Planning a trip to Puglia Italy? Visiting Alberobello is on your Puglia itinerary? Interested in the best things to do in Alberobello Italy? Fantastic! I’ve visited Alberobello on my road trip to Puglia and here’s my ultimate guide to the best things to do in Alberobello Puglia.
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THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO ALBEROBELLO ITALY
Alberobello in Puglia is one of the most charming places in Puglia, Italy.
The fairytale-like Alberobello is one of the most romantic places in Italy and a World Heritage Site. Alberobello is a must-see in Italy for cultural enthusiasts, romance seekers, and families with kids who look for lifelong memorable moments together.
WHAT ALBEROBELLO IS FAMOUS FOR
The small town of Alberobello in Puglia is famous for its unique dry-wall huts called trulli.
Trulli (pl.) (trullo, sg.) are traditional tiny limestone houses with typical domed roofs.
UNESCO declared trulli of Alberobello a World Heritage site.
WHERE IS ALBEROBELLO
Alberobello is in the Puglia region, the heel of the boot of Italy.
The small town of Alberobello is in the Itria Valley in the province of Bari in the region of Puglia in southern Italy.
Alberobello is 34 mi ( 55 km) from Bari and 50 mi (80 km) for Brindisi in Puglia. It is also about 42 mi (68 km) from Matera in the Basilicata region. Therefore, Alberobello is a popular day trip from Bari and a popular day trip from Matera.
HOW TO GET TO ALBEROBELLO ITALY
Alberobello is 50 min by car from Bari. Alberobelo is also a 60 min bus ride from Bari.
It is also possible to visit Alberobello from Bari by train. But an average train ride from Bari to Alberobello takes about 3 hours, and you will need to change the train by a bus in Mola di Bari on the way to Alberobello.
Alberobello is one hour by car from Brindisi. The cheapest way to reach Alberobello from Brindisi is by train. But, a train ride from Brindisi to Alberobello takes about 2 hours, and you need to make a train change in Monopoli to Alberobello.
Alberobello is one hour by car from Matera. Alberobello is about a 3-hour bus ride from Matera, but it is complicated as you need to change buses from Matera to Alberobello.
HOW TO VISIT ALBEROBELLO FROM BARI
Visiting Alberobello from Bari is one of the most popular day trips from Bari.
You can join a day tour of Alberobello from Bari. You can visit Alberobello from Bari by public bus, but it can be more complicated and less time-wise.
You can rent a car and travel to Puglia without relying on public transport. I recommend renting a car at Bari airport if you are flying into Bari airport.
BEST TIME TO VISIT ALBEROBELLO
The best time to visit Alberobello and travel to Puglia is spring, early summer, and autumn.
These seasons come with sunny days, pleasant air temperatures, and lesser crowds.
July and August are the peak of tourist season, which comes with inflated prices, crowds, and summer heat!
Remember that the trulli of Alberobello are among the top tourist attractions in Italy. So, you can imagine how crowded Alberobello in summer can be.
May, June, and September are the best months for visiting Alberobello and traveling to Puglia. These months come with reasonably priced accommodations, lesser crowds, and pleasant air temperatures for sightseeing.
October is also a good month for visiting Alberobello! I visited Alberobello in October, and I enjoyed it!
HOW LONG DO YOU NEED IN ALBEROBELLO ITALY
Alberobello is a small town with only about 10.000 inhabitants.
Alberobello is a walkable town with two important neighborhoods: Rione Monti and Rione Aia Piccola. The neighborhoods are close and within 2 min walking distance.
You can visit Alberobello in only 4 hours, but it would be a quick stroll through the town. Besides that, staying in a trullo is a must-have experience in Puglia. So, one full day in Alberobello would be good.
But if you are traveling with kids or your partner, you would enjoy spending a weekend in Alberobello.
Your kids would most certainly love staying in a hobbit-like home in Alberobello. Kids find the magic of the hobbit-like town of Alberobello enormously entertaining.
Couples love the romantic vibe of the charming Alberobello!
