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There is so much to see in Puglia, but the one thing everyone must experience, and probably the most iconic image of 20140622_110357the area is the trulli of Alberobello. A short distance from Conversano, this UNESCO heritage site contains over 1600 of the whitewashed, conical homes – the most concentrated number of these unique dwellings in the area. We spent an hour wandering through town and exploring the shops before meeting at a local enoteca for a wine tasting (because of course – it’s 11:30a.m. and we need to get some wine in everyone’s system!) The owner Mimmo offered up several regional wines to taste before getting to the local speciality of Rosolio – a liqueur made from rose petals, which is a traditional wedding gift.

20140622_125718Lunch in Alberobello, though not a planned “feast,” was pretty darn close! The mixed antipasti included grilled sweet peppers, bruschetta, burrata and ricotta, vegetable fritters, sun dried tomatoes….and that was just an appetizer course! We tried to keep this meal light as we knew the evening would be a feast!

This wouldn’t be a culinary tour if we didn’t roll up our sleeves and get our hands dirty! Just outside of town in Conversano is a beautiful agriturismo where we spent the evening making fresh pasta and learning about some amazing regional dishes, including a paella-like dish of rice, mussels, vegetables and potato. Beyond the incredible meal was the staff who not only worked with us for the class, but the agriturismo’s owners who took us on a tour of their home, a 150-year old villa on the property. The evening was capped off with arriving back to a very bustling Sunday evening in Conversano complete with a kickboxing tournament! You never know what you’re going to find when we go “off the beaten path!