The pool is almost empty, the new border and liner have been delivered so this will be the last view of the pool in blue. It really doesn't seem like 12 years since we built it but I am looking forward to see what a €10,000 makeover does for it. Watch this space!!
The sun may not be hot and the skies may not be clear but there are miles of empty beaches, sand dunes and rock pools to explore. The small coastal towns will be almost deserted but there are a few cafes and shops still open for the locals and the one or two tourists who are having a wander around before Sunday lunch. What better way of spending your Sunday morning blowing away the cobwebs before enjoying a Cappuccino, cornetto and a gelati.
Just like Deli counters and butchers there is a large number of bakeries in every town and it would be easy to visit a different one every day of your stay here. Forno al Ponte on via Barsento was the first bakery we ever visited 12 or so years ago and it is still our favourite today. Whenever we out working in the area we always pick up our rolls from here and the Casalingo bread is a firm favourite with meals at home. This is also a coffee shop so perfect for having a cappuccino and croissant (cornetto) with a quick break during your shopping trip.
I don't think that there is a week goes by through the summer when the BBQ is not put to good use. Alberobello has more than its fair share of butchers and as such you will be spoilt for choice so we recommend a visit to Largo dei Sapori on Largo Martellota. Many of the butchers here leave their counters empty and you have to ask for the cut of meat you require or how many and what type of sausages you want which is difficult if you don't speak Italian. Largo dei Sapori always has a good display which makes it very easy to point out exactly what you would like. All the staff are very friendly and every evening they serve ready to eat spit roast chickens and chicken portions just in case you don't want to cook.
Alimentari are the Italian equivalents of our delicatessens back home. Every town has a number of them dotted throughout the streets and even the smallest grocery shops will have a small counter selling ham, cheeses and fresh pasta. Rather than just sticking to the supermarkets we recommend that you have a wonder around the town and have a look at these wonderful little shops. While the trullo is actually nearer to Locorotondo than Alberobello we almost always go to Alberobello when we need anything and the Alimentari of Valerio is a stones throw from the main church on Corso Vittorio Emanuele. He has the finest selection of hams and cheeses but be aware that some of them are very expensive so check the prices carefully. Valerio also has a small room with a few tables and chairs where for around €10 you can try many of his products.
Every now and again it's nice to have a wander around town, chat to friends and enjoy a cup of coffee or an ice cream. Its not often we walk up into the trullo zone but today Giorgia and I thought we would have a look and see what has changed. There are few new cafes already open and a couple more new businesses getting ready for the summer season. As usual at pasticceria Delizie there was a great range of cakes and chocolates as well as Giorgias ice cream and I had coffee at the Chimera bar where we always meet at dawn through the week before starting work.