and a unique modern feel. We pulled over here as well to grab a quick shot.
The last day we made the drive to Polignano a Mare. I didn’t do much research on this location ahead of time. It was recommended to us by an Italian friend and I’m so glad we stopped here. It is a dream!!! We walked to the overlook for a great view of the buildings built on the cliff and then strolled into the town for a wonderful seafood lunch. After lunch, we took a quick stroll up through Via Porto for a view of the beach, Lama Monachile. I am so excited to return soon for an upcoming maternity shoot!
On the way back to our agriturismo we stopped at a small lido by Monopoly. I walked down solo to scout the location before getting the girls out of the car and unfortunately walked right into a hail storm. Since the weather wasn’t cooperating, we went back to our Trulli for one last relaxing afternoon before heading home the next morning.