Thinking of taking a dream trip to Italy? Why not visit Alberobello, a UNESCO world heritage site, and home to the amazing and unique 14th century style of architecture called Trullo (pl. Trulli).
Alberobello, known affectionately as the Capital of the Trulli to locals, sits in the Bari province of Southern Italy and is accentuated by its whimsical, fairytale-esque facade, an attractive, thriving tourist-friendly destination that is also listed as a World Heritage Site, thanks to its unique selling point, the Trulli. With summer holiday ideas running thin, cheap late holidays are the order of the day and a comfortable stay in Alberobello may just be the ticket for that perfect way to cap off your summer.
Alberobello doesn’t have its own international airport, a relieving fact for those who aren’t keen on the idea of an overrun tourist hot-spot. Potential visitors are in luck as the area isn’t densely populated and is adequately accessible via rail from Bari’s city central as well as a shuttle service and, if you want a degree of control, the option to rent and drive your very own car.
Alberobello’s Local Attractions
Alberobello is not a towering city nor is it a sprawling townscape; visitors will come across a charming and intimate region where all the big attractions are placed within comfortable walking distance from each other. The architecture stands head and shoulders above most other generic attractions and the trulli epitomizes this very fact.
A trullo is an ancient style of hut marked by white-stained, dry-stone (like drywall) walls, and with a conical-shaped roof. They’re incredibly prevalent in the Bari province of Italy, lining the Adriatic Sea. With around 1,500 trulli in the Puglia district of the town, this 14th century infusion gives Alberobello its unique selling point, and visitors can wander from the trullo church of St. Anthony to the Valley of Trulli, taking in the unique building shapes and the conical roof formations.
Head over to Trullo Sovrano, the only two-floor trullo and a museum, that evokes an 18th-century appeal with its refurnished bakery and bedroom, said to have been built by a priest and his family.
Those looking to garner a little knowledge during the trip will not be let down by the
Museo del Territorio, a trullo construction which documents the town’s history, giving off a 14th century appeal, showcasing the living conditions and genuine architecture of an earlier period.
Taking home a trulli model as a souvenir would be at the top of any to-do list and a number of small, friendly shops are dotted around the town, such as Rione Monte, a series of trulli that slope down the gentle hills of the town, now converted into gift shops, calling out to visitors.
For food and drink, a number of little establishments, such as Casa Nova and La Cantina (which also features an open kitchen, enabling you to watch your meal being cooked), sit near the centre of town, offering wonderful views and a warm atmosphere alongside the local, delectable food.
Elsewhere, dining in the trulli is another must-do for anyone considering Alberobello and Trullo d’Oro offers that very experience, inviting guests in with an intriguing menu full of local classics as well as a range of the usual suspects.
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