THE APULIAN REGION

The Trullo Maresca is a typical construction from the Apulian region in the South of Italy.  The trulli’s origin is lost in history and subject to various legends.  Trulli are rural constructions with a roof that is partly flat and partly conical.  The cones are decorated with pagan or Christian symbols.  The Trulli are built in layered stone without any cement.  The walls can be up to two or three meters thick.  Outside, narrow stone stairs allow to reach the roof.  The Trulli have the particularity to be cool in summer and to keep the warmth during winters.  The cone and chimneys of Trullo Maresca are decorated with symbols linked to fertility.  Inside, the Trullo Maresca hides some treasures such as an ancient wine tub and the remainders of sacred paintings.

The Apulian region is one of the less known touristic destination in Italy.  It is situated in the “heel” of the country, surrounded by the Adriatic sea on the East side, and the Ionic sea on the West side.  Both coasts are close and it is quite easy to go from one to the other by car.  Our objective here is not to offer an exhaustive list of the touristic richness of the Apulian region.  You will find very well done tourist guides and numerous internet websites treating the subject.

The Adriatic coast beaches are mainly rocky with numerous little sandy creeks.  They are the ideal place for those looking for a bit of quietness and for nature lovers as they are usually set in wonderful areas.  Torre Guaceto is a natural reserve with accessible sandy beaches.  The reserve is at about 30 minutes by car from Trullo Maresca.  Closer to the Trullo, you will find the beaches of Santa Lucia, Lamaforca, … or if you prefer a bit more crowdy and trendy places, the Marina di Ostuni is made for you.  On the Ionic side, beaches are mostly sandy and the waters crystal clear.  The beaches’ beauty obviously attracts much more tourists even though it is still possible to find quieter spots.

Apulian landscapes are very diversified, gathering sea views with the soft slopes of high hills.  North, the Gargano is a very large natural reserve for the pleasure of nature lovers.  South, the Salento is more “desolated”.  Many so called “spaghetti westerns” were filmed in Salento.  Everywhere, multi-centennial olive trees will be present in all your visits.

Missing Lecce would definitely be a pity.  Lecce presents many well preserved examples of Southern baroque architecture.  Bari and Taranto are also worth visiting.  There are also many smaller towns and villages with some interest.  Close to Trullo Maresca, you will find Ostuni, Cisternino, Locorotondo (excellent white wine!!!), Alberobello (the trulli village has been recognised as Unesco World Heritage).  On the West coast, you should visit Gallipoli, an old fishers’ village full of charm.  In the inner country, Matera has also been recognised as Unesco World Heritage.  Matera is a troglodyte village that was still inhabited, in extremely poor conditions, until the fifties.  Today, many of the former houses have been transformed into luxury hotels.

The Tarantella had almost disappeared and is now being rediscovered thanks to many new folk dance groups.  In August, there is an important Pizzica Pizzica festival (literally Bite Bite festival, in reference to the tarantula bite supposed to provoke madness that only the tarantella can cure).  It takes place in the Salento and gathers thousands of visitors.

Towns and villages regularly organise spectacles during the summer holidays and around Christmas.  Many of these spectacles are free.  In the surroundings of Trullo Maresca, the classic music festival of Martina Franca and the baroque music festival of San Vito dei Normani are of very good quality.

Finally, at least for this site as you will find many other wonders in Apulia, gourmands and gastronomes will never be deluded.  Wherever you go, you will always find something to eat.  There are many restaurant for every taste and budget.  Would you prefer to cook yourself, we advise you go and buy your food at the local market.  The closer market is the one of Ostuni (5 km) which takes place every Saturday morning.  Besides meeting with locals, the quality of food is outstanding.  There are many other markets in the region.  You main problem will be not to buy everything!!!  Besides the local markets, you will also find many supermarkets but we are sure you will prefer the charm and quality of the numerous specialised food shops (bakeries, fisheries, vegetables, …) offering great quality for still a moderate price.