tag archives: ostuni

 

when you think of puglia (apulia), you may envision the distinctive whitewashed stone huts with conical roofs in alberobello.

trulli | alberobello | BA | italy

foreground | view of the rione monti district from the rione aia piccola district

background | chiesa sant’antonio da padova (church of saint anthony of padua)

photo credit lisa walsh | innerspace

 

there are over 1600 trulli of alberobello (trulli di alberobello) in the unesco world heritage site.

maps via unesco and geoplan.it

 

1030 trulli are concentrated in the rione monti district.

and, another 590 trulli are located in the rione aia piccola district.

trulli | alberobello | BA | italy

view of the rione monti district from piazza giangirolamo

photo credit lisa walsh | innerspace

 

trulli | alberobello | BA | italy

view of the rione aia piccola district from via cristoforo colombo

photo credit lisa walsh | innerspace

 

the trulli are built using a prehistoric method of dry stone construction that is unique to the region of the itria valley (valle d’itria).

more complex than the stone age construction process of the cave dwellings of matera (sassi di matera), which are simply enclosed by building an exterior wall of excavated stones.

section via italiansindc

 

even though they have conical roofs, trulli are rectangular buildings.

their double faced stone walls, which have rubble cores, are constructed from collected or excavated boulders or stones without using masonry mortar.

the eaves at the corners of the building channel water into an underground cistern.

the internal layer of the double faced roof is structurally supported by squinches (corner arches).  and, the external layer of the conical roof is constructed from corbelled stone shingles.

isometric drawing via the mind of architecture

 

the pinnacles on the roofs of the trulli, as well as the symbols that are painted on the shingles of the roofs with white ash,

are believed to have apotropaic power that wards off evil and misfortune.

trulli | alberobello | BA | italy

apotropaic pinnacles and symbols on the roofs

photo credits lisa walsh | innerspace

 

piazza d’annunzio | rione monti | alberobello | BA | italy

tenuta girolamo | piazza d’annunzio | rione monti | alberobello | BA | italy

photo credits lisa walsh | innerspace

 

casa lippolis | piazza pagano | rione aia piccola | alberobello | BA | italy

18th century | two story | built using masonry mortar

photo credit lisa walsh | innerspace

 

casa museo trullo sovrano | piazza sacramento | alberobello | BA | italy

18th century | two story with a staircase | built without using masonry mortar

photo credits lisa walsh | innerspace

 

many of the citta bianche (white cities), including alberobello, locorotondo, martina franca, cisternino, ceglie messapica, and ostuni, are located in the valle d’itria, which runs between putignano and martina franca.

map via zeemaps

 

my husband, bob, and i stopped in putignano for lunch at angelo sabatelli ristorante.

angelo sabatelli ristorante | via santa chiara | putignano | BA | italy

melanzane arrosto, pomodorini, basilico e burrata di angelo sabatelli (roasted eggplant, tomatoes, basil and burrata by angelo sabatelli)

click here for the ricette (recipe)

photos via great italian chefs and  great italian chefs

 

pranzo (lunch) was molto buono (very good). actually, delicious.

and, the valle d’itria is molta bella (very beautiful).

vineyards.  olive orchards.  and, trulli, trulli, and more trulli…

trulli | valle d’itria (itria valley) | near ceglie messapica | BR | italy

trulli | valle d’itria (itria valley) | near locorotondo | BA | italy

photo credits lisa walsh | innerspace

 

did you know that apulia produces about 33% of italian olive oil?

trulli | valle d’itria (itria valley) | near locorotondo | BA | italy

photo credit lisa walsh | innerspace

 

sadly, the olive orchards in southern apulia are now infested by xylella fastidosa, a bacterium spread by the spittlebug (sputacchina), an insect related to the sharpshooter, which last infested california wine country during the 1990’s.

as a result, about 10% of italy’s olive oil production has been lost during the past year.

click here to read a financial times (ft) article about the infestation.

from this:  healthy olive orchard | carovigno (near ostuni) | BR | italy

to that:  diseased olive orchard | surbo (near lecce) | LE | italy

photo credits lisa walsh | innerspace

 

fortunately, the centenary olive trees in the sculpture garden at la fiermontina, our hotel in lecce, remain healthy.

the sculptures are by rené letourneur (1898-1990) and jacques zwobada (1900-1967), two french artists who both loved the owners’ grandmother, antonia fiermonte (1914-1956), and were both loved by her.

