Cured Italian sausages hang from the ceilings and local cheeses line the shelves of Antica Salumeria, a shop that’s known among locals as one of the top places to sample Bari’s regional snacks. Fresh salads and pastas make for ideal in-port picnic provisions; be sure to snag a bottle of olive oil as a souvenir.
Uncovering authentic local finds and having experiences that make you feel like you’ve really connected with a place are important elements in ensuring an extraordinary vacation. We’re taking advantage of our partnership with Travel + Leisure to get their editors’ recommendations and insider tips on the places you will want to visit. Here are their picks for just one of the 150 destinations they covered.
Thanks to its trulli—unusual conical roofs made without mortar—the UNESCO-listed town of Alberobello looks like something out of a fairytale. More than 1,500 of these whitewashed dwellings bear the slate-colored hat tops, and while some have been converted into shops and restaurants, many are still inhabited by locals. Stop to admire the towering Church of St. Anthony’s trullo, as well as the two-story Trullo Sovrano, a museum where a re-created bedroom, kitchen, and bakery depict domestic life in the 1800’s.
What’s most exciting about this hilltop castle is the mystery that surrounds it. Built in the 13th century by Frederick II, its small octagonal footprint has led scholars down various theoretical rabbit holes. (Many believe, for example, that it was built as a hunting lodge rather than as a fortress of defense.) While ornaments were extensively looted throughout the 18th century, it’s still worth visiting for its unusual shape and building materials—limestone, coralline breccia, and marble were used in its construction—as well as the commanding views from its eight towers.
Splurge on a long lunch at Biancofiore, where the atmosphere alone is worth the price of a meal. The restaurant’s contemporary dining room retains its original stone floor and cathedral ceiling. An elegant staff waits on bankers in tailored suits dining on pea-pod-shaped pasta, called capunti, with anchovies, pine nuts, and mint.
Be sure to visit our Shore Excursions page or speak with our onboard Destination Concierge for arrangements to any of these must-sees.