Saturday, June 29, 2013

Alberobello, Italy

Alberobello is a small town outside Bari famous for Trulli or these funny looking stone huts.
Turns out this is also a UNESCO world heritage site, something I did not realize when I was visiting, they could have better advertised that.
 Most of these buildings are stores, restaurants or little one room apartments.  Somewhere in this mess of buildings are a few hotels, so you can stay in one if you want.
 This is a view from across the street, you can look out over the concentration of Trulli.  I guess there is over a thousand and many more out in the country side.  As you drive up on Alberobello, you see these in all the fields.
 I want to watch them trimming these trees, it's squared off so perfectly.
 This is the old church in the center of Alberobello.  I think this church setup a stage in the main plaza a few blocks from the church, preparing for an outdoor mass.
 But since the stage is a few blocks from the church, the priest and many others need to have a little parade to get there.
 Can't forget Blessed Virgin Mary.
 The parade was quite long, had a marching band and everything.  You can see me in the tuba, orange shirt.
 This was the priest approaching the alter (stage).  I did not stick around to watch mass though, it's usually in Italian.
 One last look, this is about a 40 minute drive from Taranto.