Wandering the streets of old Italy
I have to admit that despite all my travels I've hardly set foot in Italy. As far as I can remember I only visited Rome ages ago and wasn't very fond of that place. So I guess I just assumed the whole of Italy would be kind of the same. How wrong could I be!
The beginning of October is the perfect time to visit the South of Italy. With temperatures still above 20 degrees, it makes it the perfect time to go exploring the old parts of the Apulia region. And even better…the cities are not filled with tourists anymore so you feel like you're almost alone wondering these ancient streets.
Places worth visiting
This part of Italy is just buzzing with history. The city of Matera gives you the feeling like you are walking the streets of ancient Jerusalem. With houses built on top of each other, cobblestone streets, all build with perfect white stones. Alberobello, with its unique style Trulli houses, is just out of this world. You see these kinds of houses all along the road when you drive up to Alberobello, but seeing them all together in this town gives it a Disney kind of feeling. And my personal favorite is probably Locotorondo. This sleepy town on the hills in perfect white is just breathtaking. (and the perfect photo location)
Renting a car is essential if you want to sightsee in these parts. There is public transport but it might take you up to 4 hours just to get from one city to another because of it's remote location. Just head out early in the morning so escape to crowds (especially in Alberobello and Matera) so you have time left to spend a few hours on the beach in the afternoon.
Have you been to this part of Italy before? What's your favorite place to go to? Drop me a note!
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