While my boyfriend and I were planning a trip through this area of Puglia, we were torn between staying here at Trulli Valle d'Itria and a really nice masseria outside of Ostuni. We prefer not to stay in traditional hotels, so staying on a masseria or in a trullo was key to this leg of our trip. Personally, I didn't get the appeal of staying in a building with conical roof (whoop-dee doo, right?) so I initially was more interested in the idea of staying on a vast olive oil plantation, especially if it meant I might be able to befriend a goat.
But after reading through all of the nice things everyone has written about Pino and Angela in the reviews, we looked at each other with sparkly puppy dog eyes and knew that we had found where we wanted to stay. Just a winding 4km drive outside of Martina Franca, it was the perfect jumping off point between a few of the towns we wanted to visit in the area (Locorotondo, Cisternino, and eventually Ostuni and Ceglie Messapica).
We wanted to do some biking through the dirt trails and fields connecting us to Locorotondo and Cisternino, so Pino set us up with a couple of his bikes and gave us a general idea of how to get from place to place. The trails are totally manageable, and the distance to and from these two cities is perfect--a nice healthy couple of hours throughout the entire day there and back... a great way to burn off all the delicious food we'd been eating in Puglia!! Just make sure to bring a pump and some flat fix so you don't get stranded in a field somewhere. Of course, if you have an international phone, Pino will come to the rescue if you have any issues.
The trullo was super cute and clean, and the entire estate was well-kept. We were bummed that we only were staying there for two nights; we didn't even get a chance to use the pool, since there was so much to do in the day in the surrounding towns! Had some wonderful meals at restaurants that Pino recommended (he was SPOT ON every time) for lunch and dinner, and otherwise had a good time chatting with him and Angela before breakfast in the mornings or after returning from our day activities.
Will stay here again in the future, without even considering other options. It was that perfect.
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- Trulli Valle D'Itria Martina Franca, Italy - Puglia