Ok, so it has taken me forever to get to writing this post! It’s not like I didn’t have the material, or the edited photos, but for some reason I have kept it on the back burner telling myself I will get to it when I get to it. It is also no coincidence that I have tried to sit down and write this post no less than five times, each time being interrupted by something (or someone, I won’t mention any names..Sadie) that would take me away from it till the next time I sat down to try to write it. I also think that I have had a slight case of writers block since we went on this trip. Anyways, nearly two months later…I am getting to it. Here it goes:
This past Memorial Day, the hubby and I decided to pack up the kiddo and our dog in our fancy over-sized , American SUV to hit the road and check out the little commune of Alberobello located in the province of Bari. Alberobello is recognized as an UNESCO World Heritage site for its still in-use prehistoric structures, called ‘Trulli’.Before I even get into the details of the trip, I first have to tell you how we even decided we were going there.
My good friend Adrienne, whom I served on Active Duty with in Sigonella, Italy from 2005-2008, is fluent in a multitude of languages, one of those being Italian. After 11 years of honorable service in the Navy, she got out to pursue her education and she has been attending the University of Central Florida for her bachelors in Hospitality Management. She has an inherent passion for international culture and connecting others with those cultures. She hopes her degree will help enable her to do what she really loves, working as a consultant for a major Hotel one day so she can be exposed to a variety of people and cultures. In the meantime, she also loves organizing and planning events and European vacations because she can utilize her linguistic skills in doing so.
To help build her portfolio, Adrienne offered to coordinate and organize our last-minute Memorial Day trip, and I am so thankful she did! She provided me with eight options, four on the western coast of Italy and four on the eastern coast. I told her our basic needs/budget i.e. family friendly, pet friendly, parking included, and from then on she reached out to at least three different hotels for each city for us to choose from. She even contacted them and negotiated prices for us and because she speaks Italian and is naturally charming, she was able to get us some pretty good deals!
After we chose our city (Alberobello), she then emailed me a “Things to do” list and a restaurant list. She tailored all of the lists to our needs and because of that we got to take our little one to the Zoo for the first time and we also got to cross off an item from our bucket list and eat dinner at a world-famous restaurant, in which of course Adrienne made the reservations for us! So a big thank you to her for organizing this trip for us, and if anyone like to contact her to have her organize your trip she can be reached at email@example.com.
As usual, I took way too many pictures, too many for one post that is! So I will of course be breaking this up into multiple posts which I find hilarious since I have had so much trouble completing just one of them.
For our trip to Alberobello, we decided on staying at the beautiful Tenuta Monacelle. It met all of our requirements: budget, family friendly, free parking, and pets! It also enabled us to stay in a traditional ‘Trullo’. Tenuta Monacelle was amazing because they have a restaurant which serves a buffet style breakfast and three course meals for dinner, or “Á La Carte” if you choose. They also have a pool with a bar that serves both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages as well as lunch food like Panini’s and pizza.
Our first night in Alberobello, we decided to eat in at the hotel after driving all day. Anyone with little bambinos knows the toll a drive longer than an hour can take on not just the kiddos, but the whole family. I didn’t take any pictures of it, but the hotel restaurant did not disappoint.
After dinner we made it back to our room and settled in for the night. I will say the two things the room didn’t have that bothered us was wi-fi and television. Yeah-yeah- yeah, I know what you’re thinking, who needs on TV or wi-fi on vacation right? Well trust me, when you have little kids it’s necessary. But we made do.
The next day we made our way to the Zoo Safari which was about a five kilometer drive from our hotel. I am going to do a separate post for that as well as for our dinner escapades at the world-famous Grotta Palazzese.
On our last day though, we went to the historic center of Alberobello to checkout the oldest of the Trulli. It was such a neat little town and one I hope we will make our way back to so I can explore more and of course take more photos.
Alright, well that about wraps up this portion of our trip. The Trulli of Alberobello are probably one of the most fascinating things I have seen in Italy thus far and I highly recommend adding this to your bucket list of places to go, you won’t regret it!