Torrential rain foiled our plans to leave early for Alberobello, but we waited it out and as it started to clear we decided to risk it, detouring off the route a little to take in the Sassi Caveoso from the other side of the gorge. It certainly looks very biblical from that side. It was rather gloomy and dim – here is how it looked to us:
After the detour we decided we would return in the morning if the sun was shining and continued on our way to Alberbello, the Puglian town famous for its limestone trulli (houses). We managed to find a park but as we began walking in search of the lunch and the trulli houses, the skies literally opened. We ducked into a couple of restaurants in search of food and shelter but each had no spare seating. We returned to the first one we had seen and thankfully they were able to accommodate us.
As we sat eating panini, the rain began to abate and sun began to shine – a relief as we had come to see some trulli and it turned out that we were very near the church behind which there is a cluster of them – they are very attractive and unique because of there conical roofs. As we neared Alberobello, we had seen many less well cared for trulli in the fields where they are apparently used as sheds, but these whitewashed ones are the star attraction:
Locorotondo was next place on our list but we had limited time to spend there due to our late arrival in Alberobello. It is a white Baroque town and was in a very sleepy state when we arrived. Very few tourists could seen and we virtually had the town to ourselves as we strolled thought the historic centre – a collage follows below:
While there was so much more to see in Locorotondo, the afternoon was drawing on so it was time to return to Matera and freshen up after the drenching we received in Alberobello. Later in the evening, we went off in a different direction in search of dinner and came across a rustic cave cucina but it didn’t open until 7.30pm. Directly across from it was Charlie’s, a speakeasy bar so we spent a pleasant hour in there, listening to jazz music while reflecting on what we had seen and looking forward to seeing so much more.
Nipping back across the road, we dined in the cave ristorante – it had a great ambience but the food was very ordinary – one of the few disappointing meals we have had here. Speaking of food, for the most part it has been delicious, plentiful, and best of all fresh! The fish has been fabulous and I have become a fan of swordfish….
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