A week in south Italy – PUGLIA

In September we decided to leave Israel for a month to see a bit of Europe (and rain, but I’m lying because we only had sun), it was a great opportunity for us both to go to Puglia, in South Italy, and for Gal to discover this wonderful area where my family was staying at the same time. We would be there the whole week, eat pizza and then catch a flight from Bari to Paris, where we would spend the rest of our journey. Gal remained in Europe for two weeks while I stayed there for a whole month. I always wanted to show her my hometown (a little village named Paris, France) and it finally happened (it’s coming in our next posts..!).

If Italy is a boot, then Puglia is its heel. Famous for its old white towns and its olive trees and oil, Puglia is the Italy you’ve seen in the movies of the 60’s, the Italy that is still living from its agriculture and its products, the Italy where each family thinks their pasta receipt is better than the neighbor’s one, where everyone goes to sleep in the afternoon and where you’ll struggle to find someone who speaks English. The Italy where every single beach is prettier than the previous one, where each pizza has a different taste than the one you ate the day before, where the Gelateria (ice-cream shops) gives you a good idea about what humans being can do with ice-creams… Welcome to Puglia.

Monopoli
Monopoli, Puglia – Italy

This area is rich. Rich of culture, history, and traditions. Puglia is like an island in Italy, with the Adriatic Sea on one side, and the Ionian Sea on the other. A myriad of beaches and secret spots to discover and to keep. We stayed the whole week in my home family next to Carovigno and we drove around every single day, the perfect way to discover what Italy has best to offer.

Alberobello

Alberobello and its white Trullis
The Trullo, the Puglian traditional house.
1 trullo, 2 trulli

Alberobello is a famous city in Italy for its culture and heritage. This ancient town is made of hundreds of Trulli, the traditional Puglian houses that were initially built in the fields to help farmers during seasons of harvest. They could use those houses located in the middle of the olive trees to keep the sheep inside or to sleep if they had to stay outside for a long time. It’s a real and strong symbol of Puglia. Today, Alberobello is a must for everyone who comes through Puglia and I truly recommend you to go there for a few hours.

Trullo - san vitto dei normani, puglia italy
The bleached roofs of the Italian Trullos, and me.
Alberobello is now full of souvenirs shops and little restaurants, touristic but worth it.

Ostuni, the white city

ostuni
The blue door to the sky, Ostuni
Ostuni over the sea
Ostuni streets
Ostuni’s streets

Ostuni is the white city of Puglia, located right next to Brindisi, this 218 meters above sea level city that has a wonderful view to offer on the countryside, the fields, and the sea. The architecture of the edifices and the white tiny streets have made it a very important point to stop by in Puglia. The city is also full of history and traditions and it’s very interesting to discover its whole heritage. Most of its edifices and houses were bleached and whitewashed to increase the light in the streets and to protect people from black plague and diseases during Middle-Age. Ostuni is also home to a lot of great restaurants and coffee shops/bars to stop by. An experience.

Polignano a Mare

If I had to choose one city in Puglia, I’m pretty sure I would say Polignano a mare. I think I fell in love with this cute town built on cliffs of limestone and rock over the sea. It’s just incredible. Polignano is full of good restaurants, hotels, gelaterias, the city is located over a natural marine reserve which makes the beaches beautiful. There’s a famous beach inside the city, the one you can admire in our pictures, but you can find a lot of secret spots like this one if you turn around the littoral with your car. According to me, it’s one of the best places to go for those that love swimming and the sea, the view is wonderful, the water too, and it’s full of history. A lot of people jump straight to the water from the cliffs and it’s awesome. The water is made of deep blue, and Polignano a mare is the perfect definition of Dolce Vita.

Polignano’s main beach, view from the cliffs and the point of view.
Polignano’s famous point of view
I told you, Dolce vita.

Monopoli

I know what you’re thinking about right now and I can assure you that no, Monopoli isn’t linked to the game in any way, even though they now have a version specially made in honor of the city. This cute little town located near Polignano is the home of very little streets, a tiny port, and many shops and restaurants. It’s a very beautiful city to discover and to get lost in, to feel what the Italian vibes truly are. Have in mind that most of the shops in Puglia are closing in the afternoon and opening again in the evening when the sun goes down. It’s very cool to go there and to visit at the end of the day when the light is beautiful and the weather is nicer.

Monopoli’s port
Home and garden, Puglia

I always get back my luggage from the Airport in a state they have never been in before, and I don’t like this idea anymore. That’s why this time, to travel, Gal and I chose to fly with a brand new suitcase from Slazenger, light, big and unbreakable, a very proficient way to pack all the stuff we have to carry among several countries for one month, or two weeks in Europe. Gal had enough place for anything and the luggage itself comes from a very nice and smart shop called Daniel Dizengoff. The shop is located in Tel Aviv, in the Dizengoff Center (Building A, 1st floor) and the sellers are of good advice (the shop has been transmitted to the founder’s son, and this one knows perfectly how to seduce serial-traveler). Have a look at their selection, it worths it. @daniel.dizingof on Instagram.

See you soon for the next posts about Italy and Puglia!