by Melinda Gallo

From Lecce to Alberobello

When I woke up this morning, I had no idea that I'd be sleeping in a trullo. We haven't made any plans for our trip and have called hotels a few hours before arriving after finding one on-line. We walked around Lecce for a few hours after we had our breakfast on a terrazza (terrace) in the Piazza Sant'Oronzo where the anfiteatro romano (Roman amphitheater) is located.

Living in Florence :: From Lecce to Alberobello

We hopped in the car and headed down to Gallipoli, which is on the West side of the Salento peninsula, to walk around. It was a beautiful sunny day and many people were sitting out on the beach or playing in the water.

After our quick visit, we decided to go to Otranto, which is on the other side of the Salento peninsula. The small town looks out over a port filled with boats bobbing in the water. We asked around for a good, typical restaurant and ate lunch. We walked around some more to take a few photos and then decided on driving up the coast to Alberobello.

I had never read anything about the trulli before today, but when I saw the trulli on-line, I couldn't wait to arrive. We found one trullo available where we could spend the night and met with the agent in the main piazza of town. We dropped off our luggage at our trullo, which was located in the countryside with olive trees and animals grazing the fields.

Each day we have been in a UNESCO World Heritage Site. From the historical center of Florence to the Sassi of Matera, the Reggia of Caserta, and now the Trulli of Alberobello.

We walked around the small town to see the trulli and ate dinner in a busy ristorante (restaurant) with large families eating together. When we drove back to our trullo, we couldn't wait to go to sleep after our long day of visiting and driving around. We loved the quietness outside after our night in Lecce yesterday.

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