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Locorotondo in Puglia, Italy has earned the name and title “Borghi piu belli d’Italia”, which means “one of the most beautiful towns in Italy”. Indeed, it is.
The word Locorotondo derives from the meaning “round place”, and the town is literally in the shape of a circle. Perched atop a hill on the Murge Plateau in the Intria Valley, with beautiful views of the countryside below, and full of its famous white-washed buildings, Locorotondo is small, but gorgeous, and makes for a fabulous day trip in Puglia.
I was on a group tour with Exodus Travels, a walking tour, so our approach to visiting Locorotondo for the day was by way of walking. We walked 10 kilometers from the town of Alberobello through Puglia countryside full of olive groves, fig trees, vineyards, lemon groves, Trulli houses, gardens and exquisite landscape. The weather was overcast – with the sun to come out by the time we got to Locorotondo – but it didn’t matter, the walk was scenic, local and not touristy.
I’m showing images here so you can see some of the Puglia countryside, as well as in general it just being a really unique way to visit a town – walk from town to town! We were on a walking path led by our guide, who showed us botanicals, Trulli houses (we went into one that was in decay), fruit trees and more. We stopped for an amazing picnic lunch which he prepared for us, made up of salamis, cheeses, fig jam, olives, sundried tomatoes and breads. It was heaven!
When we finally arrived to Locorotondo, the sun had come out, and the white-washed buildings were glistening in the light. We entered the town gates into the centro storico, the historic and impossibly charming part of town. Every which way we turned we were surrounded by white buildings and general whiteness. There happened to be an annual flower festival when we visited, so residents and business owners displayed beautiful arrangements throughout the streets, making the pop of color against the white sublime scenery for a walk.
For that’s what you do in this village – you walk. You amble. You curve around the narrow streets and alley ways that take you in a circle. There’s not much to see as far as touristy things go, and that’s the beauty of visiting the town. It’s so picturesque, all in white, that you just want to lazily walk and see what’s around the next corner. You only need a few hours to explore the splendor that is Locorotondo.
As you wander around, you’ll see that the town is made up of pointed roofs, an architectural style known as cummerse. They are tightly packed in the centro storico. There are cafes and boutiques to dip into, though when we were there it was Palm Sunday and most everything was closed. There are some pretty churches, among them the Santa Maria della Graecia as its crowning jewel.
Outside of the main gate of Locorotondo is a public park and garden called the Villa Comunale, and from here you can enjoy panoramic views of the valley below. Opposite the park and inside the gate is a small square, which is the main town square, with a nice café . After we walked around and caught the views we relaxed at the café with a glass of wine – Locorotondo, it should be mentioned, is in the heart of wine country and is known for its sparkling white wine.
And that about sums up an afternoon spent in Locorotondo. For a truly relaxing day trip – or half-day trip – this picturesque village is a wonderful way to while the time away. Sometimes that’s all you want to do.
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I was in Bari with a cruise last summer and visited Alberobello. So sorry we didn’t have more time to explore other nice places in the region. #FarawayFiles
Well at least you made it to the unique town of Alberobello!
Just walking around a new town is always my favorite way to see it. Locorotondo looks beautiful. #FarawayFiles
I agree – I love just walking around..
I’ve been pinning and saving all of your Puglia posts as we are going tomorrow! I cannot wait! I’m so glad you’ve done all of the hard work for me 😉 #farawayflies
I don’t know how I’m seeing this now – hope you’ve had the best time Alex and glad you’ve found my posts helpful!
I really want to visit Locorotondo at Christmas because I’ve seen photos where it’s beautifully decorated! But even out of the holidays easons, it’s just as pretty! #FarawayFiles
Oh I can just imagine how gorgeous it must be during the holidays!!
What a beautiful walk! It sounds like a long way, but with views like that, I think it would be just perfect and so picturesque. And there’s nothing like ambling through a beautiful town. #FarawayFiles
I love to walk so I was ok with it – plus it was a great way to work off all that Italian food haha.
Oh, how romantic it all looks! So, so beautiful. When our little one gets a bit older (and doesn’t need so many naps, hehe) we’ll have some more road trips in Italy for sure!
Oh I remember those years well – I hear you!
Shame I’m so far away from Italy here in Singapore, looks stunning
That’s how I feel about your part of the world haha.
I’d love to do the hike from village to village, it sounds like such a romantic thing to do and Locorotondo looks so cute. We haven’t been to Puglia yet but it’s definitely on the list. Have pinned this for later.
Thanks Paul! I hope you make it some day, it’s definitely worth a visit!
This looks adorable!!! Like the white and green. #farawayfiles
I LOVED the green shutters!
This village looks beautiful, such intriguing little lanes, it makes just want to wander off and discover what’s beyond #farawayfiles
Exactly – it was the perfect place to amble..
I really, really like the idea of approaching historic villages like this by foot: much less intrusive than by tourist coach or even car. A gorgeous place, that I had never heard of before. Thanks for educating me! #farawayfiles
Puglia looks so beautiful, definitely on my must visit list #FarawayFiles
I have a feeling Puglia is about to explode..it really is beautiful.
Thanks Jonny! It was a new way of travel for me and I loved it – plan to do another walking tour again because like you say it was much less intrusive.
Aww it looks so gorgeous! You may have walked past a farm that belongs to my partner’s family – this is where they all live.
This post made me want to visit even more! #FarawayFiles
Oh really? How funny. It was gorgeous countryside, what a beautiful place to have a farm!