Puglia Travel Diary II

Here it is! Part 2 of my Puglia Travel Diary. This time I’ll show you the other towns we visited: Monopoli – Alberobello – Trani – Mola di Bari and Lecce. Captured with the Olympus PEN E-PL7 and the iPhone 5s.

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Monopoli was a recommendation by one of my class mates at my Italian language course in Perugia (2011). He went to university in Monopoli while I studied in Milan during the same period. And I’m happy he told me! It’s a beautiful old town with a city beach. Monopoli is the next train station after Polignano a Mare, when we arrived we walked along the coast and spotted some small beaches before we headed to the centro storico. Here you will notice the Greek influence. It was a very warm day and we were very happy to enjoy some vitamine sea ;) I was wearing my new outfit from Stradivarius that I bought a few days before in Bari. The perfect place to wander around on a warm (37+ degrees) and sunny day!

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A very unique city! Alberobello is also part of the Unesco World Heritage Site. I saw many pictures of the Trulli (the characteristic white-washed conical-roofed houses of the area) on Pinterest before and it was great to see them in real life. There are 1500 Trulli’s on the western hill of town. They are made from local limestone with dry-stone walls and a conical roof. As I told you before about the episodes from The Bold and the Beautiful shot in Polignano a Mare, they also filmed a wedding in Alberobello. Imagine a wedding in this magical white town… :)

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Trani is a historic fishing port in Puglia and it’s famous for its harbour with white yachts and fishing boats. The cathedral, located next to the blue sea, is the most populair sight of Trani. We had a nice tour by a sweet Italian couple who proudly showed us their city and told about the history and culture (in Italian, my mom talked with them all the time and translated their stories for my sister). First we went to a beach to enjoy the view and we ordered a espressino freddo (a cold and delicious coffee drink). The next stop was a beautiful park – with turtles! – and a beautiful sight at the cathedral and harbour. I loved to see palm trees and cacti everywhere! I also noticed I took too many photos of plants during these two weeks..

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 After 15 minutes by train from Bari Centrale we arrived in Mola di Bari. We had a walk from the station to the boulevard and thought we deserved an ice cream so we did! (As we did almost every day – and always with chocolate). Mola is also home to a large fishing industry that supplies fresh fish throughout the southern Italian region. We walked by accident to the fish market with very fresh fish and I don’t want to share this smell with you. The boulevard and piazza of Mola di Bari were nice, but it’s a small town, so I don’t recommend this if you don’t have much time to spend in Italy. For us it was a great option because we wanted to visit a little town close to our hotel in Bari.

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Last but not least: the historic Lecce! Also known as the ‘Florence of the Baroque’ or the ‘Rome of the South’. This baroque town  took us almost 2 hours by train. Lecce has a true southern rhythm. As the day heats up, the streets are empty during the hottest afternoon hours. In other words, no other people in the pictures! There are many churches, a cathedral, a Roman amphitheater and picturesque little lanes to discover. Instead of pizza for lunch, we enjoyed a healthy fruit salade and a smoothie at a cute bar called Fruit&Go. Full of fruity energie we were ready to explore the other part of the town! I liked the ambiance of Lecce, and it’s quite big, so please take the time while visiting.

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The end of an unforgettable journey! I hope you enjoyed these travel posts and leave a comment if you have any questions!

Update 2016: we visited even more villages in Puglia in 2016! click here to see the Travel Diary part 3 and here for part 4.