Alberobello: the City of Trulli

Characterized by an entire neighborhood of Trulli, its historical importance and architectural uniqueness, the city of Alberobello has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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The history of Trulli

The history of these buildings dates back to very distant times, when farmers were forced to build dry, thus having to use only stone. They therefore found the best configuration in the round shape with a self-supporting domed roof, composed of circles of overlapping stones.

The roofs were then embellished with decorative pinnacles, inspired by spiritual, symbolic and mystical motifs.

What to see in the historic center

Being very small, the village can be visited on foot, navigating the very narrow streets that compose it and enjoying all the beauties that belong to it.

Walking you will discover an almost magical and fairy-tale world, where the color white reigns supreme and where trulli of all sizes alternate with souvenir shops, restaurants and clubs.

Two places that most deserve attention are Rione Monti district and the Aia Piccola district.

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The Rione Monti district to the south of the city is home to the fascinating trullo-shaped Church of Sant’Antonio, dating back to 1927. The oldest trulli are located here, via Monte Nero and via Monte Pasubio. Among these, the Trulli Siamese, two trulli joined at the top, with entrances on two different streets.

One of the unmissable stops is Casa Pezzolla, a real museum, made up of 15 trulli recognized by UNESCO as an artistic heritage of global interest. It is designed as a container of tools, finds and testimonies relating to history, traditions and folklore.

Also not to be missed are the Trullo Sovrano in Aia Piccola, the only two-storey trullo and the Basilica of Love and the Belvedere of Alberobello, a splendid balcony overlooking the historic center of the Rione Monti.

Wandering around the shops, you can’t help but take a break in the trulli used as restaurants, to enjoy some of the most varied cuisine in Europe and typical local products such as turnip greens and Apulian burrata.

What to see near Alberobello

For those wishing to stay for several days, you can move to nearby cities such as Polignano a Mare, Monopoli and Castellana Grotte to discover the beauty of these places and enjoy the beautiful sea of these areas.

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Itria Valley

In this large and flat karst basin, in which the trulli, the verdant countryside, carefully cultivated with vineyards, vegetable gardens, fruit trees, the dry stone walls, the tiny country lanes contribute to the definition of a pleasant and fascinating landscape picture.

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