Puglia is a diverse region with a perfect blend of rustic landscapes and kilometres of pristine coastline. It is steeped in history; over the centuries, the region has been invaded by the Greeks, Romans and Moors and each has left their mark on Puglia’s art and architecture. The region offers a raft of whitewashed towns and villages but none quite as dramatic and unusual as Alberobello.
Alberobello is a gem of a town; an upmarket location and famous for its trulli - the characteristic white-washed conical-roofed houses of the area. It is home to more than 1,000 Trulli properties (now part of UNESCO World Heritage) and its skyline is almost surreal.
The Trulli are what draws most people to the town but it is much more than a sightseeing stop, it is a perfectly shaped little town offering so much for the holiday maker. Rione Monti consists of several narrow lanes sloping upwards, with others winding along the hillside, and is extremely picturesque both from afar and close up. In addition to the trulli shops selling typical Puglian wares, you will find cute little bars where you can sample local wines.
Corso Vittorio Emanuele, leads down through town towards the main trulli areas. It offers a few bars, shops and restaurants. The main town square, Piazza del Popolo, is a lovely open space with tables and benches for watching the world go by. Just beyond this, next to the Church of Santa Lucia, is a belvedere offering good views over the trulli.
The town offers several restaurants and pizzerias, some in trulli and many with outside terraces. The local bars offer fantastic selections of ice-cream.
Around Alberobello - the Beaches
Alberobello may be in the hills but a short drive down to the coast will bring you to kilometres of sandy beaches. Torre Canne (near Fasano), offers lido style beaches with facilities that you would expect in Italy and Polignano a Mare, There are many places where you can find your own private cove and swim from the rocks!
The towns and other places of interest
Alberobello may be a gem of a town but you will be spoilt for choice when visiting nearby towns; Ostuni (also known as the "White City") is another southern star. Situated on three hills, it is characterised by pretty white houses, small piazzas with bars, restaurants (many excellent) and exceptional views.
Smaller and more serene Cisternino is also a delightful hill town surrounded by expanses of vineyards, almond and olive groves. It is now known as one of the most beautiful in Italy (I Borghi piu belli d'Italia) and there is a maze of sun-bleached cobbled streets and alleyways.
Martina Franca is a pleasant whitewashed-and-baroque town and Locorotondo has a small historic centre on a hill with lovely views over the Valle d'Itria, a green landscape dotted with white trulli.
Another must is Castellana Grotte, which is famous for its extensive and dramatic show cave – it offers a 3 km network of underground caves, which are are rich with stalagmites, stalactites, lakes and underground caverns.
Accommodation in Alberobello
Holiday Homes in Italy offers a fantastic range of properties in and around the Alberobello area. From villas to traditional Trulli, the holiday maker will be spoilt for choice and prices are far more reasonable than the majority of Italy. For our full selection of properties, click here.
All in all, Alberobello is a perfect location for a holiday in Puglia; fantastic properties, beautiful sun kissed landscapes, a perfect town steeped in history but offering a great selection of shops selling local produce, nice cafes and trattorie offering al fresco dining. Puglia personified.
The best airports for Alberobello are Bari and Brindisi. The easiest way to reach Alberobello is by car, which gives the traveller the freedom to discover the beauty of the area. However, it is also possible to take a train from both Bari and Brindisi railway stations.