The Valle d'Itria: an unusual landscape

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Our incredible trulli apartment just outside of Cisternino. That's my bike outside.
Luckily we had a cozy van ride ahead of us. Giorgio’s van pulled up, loaded up the bikes and the crew and headed 90 kilometers north to the Valle D’Itria. Most of the crew slept while the storm raged outside. The Valle D’Itria: valley of trulli, famous for its beautiful and unusual countryside dotted with whitewashed trulli, and for it’s excellent food. As we moved north we noticed that the trulli change their shape. The ones found around Leuca & Gallipoli (including the ones we stayed in) are smaller, shorter, and have flat roofs. The trulli in the Valle d’Itria, however, have easily 2-3 rooms, a whitewashed exterior, and most have conical roofs made of horizontally placed slate slabs, with balls, crosses or other designs on top. We got to “live” the difference as this time we stayed in 2 beautifully restored trulli-apartments outside of Cisternino.
Another trulli house with olive trees and tilled earth outside.


Say “Cisternino” to someone from Puglia- if their first response isn’t “trulli” it will be “MEAT.” Cisternino is famous for excellent meat. The hills & forests nearby graze a lot of cattle and the town has a tradition of cooking it well. The restaurant we chose, along with many in the city, is a little intimidating at first. Upon walking through the door, you are greeted by a butcher’s stand sporting numerous types of sausage, skewered-rolls of bacon-olive-fillet, enormous steaks of buffalo or beef, and whatever else the butcher is doing that day. Before being allowed to take a seat, you select your raw cuts of meat directly from the butcher- who in our case wasn’t subtle in his opinions on just what and how we should eat that evening. Only after the butcher took our selections and put them on the grill, were we taken to a table and allowed to order water, wine and everything else! But- they do indeed know their meat- it was probably some of the best sausage and skewers I’ve ever had.
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