This was a short port call. Really wish we had a little longer here, but we managed to see quite a lot. Arranged with two other families to have a mini-bus take us to Alberobello. We were met right at the port and taken to Alberobello. The driver waited and returned us to Bari dropping us at the old town so we could see the Basilica di San Nicola (Saint Nicholas Cathedral). The company we used to book the transport is called Best Airport Transfers and was recommended at cruisecritic.com. The driver was great and did a wonderful job of helping us make the most of our limited time.
Alberobello is a UNESCO World Heritage Center for the Truli limestone dwellings. One of the really neat things about the dwellings is the symbols painted on the roofs. We went into one store that had a list of what all the symbols mean.
We managed to find Sam’s zodiac sign on one of the roofs.
Many of the buildings have been turned into restaurants, stores and inns. The area grows a lot of almonds and olives. We found some wonderful almond cookies to take home. Tried some almond liqueur, but did not like that at all.
One of the most beautiful buildings is La Chiesa a Trullo, the church of Saint Antonio.
Definitely could have spent more time in Alberobello, but so glad we had the time that we did have to see it.
We didn’t have a lot of time left for Bari, but we really wanted to see Basilica di San Nicola (Saint Nicholas Cathedral). The basilica was built between 1087 and 1197 and holds the relics of Saint Nicholas. The ceiling is absolutely amazing.
We had just a little time to walk through town on our way back to the ship.