WHERE TO STAY IN ALBEROBELLO ITALY
Trulli houses in Alberobello are in two neighborhoods: touristy Rione Monti and quiet Rione Aia Piccola.
There are various trulli houses for rent: from small single trullo to large family-friendly trulli houses. Some trulli come with gardens and outside seating areas.
I stayed in an elegant single trullo of Trulli Soave in Alberobello.
Trulli Soave holiday homes offer charming and cozy trulli stays in the idyllic Rione Aia Piccola quarter of Alberobello and within 2 mi walk to the touristy Rione Monti quarter.
Trulli Soave is in a quiet area of Alberobello but still close to everything Alberobello has to offer.
WHERE TO EAT IN ALBEROBELLO
Paco Wines Eno-Winery at Via Monte Nero 2 is the top-rated restaurant in Alberobello.
The restaurant serves local Puglia dishes, white and red wines from Puglia, Italian traditional food, and gluten-free and vegetarian dishes.
Trulli e Puglia Wine Bar at Piazza Gabriele d’Annunzio 3 is an excellent pub bar with a great selection of good wines from Puglia and delicious plates of Puglian specialties.
La Pagnottella Pannini Lovers sandwich bar at Piazza Plebiscito 10 is a great street food place that serves Pasqualino, the famous sandwich from Alberobello.
Martinucci Laboratory Alberobello in Via Monte San Michele 57 is s popular dessert shop that serves famous pasticciotto pastry from Puglia.
IS IT WORTH VISITING ALBEROBELLO
Alberobello has been a World Heritage site since 1996.
The unique Trulli houses of Alberobello are must-see in a lifetime. Alberobello is also one of the most charming and romantic places in Italy.
If you like unique and romantic places and World Heritage Sites, you will love Alberobello too!
16 BEST THINGS TO DO IN ALBEROBELLO ITALY
1. JOIN A 2-HOUR WALKING TOUR
If you have planned only one day in Alberobello on your Puglia itinerary, taking a walking tour of Alberobello would be time-wise.
Join a 2-hour walking tour in Alberobello to get valuable insights into the history of Alberobello and to learn about trulli houses in Italy.
You will learn about the history of trulli, see the most famous trulli houses in Alberobello, and taste olive oil during the tour.
Remember that Puglia is the top producer of Italian olive oil. Puglia makes about 40% of Italian olive oil. So, sampling olive oil in Alberobello in Puglia is one of the best things to do in Alberobello.
Join a walking tour, see the main Alberobello tourist attractions, learn about the history of Alberobello and have some snacks with olive oil in Alberobello!
2. ADMIRE TRULLI HOUSES FROM THE BELVEDERE SANTA LUCIA VIEWPOINT
The viewpoint provides the best panoramic views of the Rione Monte neighborhood. It offers magnificent views of hundreds of trulli houses.
The Belvedere viewpoint provides the best panoramic shots of Alberobello.
The Belvedere viewpoint in Alberobello is the starting point of the guided walking tour of Alberobello. Regardless, if you take a guided tour of Alberobello or explore Alberobello independently, the Belvedere vista is the best place to start touring Alberobello.
The Belvedere Santa Lucia viewpoint is a terrace adjacent to Chiesa di Santa Lucia.
3. STROLL ALBEROBELLO RIONE MONTE
Rione Monti is the neighborhood in Alberobello where all the main tourist attractions are.
The Monti quarter has about 1000 trulli houses. Today majority of the trulli in Monti are souvenir shops, craft shops, bars, and restaurants. Consequently, Rione Monti is the most crowded area of Alberobello.
In spite of the crowdedness, strolling the Rione Monte neighborhood, the heart of Alberobello is one of the best things to do in Alberobello!
3. RIONE AIA PICCOLA
Rione Aia Piccola is the quarter next to Rione Monti.
It is a more residential neighborhood than Monti. People still live in many trulli houses in Rione Aia Piccola.
Some trulli of Rione Aia Piccola are holiday properties too. But those properties blend perfectly with residential trulli homes.
