Alberobello can be found in Southern Italy, Puglia to be precise. Apart from the town’s name being a treat for the tongue “Alb-er-o-bello” (doesn’t it feel delightful to say?), the town is well known for the Trulli. You can be forgiven if you have never heard of Trulli as they are indigenous to Alberobello and neighbouring towns in this region. So, what do you need to know to visit Alberobello?
What is significant about Alberobello?
The Trullo (singular of Trullli) properties are iconic structures, they are petite and cone shaped by design and most likely date back to the early 14th Century. The gathering of Trullo (Trulli) of Alberobello has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site. UNESCO describes the Trulli as “remarkable examples of corbelled dry-stone construction, a prehistoric building technique”.
My research indicates that there may have been a number of reasons for such a technique being deployed, but the most common legend sited seems to be that properties were built with dry stone to enable them to be demolished quickly if settlements needed to be relocated. Perhaps the Trulli inhabitants were the original nomads!
The Trulli in Alberobello are painted regularly, which I assume helps to prevent the buildings becoming damaged and creates a wonderfully white washed panoramic. Many of the cone roofs are adorned with religious symbols, according to UNESCO this was traditionally thought to ward away evil spirits.
How to get the best views of Trulli when you are visiting Alberobello?
For the best views of the Trulli, and to get off the busy streets in the Summer, I’d recommend taking in a Peroni or two at one of the roof terraced bars that can be found in the winding alleyways of the Trulli di Alberobello Puglia area. But keep your eyes peeled, some of these are hidden in the tiny doorways of the Trulli which makes the rooftops feel like a special secret. If you’re visiting Alberobello, make sure you sure you look up to find these secret rooftop treats!
If you want a closer look, you have a few options:
i) Visit the Trulli Museum housed at Trullo Sovrano, for a couple of euros you can have a proper nose around this two story Trullo.
ii) If you really want to live out your Elvish fantasies, then consider staying overnight in one of the B&Bs, such as this one which is right amongst it.
Getting to Alberobello
There are a few different ways:
i) From Bari Airport, there’s a regular train service direct into Alberobello
ii) From Bari City, take the bus from behind Bari Central station. It takes around an hour, runs regularly and costs 8,80 (Euro) (August 2022)
iii) From Brindisi Airport, there’s a regular train service direct into Alberobello
iv) You can drive, there’s a large carpark just near the bus station, but be cautious in summer season as it get’s busy.