Lets cover the basics…
Location: Southern Italy (the heel of Italy) in the middle region of Puglia.
How to get there: Closest airport is Bari International airport (BRI). We rented a Vespa and rode from Polignano a Mare to Alberobello(19 miles), but the best way to explore the region is by renting a car. Alberobello is 41 miles from Bari International Airport and 45 miles from Brindisi Salento Airport.
Alberobello in three words: Trulli buildings, kitsch souvenir stores and trullo church.
Alberobello is synonymous with “trulli” buildings, round stone home with a cone shaped limestone roof.
If you head to the Unesco Heritage Site, Trulli di Alberobello, you will find streets lined up the white trulli buildings.
Alberobello is one of those places where you don´t need to plan many activities. You can wander up the alleyways and cobbled streets and find the best spots for that photo opportunity. We spent a few hours the first day we went and on a second day we had our engagement photos taken.
The ride to get to Alberobello is an adventure in itself. The nearest Vespa Rental from Polignano a Mare, the coast town where we based our trip to Puglia from, is the neighbor town of Monopoli. The drive from Monopoli to Alberobello two-way street is clearly signaled and the street winds from the coast up to the mountain were Alberobello is located. I loved riding on the Vespa as a passenger up the hill and feeling the wind hitting my face. The hubby was a bit anxious as Italians passed us really close and were not Vespa friendly. Next time we will rent a car.
Upon arriving to Alberobello, I was expecting to spot the fairy tale trulli immediately but it wasn´t after some winding streets and passing several turnarounds, that we arrived to the village of Trulli di Alberobello. My first impression was not good as the town was packed with tourists and the closest parking lot was full. The advantage of arriving on a Vespa is that you can park in front the trulli´s entrance.
It´s worth visiting Alberobello on your trip to Puglia. It´s fascinating to see, yet its very touristy. Include this place as one of your stops, but don´t plan you trip only around this town. Puglia has a lot more to offer…
Highlights of Alberobello:
- Riding on a Vespa from Polignano a Mare to Alberobello through ancient gnarled olive oil trees and ocean views.
- Visiting the UNESCO Heritage Site and village of Trulli di Alberobello, oldest part Rione di Monte where at the top stands the church of Sant´Antonia da Padova.
Photos by Bottega53