What to see in Alberobello?
The city is beautiful and seems to have emerged from a medieval fairy tale book. The white houses and the conical roofs attract and enchant! Alberobello is the UNESCO World Heritage City, the type of city that we would certainly like to visit more than once in life! Let’s go to our post of the day, What to see in Alberobello? Here at Your Travel to Italy with Ana Patriciayou make the trip of your dreams!!! ALSO: see our “Accommodation in Italy – Tips for your holidays!”
A little about Alberobello
After all, what are Trulli? The word comes from the Latin, ‘’ turris ”or“ trulla ”and means dome. The most interesting thing is that these typical houses are made entirely of stones! That’s right! Without cement, without wood, only stone, and the buildings are charming, the symbols on the roofs are sometimes Christian, sometimes pagan and whatever the case may be, they all serve to bring prosperity. It is very peculiar, but very charming! Alberobello, however, goes beyond the ‘trulli’. The name of the city is in honor of its beautiful forest, full of oaks. Alberobello, in Italian, means ‘Beautiful Tree’, and comes from Arboris Belli (Beautiful Trees). How about a 2-hour guided tour of Trulli? Click here to learn more!
The city is ‘divided’ into two parts: an almost completely residential area, and a commercial one. They are: Rione Aia Piccola, where most of the constructions are residential, and Rioni Monti, where, in the majority, there is commerce, mainly of artisans and local products. They are two distinct hills and Alberobello is right in the middle of them. Next, we will visit Rioni Monti where you will find the attractions of this part of the city.
1) What to see in Alberobello? VISIT THE CHURCH OF SAINT ANTHONY
In Rioni Monti, there is the charming church of Saint Anthony, also made in the form of ‘trullo’ (singular of Trulli) and which was built in 1927.
2) What to see in Alberobello? VISIT THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE SIAMESE TRULLI
Still in Rioni Monti, it is possible to see the beautiful construction of the ‘Siamese trulli’. Legend has it that the house, which in ancient times had only one entrance, belonged to two brothers who lived together. The problem is that they were both in love with the same maiden and, when she was promised to her older brother, she ‘rebelled’ and married the youngest (better than soap opera!)!
Blinded by hatred, the ‘betrayed brother’ kicked them both out of the house, but his younger brother demanded what was rightfully his: half the house! In other words: they made two entries, one in the front and one in the back, as the older brother builds a wall in the middle of the residence because he did not want to look at the new couple in love. So the two roofs that became famous as ‘Siamese’!
3) What to see in Alberobello? VISIT THE BASILICA OF SAINTS COSMAS AND DAMIAN AND THE SOVEREIGN TRULLO
In Piazza Sacramento, which is behind the Basilica Minori Dei Santi Medici, dedicated to Cosmas and Damian (patrons of the city) and of unparalleled beauty, there is the ‘sovereign trullo’, a total architectural innovation at that time, as it has two floors! The structure of the staircase is practically invisible, so well placed it is next to the building.
4) What to see in Alberobello? VISIT THE TERRITORY MUSEUM AND THE PEZZOLLA HOUSE
Between Aia Piccola and Piazza del Popolo (“People Square”), there is another beautiful architectural ensemble, the Territory Museum and Pezzolla House. Together, they form the largest trulli complex in the city. In the museum, you can learn more about the history of the city and its inhabitants. Another interesting place is Casa D ’Amore, the first building that used lime in its construction. It was built in 1797, when the kingdom of Naples finally recognized Alberobello as a royal city.
The cuisine is fantastic and the flagship of the place is the pasta called ‘oriechette’; they are usually cooked with vegetables like broccoli, it’s delicious! Also try the cheeses, the most famous of which is Caciocavallo Podoliso!
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(Source: Francesco Giacovazzo)
How to get to Alberobello?
1) How to get to Alberobello? BY AIRPLANE
The nearest airport to Alberobello is Bari, which is 71 km away, alternatively, get off at Brindisi, which is 74 km away.
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- HOW TO GO FROM VENICE AIRPORT TO VENICE CENTER
2) How to get to Alberobello? BY TRAIN
The city’s small train station is about 5 minutes from the center. Trains to Alberobello leave from Bari, Lecce or Taranto. Did you know that Trenitalia is the main Italian company dedicated to the management of rail transport? Also find out “What is the difference between trains in Italy?”. Would you like to save? So buy your ticket online in advance and save a lot, read the Post “How to buy a train ticket in Italy?“.
3) How to get to Alberobello? BY CAR
From Bari, follow the signs towards Brindisi. Take the Alberobello exit. Bari is 55 km away.
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