Set in the midst of pleasant countryside dotted with the traditional dry-stone cone-roofed houses, the Trulli, Alberobello, in the Province of Bari, is one of Puglia’s most characteristic towns. Alberobello’s landmark is the Trullo Sovrano, the largest in town, which dates back to the mid-1700s and is today a fascinating venue for summer art and music shows. Another impressive heritage building is Casa Pezzolla, standing in the town centre between the quarter of Aia Piccola and Piazza del Popolo: this is the largest traditional house, consisting of fifteen adjoining units. The signature stone houses also mark the Monti quarter, which hosts the fine Church of Sant’Antonio and many artisan workshops and small shops painted in traditional colours. The surrounding area is equally interesting: the white town of Ostuni and the Caves of Castellana offer splendid opportunities for day trips, while the sea is just half an hour by car. Just drive on a little further, and you’ll come to Lecce and the Salento Peninsula.
Not to be missed in Alberobello
Rione Aia Piccola and Rione Monti
The Church of Sant’Antonio, built in ‘trullo’ style
The Basilica of Santi Medici Cosma and Damiano
The Caves of Castellana
Where to sleep in Alberobello
To appreciate to the full Alberobello’s architectural uniqueness, choose a hotel set in the town centre. Wake up amidst the ‘trulli’, stroll through streets dotted with small craft shops and workshops – enjoy the feeling of being in a magic place, out of time.
When to visit Alberobello
Beachgoers tend to favour July and August when temperatures are highest; June and September are also enjoyable, with warm weather and less crowded. But Alberobello offers a unique experience in winter too, when the profiles of the peaked ‘trulli’ etched in snow offer their own kind of magic. At Christmas time, the ‘trulli’ are the stage for the most appealing living nativity scene in the whole Region.