The best part about Alberobello is that the town of trulli is closeknit, and a little walk up one hill and down another will give you a couple of hours of enjoyment. The people of the town are truly, no pun intended, excited to meet you. They will invite you into their homes. The homes are fast becoming tourist shops due to the new rush on seeing...more
Be sure to go into a trullo. We were part of a tour and of course that was included. I am sure that "open visits" are suggested by the tourist office or perhaps there are signs or just ask (the people are shy but friendly and you can look the Italian words up in your dictionary). You could describe the spaces as comfy or tight. Nobody looked very...more
As one approaches Alberobello by car, the trulli appear. Outside of town they are usually a tool-shed or outbuilding. In town there are over 1000 ,usually used as dwellings. They are round or rectangular at the base and made of whitewashed (always!) blocks of stone (usually limestone with or without limestone mortar bonding). The magical...more
While in Italy, I had a fascination with doors. And you can find door pictures on quite a few of my Italy pages, and even a whole selection of doors and door knockers on my Europe page. This is a door picture that I took in Alberobello. I Didn't find any spectacular doors with doorknockers here in Alberobello, most of them were simple. Hahaha, I...more
Seldom do you see just one lonely "trullo" by itself. (When you have more than one "trullo" they are called "trulli"). As a family grows so does their tiny one room house. A new "trullo" is nestled right up beside the first one, naturally, with an opening made in their common wall to connect the two. Later, if the family wants even more room, it's...more
Walking through Alberobello, with my camera in my hand. Alberobello is so picturesque that I made lots of pictures here. Hahaha, as you will discover later, the roofs were my favourite part of the trulli :-)Quite a few trulli have been turned into small shops for the tourist trade. It's nice to go inside a few of them as you get a chance to see the...more
This old man was standing in his doorway, looking curiously at me and giving me a smile. The people in Alberobello are very nice. This man reminds me of a man I met earlier on in the day. He was having a little atelier with paintings, and I took a look there. He started to talk to me, but unfortunately he didn't speak that well English. Hahaha, and...more
We were very pleased to find this hotel was so close to the train station- a five minute walk...more
we stayed one night in a typical trulli no.43.. even far before our coming and althuogh owners...more
Piazza Ferdinando IV 7, Alberobello, 70011, Italy
Good for: Business
I think this is where we ate lunch.(i.e. the name and address. The picture is correct ) The food was not memorable but tasty. I was not yet a VTer so I have no notes and no map.
Favorite Dish: The local wine was very good. I do not remeber what we ate. It was not the pizza which looked good
Ferrovie del Sud Est have a train line between Bari and Taranto, with several stops on the way, including Alberobello and Castellana Grotta. This link is to the websites timetable (pdf-file). The train runs frequently and almost hourly, but pay attention to this: Not on Sundays!! We went to the station of Alberobello and it was completely shot...more
I went by car to Alberobello, and it's not that hard to find. Head south of Bari on S100 and then east (signposted) on S172. Just outside the tourist area you'll find lots of parking spaces, for which you have to pay though. I can't remember how much anymore, but I don't think it was that cheap.You can also go by train to Alberobello. FSE trains...more
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Along the main street up the hill to the Church (San Antonio) are trulli which are shops filled with souvenirs or local crafts (embroidery etc). Be sure to examine the labels and the work ; the country of origin may not be Italy but Taiwan, China, etc.!! This may even apply to Trulli models.
What to buy: Model trulli or embroidery.
What to pay: Whatever you find or negotiate
Many trulli are topped off with a crown, called the "Pinaccolo" or pinnacle, either in a ball shape which some claim is the symbol of the sun, or in a religious symbol. All of these cone shaped roofs have painted hex symbols on them, while others are astrological.The pinnacle seems to help the myth of the painted pagan symbols on the cone shaped...more
A last theory that I want to share with you, links the trulli with similar structures in Mycenae and suggest that their origins could be as old as 3000 B.C. Apulia was indeed part of Magna Graecia and thus could have come under that influence. Similarities have been noted between the trulli of Apulia and the "sugarloaf" houses of Syria. It has been...more
Many of the homeowners in Trulli, have reached out to the tourist and want to have a touch of the gold. They will invite you into their trulli home, and ask you to pay for the introduction to the inside. Ask first, if there is a charge, but Italian is mostly what is spoken in the homesites.
Unique Suggestions: Give them a dollar for looking in and if they are selling crafts, buy a trinket, after all they are just trying to get use to all us tourists who have destroyed the calm of the town, with the ever thirsty quest for knowledge of something new that actually is very old.
Fun Alternatives: If you like, the many shops are open for free browsing. Just look for the shops sign.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies:
Sunscreen! It can be burning hot here in the summer, certainly when you do like me, and visit Alberobello during the middle of the day. Sunscreen is certainly not a luxery around here, but an absolute must.
Photo Equipment: Bring your camera and lots of film, because you will need it. Alberobello is very picturesque!
Not far from Alberobello is the city of Ostuni. The "white city" of Ostuni is built above the green terraced fields. The city is such a beautiful sight from a distance. It is sitting up on the top of three neighbouring hills, and all the houses are perfectly whitewashed. I know I was in Italy, otherwise I would never believe it. It doesn't look Italian to me at all!
Ostuni is the main city of the pre-Roman Messapii tribe, and its compactness is reminiscent of a Greek town - as is its name which comes from the ancient Greek "Astunéon" meaning "new fortress".
Alberobello was orginally not on my list of places I wanted to see. I had never heard of it, so how could I include it? Alberobello is quite far south in Italy, close to Bari, and this part of Italy wasn't on my itinerary.
But I changed my mind after my neighbour told me about this place and showed me some pictures of it. I was convinced! Going here meant quite a detour, but worth while! I had to see these strange structures called trulli. So here I am driving on a hot summers day in August from Paestum to Alberobello. The sun was hot and the sheep were trying to find some shade under the trees.
The landscape close to Alberobello is quite beautiful, filled with olive groves, vineyards, and stone-walled fields and of course the occasional trulli in the fields.