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Oria - The Heart of Puglia

A July 2005 trip to Puglia by raycarstairs

Oria  - In the Ancient City Photo, Puglia, Italy More Photos
Quote: In the heart of Puglia lies a little-known gem, the ancient fortified medieval city of Oria. This unspoilt idyll offers visitors a snapshot of rural Italy free from hordes of tourists and makes an ideal centre from which to explore the region and sample its wonderful culinary delights.

Oria - The Heart of Puglia

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Overview

Oria  - In the Ancient City Photo, Puglia, Italy
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Oria is a remarkable city. I use the term carefully, as historically it was such. By modern standards, its scale is that of a perhaps small town, and the ancient fortified city is no bigger than a small village. Located in the heart of the Puglia (sometimes called Apulia) region, Oria is undeveloped giving you a sense of being somewhere as yet undiscovered by tourists that offers a wealth of charm. Despite its size, there is much to see in Oria. Many an afternoon can be whiled away strolling through the meandering narrow streets above above which sits an impressive Swabian castle that guarded the hilltop from ancient invaders. Along with a Jewish Ghetto, a proliferation of churches and palac...Read More

S. Maria al Tempio

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Hotel

S. Maria al Tempio Photo, Puglia, Italy
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Oria is a magical city and where better to stay than in accomodation with a sense of character and history. We discovered S Maria al Tempio on www.holiday-rentals.com and couldn't believe how atmospheric the property looked. Well trust me, it's even better in reality. Situated in a quiet street in the heart of the historic centre the ground floor apartment overlooks a small reserved area on which sits a tiny church no bigger than an average sized bedroom. All around the apartment, friendly neighbours stop to chat, no matter how limited your Italian, giving the location a real sense of integration that tourist accomodation so often lacks. The spotlessly clean apartment was originally two Apul...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 8, 2005

Lece

Restaurant

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If you're in search of an authentic taste of the region then this is a must on your list. The restaurant is run by two elderly sisters who speak absolutely no English and have no menu. Now, you may think that this sounds like a recipe for disaster! On the contrary, this intriguing combination of rustic charm and tasty home cooking will ensure that you return at least once, probably several times. As you enter the restaurant through the beautiful kitchen adorned with gleaming local tiles and copper pans, you get the feeling that you are stepping into someones house circa 1920. Both sisters lovingly prepare an ad hoc menu according to your preference (vegetarian or hardcore carnivore are all catered ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 8, 2005

Trulli of Alberobello

Attraction | "The Trulli of Alberbello"

Trulli of Alberobello Photo, Alberobello, Italy
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Visually, one of the most unique sites of the Puglia region (and of Europe) are the trulli of Alberbello, a rather bizarre collection of fairytale houses in an urban location. Although the history and reasoning behind building round houses with conical stone roofs on which are painted astrological symbols is rather varied depending on who you ask, UNESCO have quite rightly seen fit to dedicate this area as a World Heritage site. Unfortunately, this has led to a substantial influx of tourists to this attractive village and so, unless you choose your time to visit carefully, it can have a kind of miniature Disneyland feel to it. I suppose that this is in part due to the fact that we visited after a...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 13, 2005

Trulli of Alberobello
Province of Bari
Alberobello, Puglia

Trulli of Alberobello

Attraction | "Rural Trulli"

Trulli of Alberobello Photo, Alberobello, Italy
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Once you have visited the urban trulli of Alberbello it is absolutely vital that you escape to the countryside to see the structures in their more common, rural setting. You will need a car to do this Many are lived in by locals - others lie empty and isolated surrounded by red earth and lucious olive groves. We spent a whole afternoon exploring pitted farm tracks to get a glimpse of life in the past.Apparently, when the buildings were erected, as the family and livestock outgrew the living space, another trullo was built adjacent and then the wall was knocked through to join the two structures. It's quite easy to find empty clumps of trulli where you can go in and explore. Nobody seems to ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 13, 2005

Trulli of Alberobello
Province of Bari
Alberobello, Puglia