If you are planning a visit to the trulli of Alberobello, here is a little guide on how to visit the city of trulli, where to stop and what to do on a daily itinerary to explore the city and visit the trulli, both externally and internally.
Alberobello is divided, although today less than in the past, in districts. The two most emblematic, the Rione Monti in the southern part of the city, and the Rione Aia Piccola, in the south-eastern part, together form the area declared world heritage and represent the most known and picturesque part of the city, joining together about 1,400 trulli.
However, even in the central and northern part of Alberobello, there are many trulli, even if less preserved.
Visit the trulli
To visit the trulli of Alberobello, we recommend a route that starts from the northern side of the city. Behind the church of the Saints Cosmas & Damian, there is the so called Trullo Sovrano, the only one in the town with two floors. Inside there is an interesting house-museum where the atmosphere and the furniture of the past have been nicely rebuilt.
Opening hours Trullo Sovrano - Casa Museo
10:00 - 13.15 / 15:30 - 18:00 (November - March)
10:00 - 13.15 / 15:30 - 19:00 (April - October)
Ticket: € 1.50
Facing south, walking through Corso Vittorio Emanuele, you will reach Largo Martellotta, which delimits the so-called Rione Monti, the most characteristic district of Alberobello and with the highest concentration of trulli. The district is so called because every street in the district takes the name of one of the mountains where Italy fought during the First World War.
In this district is concentrated most of the commercial activities for tourists in the town, where you can stroll and shop among the various souvenir shops and local craft shops. The main craft activities include local materials such as stone, wood and leather, with some craftsmen working on their creations right before your eyes. If you want to visit the trulli in their interior, this is the place where many traders invite you to do so.
Once you reach the top of the hill along Via Monte San Michele and Via Monte Pertica, you will see the picturesque Trulli-church of Sant'Antonio.
Aia Piccola district
After your walk in the Rione Monti, you can visit, not far from the first one, the Rione Aia Piccola, a smaller district entirely made of trulli, but where it is still possible feel the slow and quiet life of these streets, still inhabited or used as accommodation facilities.
Reaching Piazza 24 Maggio, we suggest you to finish your morning tour in the excellent Museum of the Territory (Opening hours: 10:00 / 20:00), to discover the history and transformation of the local Murgian landscape.
The district takes its name from the square where once a threshing yard was located for the collection of tithes destined to the feudal lord. Still visible, close to the Museum of the Territory, there is the ancient warehouse of tithes, a building now used as business premises.
A quiet walk in the village will take your morning, if you want to eat at lunch time with the typical food of Alberobello, here are some suggestions:
Focacceria La Lira - Focaccia, Focapizze, Filoncini, Rustici and much more in this fantastic focaccia takeaway with products prepared exclusively at the time.
Panificio Profumi dal Ponte - Bakery with some seats, excellent freshly baked products, panzerotti and a great selection of pizzas every night.
Ristorante Largo trevisani - Restaurant with outdoor seating and views of the trulli, offers exceptional orecchiette and dishes of the Apulian gastronomic tradition.
Restaurant Favola in Tavola - Intimate restaurant with a refined menu and an excellent selection of wines, spirits and background music
L'Olmo Bello Restaurant - Large restaurant with garden, offers traditional dishes and pizzas cooked in a wood oven
Bistrot l'Altro Caffè - Bistrot in a splendid position with a view on the trulli, offers classic dishes of local and Italian tradition, also excellent for aperitifs and evening events.
Trulli in the countryside
If you want to continue your visit of the trulli, you can go in search of those still intact and originals trulli, scattered in the countryside, renting a bike from ----, you can go out for the discovery of the territory, strongly inhabited until about fifty years ago, is now often in a state of neglect. And here is where you can find the most ancient and original architectural elements of the trulli, walk-in fireplaces, alcoves hollows for raised beds, solid wood double-leaf doors, residues of a time that was and will not fail to give a romantic note to your walk .