Just down our dusty lane, about 500 steps away from Villa Allegra, sits Trullo GamberoViola, the home and exotic park-like setting of Daniele and Margherita — he the Gambero, she the Viola — two of the nicest neighbors anyone could wish for.
Filled with olive and fruit trees, countless flowering plant life and a greenhouse built to house and nurture their collection of hundreds of orchids collected from around the world, Trullo GamberoViola, a fully restored, three-cone trullo and lamia in the middle of three hectares of land, is a real Shangri-La tucked away in our laid-back, quiet-as-a-mouse neighborhood in the Valle d’Itria.
New to the property is Lago di Brina, a recently dug, man-made, three-sectioned pond named in honor of their fallen and beloved German Kurzhaar hunting dog. Carved out of the rugged terracotta-colored earth, this little oasis is stocked with darting minnows under the surface, colorful lily pads floating above and dragonflies zipping about to attract the curious — flying, crawling or walking.
A true labor of love, Daniele and Margherita equally share the passion and the sweat-of-the-brow maintenance that’s required to keep Trullo GamberoViola, their one-of-a-kind sanctuary, ready at a moment’s notice for anyone who happens by for a look around, including this camera-laden interloper. 😉