I always visit this sale, even though I have no gardening space or terrace in my apartment. I do love plants and long for a place to put them. I have a few herbs and an occasional flowering plant, but don’t have too much success with my window boxes that don’t get enough sunlight, and later on in the summer, too much sunlight…nevertheless, I try. It’s going on now from April 25 until May 1.
This plant sale is unbelievable and worth going to simply to enjoy the color, fragrance, and see the different species of plants for sale. They also have a Fall event the first weekend in October.
The weather is always unpredictable this time of year, but they are there, rain or shine. It does get a little muddy from the rain though.
The display was phenomenal and definitely worth going to even if you aren’t buying. Of course I couldn’t resist, and managed to make it home with a large basil plant, thyme, mint, lavender, and rosemary, which I use all the time.
This year, I have really been taken with plants and flowers. I’m not sure if that is a result of the 5 months of rain, a longing for “green” in this city of stone, or both! Anyway, I am certainly enjoying this Spring of seemingly more flowers than normal!
You can enter the garden from these locations: Via Vittorio Emanuele II, 4 e da via Bolognese 17. Enjoy!
Very close to Alberobello and about 45 minutes from Ostuni lies the Grotte di Castellana. These caves begin to develop over 90 million years ago. They are one of the most important tourist attractions in the Puglia area and you shouldn’t miss them! Photos aren’t allowed in all of the caves, but I did ok.
There are two tours available. One last for one hour and is about 1 kilometer. The other is two hours and is 3 kilometers. We took the two-hour tour and it was incredible. There are many stairs involved so wear good walking shoes. Some passages are tight, but overall the cave spaces are very large. The temperature is constant in most of the caves at about 16-18 centigrade, which is cool, but it is very humid!
The caves were discovered in 1938. There are incredible sights to see here and you can learn more about the hours of operation, ticket prices, and languages available at their website here.
Alberobello is located about a 45-minute drive from Ostuni. We rented a car once we arrived in Ostuni. Be aware that the train station is not within walking distance of Ostuni, so you have to take the navette or get a taxi to get into town. The rental company that we used was near the train station, we just called them from there, and they came and got us. While I usually do not recommend renting a car in Italy, it is necessary to get around in this area. The good news is that the roads are straight and well developed, not like in Tuscany. You can count on getting somewhere in about the time designated on Google maps.
Alberobello is famous for the Trulli houses located there which is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The houses are built with limestone from the area and are round with cone-shaped roofs. They are built without mortar. Since the 14th century, this style house was imposed on the peasants by the Count of Conversano and the King of Naples. This type of construction was a way of avoiding taxes. They were easy to demolish and therefore did not fit the type of taxable structure of the time.
Viewing this settlement is like walking onto the movie set of The Hobbit! It seems unreal. The homes are small and cool inside and some are available to rent for a night or two. This makes a lovely day trip and is really worth seeing!