The original trulli town
Alberobello is a small village that is almost 50 km far from Bari. It stands on limestone rocks, and it is well known as one of the main towns of Itria Valley.
In 1996 the town became a UNESCO World Heritage Site. That title has been conquered thanks to the beauty of Trulli, which are the typical white houses characterized by a conical stone roof.
Two of the most famous trulli are called “Casa D’Amore” and the “Siamese Trullo”. There’s even a Church built as a trullo! It is the Church of Saint Antonio.
The historical heart of this village is divided by the street “Largo Martellotta” (which used to be called Largo delle Fogge) in two zones: “Rione Monti” and “Rione Aia Piccola”, both recognized as Italian National Monument in 1910 and 1930.
When in Largo Martellotta, be sure you don’t miss the Belvedere: go up through the stairs, and a breathtaking panorama will appear in front of you!
Beyond the magnificence of the architecture of Trulli, Alberobello is one of the main tourist attractions of Puglia, even in wintertime.
Lights, decorations, and the Nativity enhance its beauty at Christmastime, and since it’s located in the hinterland of Puglia, nowadays, it snows almost every year.
The snow falls just for a few days, usually in early January, but looking at the Trulli covered by a white coat, it seems to be in a fairy tale.
Meet the local culture
If you’re curious to meet the authentic Alberobello’s culture and dive into the real life of Trulli, you can visit the Museo del Territorio (Territory Museum) in “Casa Pezzola”: a group of 15 communicating rooms where tradition and technology get together to show history, habits and folklore of the town.
Anyways, to enjoy the atmosphere to the fullest, we suggest you walk through the little streets, spotting and visiting the old Trulli, talk with locals and eat the typical delicious food.
This small and unique town also has a long artisan tradition: walking across the streets, you can find shops with wrought iron objects, craftworks of olive wood, and linen garments.
Alberobello is also a great point to start a road trip to Puglia because of its position.
Going up North, you can visit Noci, Putignano, and Castellana Grotte. While going South, you can find Locorotondo, Martina Franca, and Cisternino, which are part of Itria Valley too.
Just out of curiosity, guess why the Trulli rooftops have that shape!
In the old days in Italy, there was a tax on the rooftops. So, you had to pay this tax on the number of rooftops you had got.
People from Alberobello had contrived a trick. They started to build their own houses with this conical roof made by stones wedged each other without any glue or concrete. In this way, they could disassemble the roofs anytime, especially when the tax inspector came.
They couldn’t know before that they were building those worldwide unique houses.
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