The trullo of Trulli Soave in Alberobello, where I stayed, was in Rione Aia Piccola. The area was quiet, and my trullo was within 2 min walk to Monti. I suggest staying in quiet Rione Aia Piccola while visiting Alberobello and avoiding staying in the noisy and tourist Monti quarter.
But, even if you are not staying in the Rione Aia Piccola neighborhood, get out of the Rione Monte crowds and head to see the trulli of Rione Aia Piccola in peace.
4. TRULLO SOVRANO (visiting the only trullo with a raised floor in Alberobello is among the best thing to do in Alberobello Italy)
Trullo Sovarno is a historical trullo and today museum in Alberobello. It is the only trulli in Alberobello with a raised floor.
The trullo displays historical artifacts of Alberobello and provides insights into the daily life of historical Alberobello.
Trullo Sovarno Musem consists of the main hall, a bedroom, a dining room, the master kitchen with a pantry, the second kitchen, the first floor, and a garden.
Records trace the first settlement of Alberbelo to the 15th century. But, the trulli houses started to flourish in the 18th century when Count of Acquaviva, the feud of Alberobello at that time, supported building houses without cement and mortar in order not to pay property taxes to the Kingdom of Naples. Trulli houses, built with only dry stones, functioned officially as temporary houses and were tax exempted. Thus, poor peasants built so many trulli houses in Alberobello.
Trullo Sovrano is close to the Church of Santi Medici Cosma e Damiano in Alberobello.
5. TRULLO SIAMESE (the twin trullo in Alberobello Italy)
Trullo Siamese is a unique trullo in Alberobello.
Two trulli houses under one roof make this famous trullo house in Alberobello. The trullo has two entrances and no windows.
Today Trullo Siamese is a souvenir shop. And it is free to enter it.
It is one of the most famous trulli houses in Alberobello and a must-see tourist attraction in Alberobello.
6. CASA D’AMORE (the tourist info center in Alberobello)
Casa d’Amore (the House of Love) was the first house in Alberobello built with mortar. Until Casa d’Amore, only dry-stone-built trulli houses existed in Alberobello.
The House of Love in Alberobello was built immediately after the King of Naples permitted the building of houses in Alberobello. The Casa d’Amore marks the transition of Alberobello from a trulli village to a town with mortar houses.
Today the house is Alberobello’s tourist center. So, if you are into exploring Alberobello independently, let Casa d’Amore be your first destination in Alberobello. Head there to pick up info on Alberobello!
7. VISIT SANTO ANTONIO TRULLO CHURCH
St. Anthony Church is a trullo church in Alberobello.
The church was built in 1927, but in the trullo-style with a conical roof. The trullo-style church mirrors the surrounding trulli houses since other types of construction, except trulli, were not permitted in the area, which was declared a National Monument in 1910.
The church may not be so old, but it is one of a kind. It is well worth a visit. Visiting Santo Antonio trullo church is among the best things to do in Alberobello!
Santo Antonio trullo church is on the top of a hill in the Monte quarter of Alberobello. Stroll Via Monte Michele, the main street of Alberobello, to the end, and there you will find this unique church.
8. ‘CASA PEZZOLA’ TERITORRY MUSEUM
Museum House Pezzolla is the ethnographic museum of local culture and history in Alberobello.
The museum is in the historic Trullo Casa Lippolis, the largest trullo in Alberobello.
Trullo Casa Lippolis is the 18th-century house of Vitonofrio Lippolis, the first archpriest of the church of Alberobello. Trullo Casa Lippolis consists of 15 connected trulli houses and a spacious courtyard. The house has typical trullo furnishings, a mill, and a press.
The ethnographic Museum House Pezzolla is about the culture, history, and architecture of the Alberobello area.
9. TRY PASQUALINO SANDWICH
The Pasqualino sandwich is an iconic sandwich from Alberobello.
The Pasqualino sandwich is made with rosetta or turtle bread and filled with salami, cheese, tuna, and capers. It can optionally have cold cuts, pickles, and mushrooms.
Pasquale Dell’Erba, a grocery owner from Alberobello, invented the sandwich in 1966. The sandwich got popular soon after the invention.
