House | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 5
The TRULLAMIA is a typical arch-shaped lamia in Apulian countryside style, where you can enjoy the rural scenery, situated in a quiet area about 4 km from the village Casalini, where one can find supermarkets and restaurants, and less then 10 minutes from the cities Ostuni and Cisternino. The closest beaches are at about 20 minutes by car. The property lies on the border of the valley of Itria, one of the most fascinating valleys in Puglia, known for the trulli (typical and exclusive cone-shaped houses in stone), the lamias and masserias (big farm houses). The scenery is marked by countless stone walls, constructed with the typical rocks from the neighbourhood, dividing the typical red coloured land into different patches.
The road to the property winds in between stone walls, far away from the hectic city traffic. Once through the gate you drive in between agricultural terraces in different levels of height, separated by naturally built stone walls.
Behind the private parking space a path leads to a spacious outside sitting area, shaded with a bamboo roof, attached to the house, in style “shabby chic”. The furniture evokes the graciousness and beauty of the former days, in harmony with the romantic and enjoying countryside.
The house has 2 entrances: one leads directly into the kitchen, the second and main entrance opens up to the main living and dining area, furnished with a sofa bed, an enjoyable corner cupboard with the dining tools, an antique 6-person dining table and 2 antique wooden trunks for the bed linen.
Adjacent is a small kitchen in natural stone walls, well equipped with an electric oven, a gas hob and a refrigerator.
At the other side, a little hall leads to the bathroom, with a handmade stone carved sink and a large shower, carved out in the rocks. Right next door one finds an attractive and romantic bedroom with a king size bed and a niche cupboard. Through the window on the other side one can admire the landscape.
From the main area, a staircase in wrought iron leads down to the second bedroom, carved out in the rocks, with 2 single beds and a beautiful antique cupboard.
One can also find the “shabby”-style throughout the garden, with a table and sitting areas, offering great views of the area and partly shaded with bamboo.
The house can easily accommodate 5 to 6 people and is ideal for a couple or a family.
The building materials used are carefully chosen in accordance to local traditions and with respect for the environment and the traditional architecture, but also up to modern standards with air conditioning and a heating system, allowing a comfortable stay in all seasons.
The surrounding area is ideal for one who loves long walks, jogging, trekking and bicycling, because one can easily wonder around without any dangers or annoyances, enjoying the scenery and the unseen sunsets in the unspoilt nature of the peaceful countryside.
In the neighbourhood one can visit various tourist high spots, like Ostuni, “the white city”; the baroque Martina Franca, capital of the valley of Itria; Locorotondo, one of the most beautiful towns in Italy; Cisternino, offering great views of the valley; the caves of Castellana, the most spectacular geological site in Italy, with stalagmites and stalactites that through their composition render the inner landscape almost surreal; Alberobello, capital of the trulli and Unesco-patrimonial; the geological site of Egnazia, showing the foundations of an old Messapican and Apulian city of the 5th to the 3rd century B.C., with parts of the former walls and acropolis, and traces of the Romans, such like a town square, streets and a Christian church.
The children can enjoy the Zoosafari close to Fasano, the largest fauna park in Italy, with numerous species of all continents. The park stretches out over 140 hectares, mostly covered with Mediterranean bushes. One part can be visited with your own car (Safari), another part contains pathways through local fauna and a fun park (Fasolandia).
The guests can also relax on the beaches of Polignano and Monopoli, known for their nightlife; Savelletri, known for its restaurants and its exclusive golfcourt; Torre Canne, with its long stretch of gold sandy beach; Marina di Ostuni; Torre Guaceto National Maritime Park, a protected area with typical rock formations alternating with sandy bays, leading to the beaches of Salento.
|Size||Sleeps up to 5, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Ostuni 10 km|
|Nearest Amenities||2 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Brindisi 45 km, Nearest railway: Ostuni 10 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|General||Central heating, Air conditioning, Safe, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Cooker, Fridge, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 4|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden|
The Puglia/Molise region
Puglia is a region in southern Italy and is washed by the Adriatic Sea to the east and north and from the Ionian Sea to the south.
It includes the provinces ( from north to south ) of Foggia, Barletta -Andria -Trani , Bari, Taranto, Brindisi and Lecce.
Puglia is the easternmost region of Italy : the location farther east is Punta Palascìa at Otranto , about 80 km from the coasts of Albania and the Greek island of Fanò Diapontie Islands , part of the Ionian Islands .
It has a Mediterranean climate, with blue skies and sunshine for most of the year The region is predominantly agricultural and the rich red earth supports more than 50 million olive trees that produce 10% of olive oil in the world. And ' the largest wine area of Italy and then the vineyards and olive groves are in abundance. You can find interesting and colorful markets in the cities who sell fruit, vegetables , cheese , meat, fish - pretty much everything and incredibly reasonable prices . Eating out is a pleasure , there is a wheel choice at very reasonable prices .
Puglia protects its environment. With the National Parks of the Gargano and the Murgia , marine reserves of the Tremiti Islands and Guaceto Tower , and many other protected areas, Puglia boasts a vast and varied natural landscape, still perfectly intact .
For tourists there is much to see : interesting cities , charming old villages with their charming old towns , baroque churches , castles . And then the campaign . Ravines , plateaus, sinkholes and mark the surface of a landscape strongly characterized by karst phenomena , with its rich natural habitat and its many caves, rock villages and underground churches , wonderful sites that still tell of centuries of human presence , from prehistory to the present day.
