Visit the countryside of Alberobello

Gigante Foundation

It's a building placed in southern country of the town, recognizable from the red painting of the external plaster, a mixture of lime's milk a "vuolo" (a typical red soil of this territory). This ancient farm built in the middle of 19th Century, is a place full of history. The origins are strictly bound to a controversial figure of the town's history (the priest Francesco Gigante) and deals with liks to the post-unification brigandage. Nowadays, though in a state of total neglect, remains one of the last concentration camps of the fascist period still lasting in the whole Italy. During the WWII it was used as concentration camp for Jews and POW. In the troubled history of the "Gigante's farm" seems to finally emerge a solution, even if is still not a structural recover, at least a safeguard to the use of the building. Unfortunately, the farm is currently open only externally.

Apulian Acqueduct

Apulia is a dry and carsic land, at least it was, before this majestic work solved the biggest problem of the region: water. The works started 1906 and lasted until 1939, bringing the waters from Basilicata and Campania to the whole Apulia. Nowadays icludes a idric network of 21.000 km and has no comparing facilities in the whole Italy. A splendid project foresees the future of the Apulian Acqueduct, made of walkable canals and stone bridges the permeates the landscape, as the biggest european bike route. Already today the acqueduct is the perfect place for trekking excursions and small walks among the Nature.

Paparale's Trullo

It's a very old trullo located just in the northern outskirt of town (Paparale district). The unique architecture of this trullo built without mortar, is given by its elliptical plan, which forms a double trullo with an extremely singular form. Also the entrance is unusually placed in the middle of the two cones. According to tradition, formerly was a seat of an oratory, so much so that even the very name of the district, Paparale (with dialectal origins by greek roots) would mean "the dwelling of the priest". Owned by private, it's currently observable from outside only.

Curri Villa

Just in the northern outskirt of town, in Villa Curri street, is the residence in Alberobello of architect Antonio Curri. The building which already existed, it was modified and enlarged by the architect with his unmistakable style, capable to combine elements of Neoclassical, Renaissance and exotic styles. The changes affected mostly the second floor, the main staircase, but especially the outside, entering numerous decorative elements to the inner and outdoor furnishings. From some paintings of his nephew Thomas Curri, it is evident that up to the thirties, the garden was well kept and full of exotic plants brought back from Naples. Unfortunately, furnishings and decorations, little remains today. For problems of inheritance, the villa remained unattended for a long time in the second half of the twentieth century, exposed to looters who have plundered the furniture and most of the decorations. The advance of the urbanization, leaned dwellings of little value, and what used to be the garden, has been converted by the current owners, operating in the construction sector, in a receptacle for "2nd hand" stones. Although today it is hard to even imagine the splendor of ancient villa Curri, it remains one of the most interesting architectural legacies of architect Curri.

Canale delle pile

Improperly known as "Pirrus' valley", the "Canale delle Pile" ("Reservoirs valley") is a carstic depression 12 km long, it runs along the territory of Alberobello to the northern side. Take its name from the presence of numbers of water reservoirs to collect rain, calles "pile". The scenic impact of the entire valley is awesome from every spot. The main farming are vineyards, whereas the top of the hills are with oak woods of Quercus trojana and Quercus pubescens, so that the whole area has been included into the Community importance site of "Murgia dei Trulli". The trails of CIS go through a part of the Apulian Acqueduct, that runs along the southern side of the valley. Along canals paths and gorgeous stone bridges, you'll find the perfect tracks for your trekking and mountain bike trips. The whole area is sprinkled with the typical farmhouses (Masserie), among the others stands out the "Masseria Cavallerizza". This 16th century building, was a trade station of the Republic of Venice in Puglia, used to breed the famous "Murgese" warhorse. Also the name of the close village of Coreggia (correggia = horse neck strap) is linked to this ancient activity. The entire valley is a carstic collapsed "polje", recently have been discovered new underground caves, still to explore. The sediment in the valley are made of the typical red ground rich of iron oxide of the south-eastern Murgia. It's not out of question that undeground still flowes the legendary Cana river, marked on some 17th century maps.

Monumental Cemetery

Built in 1887, is one of the most interesting projects of the architect Curri in Alberobello. What you see is actually just the front of the original project, which in its entirety was of monumental proportions. Foreseeing to affect the whole north-eastern hill of Alberobello, behind the route 172. As part of a series of projects assigned to Curri in that period (Church of the Medic Saints the urbanistic plan and the cemetery), it was not possible to finish it due to lack of funds. What has been achieved is, however, of considerable architectural interest. Inspired by the archaeological discoveries of ancient Egypt, the vestibule consists of 12 columns with capitals of lotus flowers. All the outer walls, seen from the east, looks like a citadel of ancient Egypt, with defensive towers (chapels) and tombs and cypresses that stand up from the inside.

Crossing's Reservoirs

At the borders between Alberobello and Noci, there's the marsh wren of "Traversa's lake". Nowadays not anymore so visible and in need of protection, the place was originally provided of nine water open reservoirs, which are now barely visible only two of them. The building of those reservoirs is very old. According to some chronicles of the end of the 19th century, it found a small treasure of Bizantyne coins. A treasure-trove that testify the dark Ages origins f the structure. The presence of them in many historical documents across the centuries, shows the importance and the functionality of those reservoirs. But indicates also that probably they were a gathering point for cattle trading. Built in a marshland, those reservoirs made this area usable for cattle. The "Reservoirs of Traversa" take their name "Traversa" (crossing) from the centuries-old custom to migrate the herds ("transumanza") from Abruzzo to southern Puglia. Those reservoirs were, indeed, a break point for the large cattle caravans crossing the Murgia region. They guaranteed for centuries, to herds and people, a safe point for drinking water, a crucial thing in a dry region like Puglia.

Sites of Community importance

A Community importance site aknowledges the EU directive so called "Habitat". It indicates an environmental area that contributes to the conservation or the refurbishment of a specific habitat, or also the refurbishment of some kind of flora or fauna, and in general, the biodiversity of a specific region. The territory of Alberobello, includes part of two Community importance sites, the CIS "Murgia dei Trulli" and the site "Murgia di Sud-Est", respectively northward and southward from the town centre.

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Barsento Abbey

The Abbey of St. Mary of Barsento is a perfect destination for a day trip. Leaving from Alberobello, the bucolic church lays only 6 km far away, located on the fascinating cycling route (IT1A), that links Alberobello with Noci and Putignano. A magical place with an ancestral atmosphere not to be missed...

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