Alberobello Italy - or "beautiful tree" in the native tongue, is a tiny southern town in the metropolitan city of Bari in Apulia region. Apulia region is sometimes referred to as Puglia, either one is correct. This town may be small, but it is mighty and it's world famous for the Trulli buildings, which are local custom-built dry stone huts with conical roofs. These unique structures are a must see on your trip here and were designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996. Let’s explore what there is to see and do in and around Alberobello Italy.
Once you reach Alberobello Italy, perhaps the first thing on your agenda will be to see the famed Trulli houses. Although the exceptional Trulli houses can be seen throughout most of central Puglia, the greatest number of them are located in Alberobello. There are two areas in town where the buildings are almost entirely Trulli. About a thousand in total. These whitewashed dry limestone huts with conical roofs date back to about 1350 and were meant as an only temporary shelter. Today, some of these structures have been renovated into hotels and vacation rentals. A truly unique experience to not only visit the Trulli houses but to actually sleep in one! Moreover, there are Trulli shops, restaurants, churches and many other buildings in the town that were once Trulli dwellings.
Alberobello also has a charming collection of museums for you to explore. The Museo del Territorio is ten Trulli put together and are decorated to show visitors what the houses may have looked like way back when. They also have spires and some equipment on display. Other museums in Alberobello include a Museum of Wine, a Museum of Handicrafts and a Museum of Olive Oil.
If you are after some authentic Italian food and drinks, you will have your pick of restaurants, cafes and bars in Alberobello. The tourist areas will have small shops and bars where you can grab a snack or a light meal. There are pizzerias and other restaurants that are housed in Trulli and have an outside terrace where you can relax for a minute from your busy day of sightseeing. They also have a weekly fruit and vegetable market if you are in the mood for some fresh produce. If you’re interested in fine dining, Alberobello has two main restaurants near the center of town. You can have a light lunch, snack or a hearty meal here depending on your schedule and preference.
A visit to Alberobello is a bit like stepping into the past. With the stunning Trulli buildings and a host of museums to choose from, a stop in Alberobello is a must on your vacation to southern Italy.