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Matera / Alberobello

I don't post often but have been a Rick Steves follower for years and he obviously is the inspiration for our travels. The wife and I have never been on one of his tours as we elect to do our own itineraries and travel such as he did in the beginning. Exploring and discovering by ourselves.

I do have a question though. I dont think I've ever seen anything on his TV shows or presentations specifically on the Italian regions of Apulia (Alberobello) or Basilicata (Matera).

After the Pandemic ends and travel opens up, these regions and locations are #1 on our list.

Does anyone have any information on which specific travel book he has that might give information on his specific choices for lodging in these areas? I don't find them listed in either Italy travel book.

Thanks so much.

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625 posts

Puglia and Basilicata (and several other wonderful regions of Italy) are not in Rick's books, but there is plenty of information here in this forum. One place to start is: https://community.ricksteves.com/travel-forum/italy/travel-guidebook-for-southern-italy

As for places to stay, we enjoyed our cave room in this B&B in Matera: https://lacortedeipastori.com/

I would not stay in Alberobello itself but in your own private trullo nearby (there are lots --- we loved ours but it was for six people) or in a trullo that is part of a B&B --- our favorite place was Masseria Aprile, just outside of Locorotondo: https://www.masseriaaprile.it/en/camere-con-trulli/

Posted by
9070 posts

Please go beyond Rick Steves destinations. There is more to Apulia than Alberobello. Explore Lecce, Gallipoli and Taranto as some suggestions.

Posted by
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Rick Steves’ (RS) uses Lonely Planet (LP). What makes LP a good guidebook is they let you know when the next edition will be available as RS does. An updated version of LPs Southern IT guide comes out in May '22: https://shop.lonelyplanet.com/products/southern-italy-5?via=Z2lkOi8vbG9uZWx5LXBsYW5ldC9Xb3JrYXJlYTo6Q2F0YWxvZzo6Q2F0ZWdvcnkvNTllZTQ5YjlmOTJlYTE0MTg2MDU4NThm.
Rough Guides is also good but, unfortunately, they don’t let you know when the next one will be available. Therefore, I wait until the day before I depart and purchase an electronic version that I read on the plane.

Posted by
11904 posts

Thanks for mentioning the Lonely Planet book, Mary Pat. I bought the Puglia chapter in the e-book version, $4.95.

Posted by
1600 posts

hey hey dwhornick
happy you came to the right place to ask questions, these posters know their "stuff"
theculturetrip.com/14 reasons to add puglia
theculturetrip.com/chef raffaella de vista's guide
tripsavvy.com/top places to visit in puglia
eatwith.com/alberobello or bari or matera or any town you'll be in or near. lunch, dinners, cooking classes in residents home for fun and entertainment.
onelessrat.wordpress/7 things to do in bari
experiencedtraveller.com/matera
italymammamia.com/things to do in bari
enjoy, have a great time, hope this gives you more info to research
aloha

Posted by
1735 posts

Accommodations are better found online, not in books. Especially now with so many changes.

Posted by
6098 posts

We spent a week in beautiful seaside Polignano a Mare, used it as a base to explore Puglia. . Loved Lecce.
Glad I saw the history and caves in Matera but it isn’t a place I would want to stay several nights.