 

the sculpture garden | la fiermontina | lecce | LE | italy

photo credits lisa walsh | innerspace

 

la fiermontina is a restored masseria (fortified farmhouse) in the centro storico (historic city center) of lecce.  the baroque architecture in lecce is comparable to the baroque architecture in sicily.

our room featured a drawing of antonia fiermonte by jacques zwobada.

jacques zwobada | antonia de dos | 1943

photo credit la fiermontina

 

and, a honey colored lecce limestone vaulted ceiling.

 

junior suite number 1 | la fiermontina | lecce | LE | italy

photo via  tripadvisor

 

bella (beautiful)!

 

puglia (apulia), the ‘heel’ of the italian ‘boot’, is located between the adriatic and the ionian seas.  with approximately 800 kilometers (500 miles) of coastline.  along with cliffs, sea caves, coves, sand dunes, sand and pebble beaches.

map via zeemap

 

generally, the water is deeper along the adriatic coast than the ionian coast.  and, the east coast is generally rockier than the west coast.  but, the beach can be either rocky or sandy along either coast.

adriatic sea | east coast

polignano a mare | BA | italy

photo credit lisa walsh | innerspace

 

our entertainment during lunch at ristorante lo scalo,

located in marina di novaglie, near the ‘tip of the heel’ where the adriatic sea ‘meets’ the ionian sea.

adriatic sea | east coast

ristorante lo scalo | marina di novaglie | LE | italy

‘uno, due, tre!’ (‘one, two, three!’)

coached by mamma, who was taking photographs from a ledge on the cliff on the opposite side of the inlet

photo credits lisa walsh | innerspace and bob walsh

 

our entertainment during an afternoon walk on the beach at lido morelli,

following lunch at osteria gia sotto l’arco in carovigno (near ostuni).

adriatic sea | east coast

lido morelli | ostuni | BR | italy

photo credits lisa walsh | innerspace

 

my husband, bob, and i love to walk (and walk, and walk…) on the beach.  so, we prefer sandy beaches.

le spiaggia di pescoluse (the beach of pescoluse) may be the longest sandy beach in apulia.  about 5 kilometers (3 miles) long.  not as long as our favorite beach in forte dei marmi, which is about 30 kilometers (18 miles) long.  but, long enough to spend a couple of ‘beach days’ during our recent holiday.

the ionian coast between santa maria di leuca and gallipoli is known as le maldive del salento (the maldives of salento) because of the shallow, turquoise blue water.

ionian sea | west coast

le spiaggia di pescoluse | marina di pescoluse | LE | italy

photo credit lisa walsh | innerspace

 

le cinque vele (the five sails), ‘our’ beach club in marina di pescoluse, is supposedly the most stylish beach club on the ionian coast.

le cinque vele | marina di pescoluse | LE | italy

photo credits lisa walsh | innerspace

 

perfect headquarters to walk north on the beach, towards torre pali.

le spiaggia di pescoluse | walking north on the beach towards torre pali

photo credits lisa walsh | innerspace

 

or south on the beach, through the ‘mobile shopping mall’…

mobile shopping mall | le spiaggia di pescoluse

photo credits lisa walsh | innerspace

 

…towards torre vado.

le spiaggia di pescoluse | walking south on the beach towards torre vado

photo credits lisa walsh | innerspace

 

if you were planning a beach holiday in italy, would you visit le maldive del salento?

or, the italian riviera?

forte dei marmi | LU | italy

30 kilometer (18 mile) sandy beach from viareggio to marina di carrara

photo credit fortedeimarmivillas.com