Why visit Alberobello

Alberobello is gradually becoming more popular among tourist destinations due to its position with only an hour drive away from the bigger town of Bari, which is known to be the starting point for many explorers of the eastern part of Italian coast and Puglia. Small grey-white houses, hilly countryside, surrounding towns with baroque elements, incredible food, beaches … Tempted? I will return to Alberobello for sure, since it’s a small town, where the trulli houses charm you.

How to get to and around the town of Alberobello?

The simplest choice is to fly to Bari airport, followed by renting a car and driving to the valley of Itria. You can get a very affordable plane tickets to Bari, Ryanair flies from Trieste for the price of one’s lunch (you get a return ticket Trieste-Bari for 30 euros). For your Itria travels a car rental is almost a must (be cautious though: make sure that you fill the gas tank completely before you come back, because they said to us that we can leave it almost empty as it pays off, which is absolutely NOT true). I advise you to drive with Flixbus for moving between the bigger cities, which is affordable and quite reliable (and it has WiFi).

Where to stay?

Without the doubt – the most beautiful, attractive and once in a lifetime experience will be a night stay in the authentic trulli. I recommend you to book a night-stay at the Leonardo Trulli Resort, one of the most beautiful “hotels” in the world. You won’t regret it! (you can read all about my experience here)

What are trulli houses and what do they look like?

You surely remember the Middle Ages from your history classes (feudalism and feudal tributes – does it ring a bell?). The interesting story of trulli houses starts in the 14th century. Behind the enchanting appearance lays a cruel past and the answer hides in the inventiveness of the serfs. Due to the high taxation on property, the people of Apulia built dry stone wall constructions so that they could be dismantled quickly when tax inspectors were in the area. Medieval “real-estate” taxes were namely gathered by the rulers from people who’ve had houses built on their territory/land. The innovative poorer serfs therefore improved their way of construction and have built small huts with a conical roof from a dry stone (plenty of that stone is nearby), without a mortar. Why without a mortar? Because the house would turn into a pile of stone if you removed only one (exact) small brick. They had to perfect their way of construction to the extent to rebuild these houses again. This style of construction is specific to the Itria Valley and has also been used before the middle ages. Locals have constructed them as a temporary field shelters and storehouses for agricultural labourers. While in the 18th century feudalism had been abolished, these type of houses remained – this time in a firm and durable form. Small houses became bigger, got extensions and eventually became two-storeyed. These two-storeyed trullis are named after Trullo Sovrano and are considered to be luxurious real-estate. The huts are the real tourist attraction in the town of Alberobello, offering great panoramic views from the roofs and upper floors. The majority of the houses in Alberobello have been transformed into hotels, restaurants (food is surprisingly inexpensive; you’ll pay around 5 euros for a pizza in the city centre) and tourists shops, with more authentic ones by the local roads nearby. Visiting Alberobello is a truly splendid experience, because the houses among olive trees and blossoming cherries on hills and valleys offer a special charm. Alberobello is a tourist town, but still not over-crowded. You can still pose for a lovely, tourist-free photo in the middle of a sunny day. I truly hope that it remains this authentic and charming. More than 1500 trulli are concentrated in two town quarters, Rione Monti (more touristic and an iconic quarter, seen on the majority of the photos) and Aia Piccola (people still live there). These trulli of Alberobello have been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1996.

Enchanting Alberobello with its surroundings is an ideal tourist destination and an excellent choice for a short getaway. I recommend you to visit this lovely town as soon as possible.

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Kempinski Venice

San Clemente Palace Kempinski Venice
Isola di San Clemente 1, 30124 Venice, Italy
price: starting from 300€ per night (depending on the season)

San Clemente Palace Kempinski Venice is a Venetian hotel with an invincible location, offering a calming spot, accompanied by only a few minutes long stroll to the vivid city centre.

San Clemente Palace Kempinski is located on the private island of San Clemente, only minutes away from Piazza San Marco. If you ever visited Venice, you are well aware that the boat ride (or an iconic gondola ride) is a special experience. And “special” is definitely a word to describe our ride from the centre of Venice to the hotel and back. The hotel has its quay right beside the Piazza San Marco and offers a free shuttle for all of the hotel guests. You can’t get to the island of San Clemente any other way (besides a privat water taxi ride of course). That’s what elevates the hotel’s offer and is so unique, as it offers a calming spot, away from the (sometimes) hectic Venice. San Clemente Palace Kempinski Venice extends on a vast estate of a private island, perfect for a proper rest after days of exploring Venice.

A monastery with church used to reside on the island of San Clemente, while today you can find a hotel with 190 rooms, 7 suites, 7 courtyards, a heated outdoor pool, a golf and tennis court, a running track and two private quays.

