La Città Bianca of Ostuni

The White City of Ostuni by www.carlosmeliablog.com“La Città Bianca” of Ostuni  | Puglia, Italy  |  The White Town of Ostuni. Transiting, from north to south, the lovely Valle D’Itria, province of Brindisi, in the region of Puglia, South of Italy, along the coast of the Adriatic Sea, I did a brief stop at the White City of Ostuni. From the road below, it appears like a mirage of white light. From the ancient town, up the hill, you can admire beautiful scenery. Via Cattedrale, divides the medieval heart named Terra in two. Stroll through the narrow alleys, steep stairways, craft shops, and restaurants, courtyards and piazzas, where white houses are dotted with geraniums. Continue reading La Città Bianca of Ostuni

Borgo Egnazia Luxury Resort in Puglia

Borgo Egnazia Luxury Resort in Puglia by www.carlosmeliablog.comBorgo Egnazia Luxury Resort in Puglia  |  Puglia, Italy  |  My first stop upon arrival to the region of Puglia, in the South of Italy, was the very lovely and grand, Borgo Egnazia Luxury Resort, located in the region of Fasano in the province of Bari, and part of the Valle D’Itria. Some of you might have heard of this resort in the past, since it was the one which Justin Timberlake took over completely for his wedding to Jessica Biel. An architectural marvel of local stone and quicklime, the Borgo Egnazia recreates a traditional Apulian village amid olive groves and lemon trees. Every detail of the hotel’s main building, separate and private villas, each with its own swimming pool, has been meticulously designed to ensure the highest standards of luxury. The adjacent world-renowned San Domenico Golf Course, with 18 holes, par-72, the Engathia Spa with water and body treatments, the Beach Club, tennis and kids club, and many other activities, make it an unforgettable destination. A shimmering coastline, ancient olive groves, the Roman town of Egnazia and the UNESCO World Heritage town of Alberobello are nearby for exploration.  Continue reading Borgo Egnazia Luxury Resort in Puglia

UNESCO World Heritage Alberobello

UNESCO World Heritage site Alberobello and the Trulli by www.carlosmeliablog.comUNESCO World Heritage Alberobello  |  Puglia, Italy  |  One of my favorite attractions, during my week visit to Puglia in the South of Italy, which at the same time I must admit, was also the most touristic, was the UNESCO World Heritage site of Alberobello and the unique and charming Trulli. An exceptional example of vernacular architecture. It is one of the best preserved and most homogeneous urban areas of this type in Europe. A Trullo or plural Trulli, (from the Greek word τρούλος, cupola) is a traditional Apulian dry stone hut with a conical roof.  Trulli were generally constructed as temporary field shelters and storehouses or as permanent dwellings by small proprietors or agricultural labourers. Traditionally trulli were built using dry stone masonry. Their golden age was the 19th century. Nowadays you can find houses, hotels, restaurants and stores, inside the Trulli, all over the town of Alberobello, also part of the province of Bari. Town we named, in a funny way “Trulliland”, making you feel either in the Hobbit’s Shire Middle-Earth or right into a scene of the Smurfs.  Continue reading UNESCO World Heritage Alberobello