“White is not a mere absence of color; it is a shining and affirmative thing, as fierce as red, as definite as black. God paints in many colors; but He never paints so gorgeously, I had almost said so gaudily, as when He paints in white.”
May be that God quoted by G.K. Chesterton had a special look at Locorotondo. Here, light reflecting on white walls and whitewashed houses is very special, anytime. There an unexpected candour that progressively unveils behind any arch, stairs or “cummersa”, both in spring, when almond trees bloom, and in September when summer is ending. Locorotondo is a unique small town, included in the official list of the most beautiful Italian villages. It will conquer you with its lime that whites any building in historical center, alternated only with nice and colorful flowers embellishing any balcony. There are many details and elements to admire: the impressive Apulian stone, the secrecy of narrow alleys, the warmth of typical houses with sloping roof (“cummersa”) covered by chiancarelle (=limestone slabs), small churches, the special Valle d’Itria surrounding Locorotondo.
We invite you to relax and to get lost, stopping in some suggested stages.
Well drinking is very easy in Locorotondo. This town is homeland of a DOC white wine and there are many cellars that are carrying out with passion and professionalism a special research linked to territory. Moreover, you can taste also the Minutolo, a special white wine obtained with a grape autochthon, recently recovered: it is deeply white, intense and delicate, floral with notes of exotic fruits. The best way of tasting it is directly in cellar. At few kilometers, Cantina I Pàstini offers wine tour packs for visiting vineyards and tasting interesting wines in its special location. Read more about it in this article. For those that love “mixology”, two unmissable addresses: BBeP (acronym of Barba Baffi e Pellicce) and Docks 101, located on a panoramic place, where you can taste original and special cocktail drinks.
Locorotondo, and also all Puglia of course, is told as one of the best place where tasting the best street food in Italy: panzerotti (fried pizza pocket stuffed with tomatoes and mozzarella), focaccia, sandwiches with grilled “bombette” (a sort of small meatloaves). There are so many dishes that visitors should imagine that street-food was born here. We suggest a stop at U Curdunn to those that love strong flavors, such as “gnumerèdde suffuchète” (rolls of lamb tripe, cooked for a long time into terracotta pans). It is a delicious restaurant in historic town center. All dishes proposed by Peppino and Margherita evoke the long and relaxing lunches, as typical in the Southern of Italy: handmade pasta, local meats, traditional method of preparation.
Tenuta Lauro Resort surely will make anyone fall in love instantly. Big laurel trees safe privacy of this country residence, where an intelligent recovery of typical trulli make its general stylish concept. Tenuta Lauro resort is a rustic residence, where artisanal furniture and design objects by Missoni are fitted as a puzzle of modern and old elements. Waking up in this silent location, having breakfast in its nice garden surrounded by aromatic plants, relaxing in its swimming pool in the shade of centuries-old olive trees, lunching in its biological garden: these are only some of all experience you can enjoy and that make your holidays unforgettable.
Loving care for body and spirit
One chair, one washboard. Michele d’Amico made his hairdressing workshop a place of beauty and taking care in its highest meaning. Antique furniture from his grandma and aunt’s houses, hand painted pieces on walls and smart retro’ details will lead mind and body out of present. You can enjoy haircut, hair straightening and color only starting from afternoon. Michele opens his saloon at 4.00 pm until late night: it is time of day with more moments for reflection, art and poetry.
Incredix Lab Design
The atelier of Incredix (alias Pino Giacovelli) overlooks the green Locorotondo’s countryside and encloses, such as a casket, special creations, lovely handmade. Pino has the great merit of revitalizing industrial waste products mixing them with wood, resin, stone dust in a special light alchemy. In this lab design, all elements are handmade. Pino projects – and then hand makes – tables, chairs, lamps and shelves and you can see most of them in many shops, pubs and restaurants of Locorotondo. Stopping in Incredix Lab Design means understanding that senses and materials can be excellent starting points and can create sublime elements if mind and hearts tell each other.
Il tempo ritrovato
A poetical memory in mind: those afternoons spent at grandma’s home, snacks consumed in kitchens, on wooden tables where usually there was a crochet doily. Now, get the central square in Locorotondo, enter in Nunzia’s workshop and the same poetical memory will come to your mind. Everywhere: bedclothes, towels, scarves, bags and small handmade pieces, using the traditional procedure called “Punto Margherita”, an old forgotten method that Nunzia and her staff had uncovered. This experience remembers us that Locorotondo is not only beautiful “cummerse” and white streets, but also old traditions to discover and enjoy, passed down from mother to daughter for us.