The renovated monastery preserved its ancient elements (the long hallways and high ceilings); while at the same time adding a modern twist. Classical luxury, combined with elegance, our Deluxe room with a lagoon view was stunning and incredibly spacious – a true indulgence; I felt like a Venetian princess. As a beauty enthusiast, I was surprised by the selection of cosmetics – in San Clemente Palace Kempinski Venice they use fragrant products The Merchant of Venice, also used in their The Merchant of Venice SPA. An aromatic combination of tradition and new approaches follows you through the whole hotel – in the bathrooms, as well as by the entrance to the building, where you can try on a perfume. In San Clemente Palace Kempinski Venice all your senses are being spoilt, your taste buds enjoy the breakfast in the Insieme restaurant (the choice and the quality of the food and drinks are heavenly) as well as in their bars and restaurants. You can sip cocktail by the pool in the Le Dolce Bar, enjoy Mediterranean specialties or classical Italian dishes in La Dolce restaurant while gourmet delights are also on point in L’Acquerello restaurant. For the cocktail and coffee their “American” Clemente Bar is a great choice also while Al Bacaro offers a view on the Venetian lagoon (a stunning point to watch the sunset).

San Clemente Palace Kempinski Venice is an ideal choice for all of those looking for a luxury stay to calm their minds and spoil their senses.

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Honestly, it wouldn’t be fair to complain about this autumn’s weather (at least until now, keeping my fingers crossed for more sunny days like these). Nonetheless, the cold morning temperatures (which can drop below 10°C) and warmer daytime temperatures (even above 20 ° C) can mean a true wardrobe challenge. In the event of such fashion fits, I prefer to wear a coat or a leather jacket. The latter can be worn in various ways, and layering is certainly the most straightforward and trendy solution in this transitional period. In the mornings, I opt for a warm sweater or pair it with a big, snuggly scarf. Wearing big scarfs (that look like blankets) is for sure one of the trendiest solutions this season. In the afternoon, you just scarf at home/work or simply tie it around my bag (or in this case backpack). And I am ready for an autumn picnic with a wonderful view and lots of vitamins!

outfit: Tom Tailor
photo: Pia Hočevar Mucić

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In the previous week Parfois has taken a selected company of bloggers and editors from Slovenia, Croatia and Serbia on a two-day indulgence in the most stunning part of western Slovenia – The Municipality of Brda, (Goriška Brda in Slovene). First, we stopped at the Parfois shop in Citypark Ljubljana, where we chose our fashionable pieces, perfect to elevate our fall looks. Choosing the pieces was quite difficult because there are so many stunning, trendy pieces in the Parfois stores right now, but we managed to carry out this task with excellence. In the next two days we therefore complemented our looks with Parfois fashion accessories and I can assure you, I will be reaching for them in the next few months as well!

The Municipality of Brda is only an hour drive away from the capital, Ljubljana. However, you must cross the Slovenian-Italian border and come back through it to Slovenia to get to it. We chose this path and quickly arrived at our enchanting destination. The fairy-tale landscape, positioned between the Alps and the Adriatic, captivates you with the hilly slopes, full of vineyards, picturesque village houses and beautiful views, bathing in the autumn sunrays. This place truly offers a lot of charming corners, which are a real candy for the eyes, spirit, mind and your taste buds.

Parfois means »by occasion« in Portuguese. And this occasion was an ideal one ….

Our first and main stopping point was the Klinec Plešivo estate, where they greeted us with a welcome feast, followed by a presentation of the new Parfois fall collection, introduced to us by the main representatives of the brand, who flew in straight from Portugal to greet us. We therefore spent the evening with a gourmet delight (team Klinec Plešivo, thank you!), visited the village of Šmartno, ate an amazing brunch at the Vila Vipolže and had wine tasting at Simčič for the very special end.

How will Parfois autumn look like? Sprinkled with natural shades, prevailing with brown and grey combinations, beige, grimy pink and mustard yellow. Animal prints are an especially trendy choice for a stroll in the park full of colourful leaves!

Two days of fashion hangouts and gourmet delights made our bonds stronger, including the one with the brand Parfois itself. Their vision is the secret behind their success. Thanks to them, I was once again reminded of the beauty of my homeland. I am convinced that our two-day trip to theMunicipality of Brda was only the start of our beautiful Parfois journey!

photo: Robert Ribič

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Manarola is one of five little towns known as Cinque Terre. It is probably the oldest one of them all, the since the cornerstone of it’s San Lorenzo church date back to 1338. I visited this picturesque town while this year’s Italy roadtrip. From the city of La Spezia (which is also the province) I took a train and explored this beautiful town on foot. Liguria is so colourful, full of little towns with cute pawed streets, certainly unforgettable, but at the same time extremely crowded. Cinque Terre area is particularly popular among tourists during summer months, the end of September (when I was there) is actually already the end of high-season, but there were still lots of tourists from all over the world. Nevertheless, I still managed to take some outfit photos in this gorgeous flower dress from Tom Tailor.

What to wear when exploring Cinque Terre?

Certainly something light and airy, especially if you’re discovering Cinque Terre during warmer months. It can be extremely hot during the summer and the end of September was still pleasantly warm enough to wear a light midi dress with long sleeves. When it comes to footwear, I highly suggest you take sneakers, since the roads are paved and the landscape is relatively hilly. There’s a magnificent route that runs from Manarola to the neighbouring town of Riomaggiore, called Vila dell’Amore (Love’s Trail) – if you have time and energy, I high suggest you walk along the coastline and enjoy the beautiful view.

outfit: Tom Tailor (Naomi Campbell collection)

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