Itria Valley is the valley of the trulli par excellence, here there is the highest concentration of trulli scattered : a scenario and exuberant polychrome , a unique and charming . It is a real valley, but an extensive gently undulating hill .
The valley lies between the hills, the other of which has an exuberant landscape and polychrome . Nature is the most authentic expression of a show that hardly fails to surprise a traveler . Sometimes looks rough at times lush , full of colors and shades , but always full of charm and great wonders .
Trulli are ancient and mysterious Apulian dry stone architecture , ubiquitous in the Itria Valley . Arisen as temporary shelters for shepherds and farm implements, processed by the farmers in permanent dwellings , elected by scholars in architectural symbols of the " peasant " , today the trulli are mainly of holiday homes and tourist accommodation , able to guarantee the silence and the peace of the countryside not far away, however, from the ancient villages animated by cultural events.
The trulli , UNESCO World Heritage Site , are distributed throughout the countryside of the Valle d' Itria, as well as the historic farmhouses , the underground presses and " Lammie " , examples of architecture that has been developed to meet the needs of the rural past , and now have become an invaluable cultural heritage . The Lammie ( " liame " ) , old houses are responsive to the needs of stability and comfort. The meaning of liame is country house with a barrel vault.
Located 394 m. above sea level, on a hill overlooking the valley Itria , is a town of 13,000 inhabitants, gathered around his small but beautiful historic center , called one of the " most beautiful villages in Italy " .
Cisternino is a masterpiece of Mediterranean architecture, an architectural puzzle formed in time , all strictly whitewashed from the milk of lime. A maze of streets where you can lose yourself to come out in small squares , in front of an old fountain , crossing arches of passage that always preserve sacred niches with flowers and lighted candles.
In white ancient core , butcher shops specialized in the service of " stove ready " to taste mixed meat roasted in a wood oven . Very beautiful Church dedicated to St. Nicholas and the Norman Tower Swabian or Great Gate main entrance to the town in medieval times. From the numerous natural balconies and the municipal gardens , beautiful panoramas with the look that comes to admire the Itria Valley with the hips hills, the towns of Martina , Locorotondo and Ceglie .
Situated at 310 meters above sea level counts 21,000 inhabitants. The town is in a great location climate . nL'agro cegliese , comes with rolling hills and terraced with stone walls, many trulli which here are called " casedde ." The area has numerous karst caves with beautiful concretions , such as the caves of Montevicoli . Since the 90s the city messapica prides itself in being the "city of art land of gastronomy " for the many evidences of its ancient history and the typical gastronomy , appreciated and recognized throughout Italy , so as to be identified as the "Capital of Apulian gastronomy . "
With its 435 meters is the highest natural balcony over the valley , has about 50,000 inhabitants. A vibrant city with many commercial , agricultural (production of wines ) and craft - related industrial clothing. Every summer the atrium of the eighteenth century Palazzo Ducale held the " Festival della Valle d' Itria ", a series of the most famous opera houses in Europe. The Doge's Palace, the elegant and striking façade preserves valuable works of Domenico Carella . The old town bears the imprint Baroque in its many palaces, wrought iron balconies and churches , where it finds its most clearly with the Basilica of St. Martin in 1737 .
Just a (410 m . Altitude) owes its name - round spot - the roundness of her white historical center listed among " the most beautiful villages in Italy " . The municipality of Locorotondo is known for its wine " Bianco Doc Locorotondo ." Of note, the neoclassical Mother Church, dedicated to St. George , and the Romanesque church of Santa Maria della Greca , do not miss a visit to the ancient village with pretty cottages to " cummerse " with sloping roofs covered with chiancarelle ( limestone slabs similar to those used for the trulli ) .
It looks lies on three hills at 229 meters above sea level, has a population of 33,000 inhabitants. The historical center, gathered at the top of a hill , is visible in the distance from the coast, the coastal plain and the hills nearby , giving the town a striking appearance . The city is known worldwide as the "White City " for its fairytale charm of the old town with whitewashed houses . Is divided into two very distinct areas : the hill that goes up to the Itria Valley , the plain planted with olive trees in the valley of the city. The green of the olive trees end and merges with the blue of the sea of Marina di Ostuni , which stretches for 20 kilometers from Lido Morelli ( Coastal Dunes Park ) to Lamaforca , with a succession of beautiful places and beaches. Ostuni sea is between the Italian places awarded the " Five Sails " Legambiente and Touring Club, " Green Flag " (first place ) for the beaches ideal for children and reconfirmed "Blue Flag" . In 2013, won the Blue Flag nineteenth and fifth coat of arms of the "Five Sails "
The capital of the trulli is Alberobello
A true world heritage recognized by UNESCO , represented by an agglomeration of 1,500 trulli , to date fully inhabited or used as shops, then visit their site. A center for more than 10 thousand inhabitants, one of a kind ; a real crib white housing with a gray cap and a pyramid maze of streets where it all seems a surreal journey into fairy tales.
It is a marine protected area , nature reserve of the state, and contains, albeit in a not very large area , a large diversity of habitats and landscapes. It ' a unique ecosystem for the biological diversity of the marine reserve and the wetland and the dense Mediterranean scrub myrtle , mastic trees and holm presenting examples , such as juniper , which in this area is presented in its tree .
Mediterranean scrub , sand dunes, marshes with amphibians and migratory birds, beaches of golden yellow , transparent sea and seabed of Posidonia beds are the peculiarities of this place. The dunes of Torre Guaceto not only have landscape value for their beauty , but also play an important role for the protection of cultivated land behind . The dunes behind the dunes is associated with an environment occupied by Mediterranean vegetation , reed beds and ponds.
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