Voted inTop 10 Unusual Holiday Homes from HomeAway Holiday-Rentals ( see website-Link above Review Section),Trullo Bellissimo, a bijou experience, is ready to welcome you to its unique blend of luxury and ethnic charm. The property, with two double bedrooms (one with a 4-poster bed) and each with its own en-suite bathroom will comfortably accommodate 4 people.Two daybeds offer additional flexibility, if required. Set in its own olive grove, with stunning terraces, gardens and private heated swimming pool, Trullo Bellissimo offers the ideal location to explore and enjoy the culture, food and people of Puglia. Originally three separate buildings, the oldest 300 years old, Bellissimo has been sympathetically restored and joined to reveal original stone walls, arches and vaulted ceilings. Only 8km from Ostuni in Puglia and 18km from the sea. Reached by direct flights from the UK as well as flights via Rome or Milan, only 40km and 90km from Brindisi and Bari airports. www.trullobellissimo.com.
History and Culture: Whether your interests lie in history, museums, art, or gastronomic endeavour, you will find everything and more in the local towns and region. Much of this has been incorporated into a helpful booklet you will find at Trullo Bellissimo.
However, just to whet your appetite, the whole area has a strong Norman influence dating back to the crusades, when Trani and Brindisi were important embarkation points for the Crusaders, and this can be seen everywhere from the names of towns to the fortified cities and watchtowers intended to repel the Saracen.
If churches and religion inspire you can visit, amongst others, the beautiful Basilica di San Nicola in Bari and the old Crusader church in Ostuni,
You will also find fascinating towns such as Matera within easy driving distance.This is a World Heritage Site located in the Basilicata region, was the subject of Carlo Levi's 'Christ Stopped at Eboli' as well as being the backdrop for Mel Gibson's 'Passion of the Christ'.
Local Hill Towns : Ostuni 8km- is one of the most stunning cities in southern Italy famous for the dazzling effect of its whitewashed houses. It is a genuine and charming example of Mediterranean architecture.Cisternino 15km- surrounded by fields of olive groves and vineyards, some of the most abundant in Puglia. The old historic centre is characterised by architecture of the 16th and 17th centuries. Martina Franca 22km-is one of the most characteristic towns with its fabulous and completely intact baroque buildings. Locorotondo 23km-overlooks the entire valley of Itria, with a panorama which encompasses the traditional trulli houses scattered among the olive trees and the grape vines. Ceglie Messapica 9km-A settlement since the fourth century before Christ, Ceglie boasts many ancient monuments and is famous for it;s gastronomic excellence..
Local Hill Town Restaurants: They will rustle up lots and lots of little appetizer dishes, which The following is a selection of our reviews-all details and more at the villa; Ostuni: Ristorante Odissea-The restaurant is partly a grotto, and partly enclosed terrace constructed out of the old city ramparts. Al Solito Posto-You will often see suckling pig or wild boar roasting on a spit, but there is, in addition a wide range of daily specials depending upon what has been delivered, caught, or shot within the last 24 hours. ORistorante Ippocampo-This is our favourite place to have lunch. you hope will be all, until the pastas and ‘secondi’ start to arrive! Cisternino; Il Cucco-Fuses local tastes with a more international approach, and provides a chic, contemporary setting for a great evening out. The food is impeccable, although not fussy, the wine cellar extensive. steria Bell’Italia-Located in the medieval alleyways behind the centro storico’, internal/external dining, with an international range of dishes.