Discover Alberobello Italy, Puglia’s most famous small town with its trulli. Keep reading for our mini Alberobello guide for everything you need to know before visiting and the best things to do in Alberobello.
When someone mentions Puglia, there’ll be practically no time until they start talking about Alberobello.
Alberobello is probably Puglia’s most popular and most visited town famous for its trulli, one-of-a-kind stone buildings with conical roofs.
A visit to Alberobello will have you exploring the trulli-lined streets, peeking into the structures themselves and perhaps dining in one or two trullo restaurants and cafes.
The trulli have a fascinating history connected to the ruling powers of the area in the 15th Century.
In the 15th Century, most of modern-day Puglia was subjected to the rules and laws of the Kingdom of Naples that subjected various settlements to tributes (in the form of taxes).
At this time Alberobello was in the feudal hands of the Counts of Conversano D’Acquaviva D’Aragona who ordered the town’s residents to build their homes using dry stone- without using mortar.
This would give them a precarious and unfinished state so they could easily be demolished to avoid tributes having to be paid to the Kingdom of Naples.
With some trial and error, the residents found that this single, conical roofed dwelling was the best structure. Low and behold, the trullo was born.
Throughout the years, residents continued living in these buildings, eventually adding mortar to make them safer and more permanent structures. The trulli of Alberobello was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996.
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How to Get to Alberobello Italy
Alberobello Italy is located in the Itria Valley in central Puglia, close to other towns like Locorotondo and Martina Franca. It’s one hour south-east of Bari and 30 minutes south of Polignano a Mare.
As Puglia is a supreme road trip destination in Italy, getting to Alberobello by car as part of a Puglia road trip itinerary is the best way to get here, but other ways exist too.
Car – Located in the heart of the Itria Valley, Alberobello can easily be reached from Locorotondo, Martina Franca, Cisternino, Polignano a Mare and Bari by car. Once in Alberobello, you find many places to park, including paid parking lots which seem to be the most efficient place to park.
Many of the parking lots are free before 9 am and as getting to Alberobello early to beat the crowds is a must- you’ll also get free parking. We parked here which has a great location close to everything.
Train – There are train services that run to Alberobello Puglia but the ease of the trip will depend on where you’re coming from and you’ll most like have to change trains at least once.
There are direct services from Locorotondo. From Bari, you’ll need to change in Putignano and services take about 2 hours. From further popular destinations like the Amalfi Coast and the Cinque Terre you’ll probably want to opt for the train but be prepared to have to change trains. Check Tren Italia here to plan your route.
Bus– Alberobello can be reached by bus from most towns in the Itria Valley and beyond. From Bari a bus runs to Alberobello taking just over an hour, making it more convenient than the train.
Top Things to Do in Alberobello
Explore the Trulli-filled Center
Visitor’s main draw to Alberobello are its unique trulli (singular is ‘trullo’) and if this is the case for you, you’ll want to start your day by simply strolling around the centre, getting your bearings and admiring the unique architecture.
From the town’s main thoroughfare, you’ll notice the cluster of trulli and the alleyways running uphill- Rione Monti- this is a great place to start.
Every corner of these labyrinth, trulli-lined alleyways are photogenic, with entranceways decorated with cacti and potted flowers.
Most of the trulli here have now been converted into souvenir shops, bars, restaurants and vacation rentals but exploring a little further from the center you may find a few locals that still live in these tiny, stone, houses.
Once done in this area make sure to also cross the main road into the other side of town. There are many other trullo-filled areas to explore as well as the more modern, working-side of town where you can meet locals going about their everyday life.
I highly encourage walking around and just seeing where the streets take you. Walking around and exploring really is one of the best things to do in Alberobello.
If you don’t really want to walk around by yourself and would rather also learn a little more about the history and culture of Alberobello make sure to opt for a walking tour to make the most of your trip.
This walking tour came recommended to us which also included a tasting of local olive oil.
If you prefer a food-focused walking tour click here.
Take in the Views
There’s nothing more unique than a panorama of Alberobello Italy, with all its white-washed, stone walls, and grey conical roofs.
Luckily there are a view different viewpoints around town that will give you a real sight for sore eyes and allow you to take some pretty dreamy photos. Here are the best viewpoints in Alberobello.
Belvedere Terrazza Santa Lucia– Right next to the church of the same name this is probably the best viewpoint in town and from where I took most of the panoramic photos in this post.
From here you can see all the trulli roofs and the little alleyways that puncture them.
Villa Comunale Belvedere Parco – Just a short walk away from Santa Lucia church is a little communal park, perfect for relaxing and sitting down in their trullo cafe for an espresso.
This little park also boasts some spectacular views of the trulli.
Visit Parrocchia Sant-Antonio di Padova
For a chance to glimpse one of the largest trullo churches in Alberobello and the only thing quite like this in the world, make sure you head up to the Parrocchia Sant-Antonio di Padova.
Retaining the trullo architecture that makes Alberobello so unique this landmark church has a high, stone dome and very short nave.
While it’s not Italy’s most well-decorated church it’s certainly worth a peek inside for its high walls and dome, not seen in the other trullo houses in town.
Stroll in the Alberobello Italy Rione Aia Picola area
While the Rione Monti area is full of beautiful trulli, it is somewhat touristy with souvenir shops around every corner. If you’re looking some something a little more authentic, taking a stroll in the Rione Aia Piccola area is one of the best things to do in Alberobello.
The Rione Aia Piccola area of trulli is located just east of Villa Comunale Belvedere Parco and you can find it on Google Maps here.
In this area, you’ll find much less commercialism and even a few locals that still live in these cosy dwellings. The best thing to do here is just walk around, taking any small alleyways you can find.
I highly recommend coming early as this small area gets packed with tour groups very quickly.
Visit Il Trullo Piu Piccolo
That’s the smallest trullo in Italian… this tiny dwelling is Alberobello’s baby trullo. No Alberobello guide would really be complete without mentioning it so make sure to head inside to see what it would have been like to live here.
Snap a photo with a Siamese Trullo
Continuing with the theme of unusual trullos, a snap with a Siamese trullo is a must. No doubt you’ll come across the structure and potentially many more while exploring the historical town but make sure to pay attention as it’s easily missed.
This type of two-pointed trullo may look like two trulli stuck together from the outside, but inside you’ll find just one roof.
Inside you’ll find a souvenir shop but the entrance is free if you want to go inside for a quick look. Unfortunately, it was still closed when we visited.
Visit Casa D’Amore
Throughout history, trullos weren’t exactly associated with luxurious living until the moment Casa D’Amore came about and defied the status of the trullo turning it from a humble residence to a palace.
The building of this trullo came straight after the liberation of Alberobello and shows the first architectural symbol of the liberation from the feudal vassalage of the Counts of Conversano.