Today, the Pasqualino sandwich enjoys legendary status in Alberobello. Several groceries in Alberobello offer Pasqualino sandwiches today.
The unique Pasqualino sandwich is a must-try in Alberobello. I got mine at La Pagnottella sandwich bar in Alberobello!
10. TAKE A COOKING CLASS
Puglia cuisine is known as a top regional cuisine of Italy.
Sun-bathed Puglia has fertile soil perfect for growing outstanding produce. So not surprisingly, Puglian food is among the most delicious in Italy.
Tasting local dishes and learning about authentic local recipes are among the best things to do in Alberobello.
Apulian olives, Apulian Puccia bread, Apulian dishes like orecchiette con cime di rapa, and fave e cicoria dish are must-try food in Puglia.
Joining a cooking class is one of the best things to do in Alberobello Italy!
A dinner or lunch with a cooking demonstration at a local home in Alberobello will make your stay in Alberobello unforgettable!
11. STAYING IN A TRULLO IS AMONG THE BEST THINGS TO DO IN ALBEROBELLO ITALY
Sleeping in an authentic trullo is a unique experience!
Many trulli stays in Alberobello are on offer: from small single trullo to large family-friendly trulli houses. Some trulli have gardens and an outside seating area. Trulli houses in Alberobello are in two neighborhoods: touristy Rione Monti and quiet Rione Aia Piccola.
I stayed in an elegant single trullo of Trulli Soave in Alberobello (Trulli Holiday Trulli Diffuso).
Trulli Soave holiday homes feature charming and cozy historic trulli stays in the idyllic Rione Aia Piccola quarter of Alberobello and within 2 mi walk to the touristy Rione Monti quarter. Trulli Soave is in a quiet area of Alberobello but still close to everything Alberobello has to offer. There are residential trulli homes in which people still live around Trulli Soave.
Sleeping in a trullo house is one of the best things in Alberobello!
12. HAVE A BREAK IN A CAFE
If you get tired of strolling among the trulli houses of Alberobello and need some refreshment, take a break in a cafe among the unique ambiance of trulli.
Order Aperol Spritz at Bar Villa Belvedere, a cozy bar I run by Nonno and nonna. The bar has fabulous views of the trulli of Rione Monti.
Or have an espresso with sweet pasticciotto del Salento pastry in Bar Pasticceria Martinucci Laboratory in Via Monte Michele.
13. SEE THE BASILICA OF SAINTS COSMAS AND DAMIANO
Saints Cosmas and Damiano are the patron saints of Alberobello. The feast days of the saints are September 25 and 28.
The Chiesa dei Santi Medici Cosma e Damiano is a Neoclassical-style church from the 19th century.
The church holds the relics of San Cosmo and San Damiano (the arm of San Cosmo and the skull of San Damiano).
The painting of the Madonna of Loreto adorns the main altar, while two 18th-century wooden statues of the Cosma and Damiano stand at the sides.
The Basilica of Santi Medici is in the Aia Piccola neigberhoud in northern part of historic Alberobello.
The church is on its way to Trullo Sovrano. So plan a quick visit to the church on the way to Trullo Sovrano.
14. ENJOY ALBEROBELLO BY NIGHT
Alberobello is a unique place. It is beautiful in the daylight, but Alberobello is magical in the nighttime with the lights on!
While Alberobello is crowded during the day because of daily tours and day-trippers, Alberobello sees more peaceful moments in the evening.
Enjoying magical Alberobello by night with no crowds is one of the best things to do in Alberobello Italy!
15. CHAT WITH LOCAL PEOPLE
People from Puglia are friendly and helpful. But people from Alberobello are famous as the most friendly and helpful people in Puglia.
Mingle with locals and do not get surprised by the hospitality of people from Alberobello. They might be some of the most hospitable people you have ever encountered.
On my visit to Alberobello, I witnessed the First Communion in the Santo Antonio church in Alberobello. It was such a beautiful ceremony!
Observing local customs and learning about local traditions while mingling with locals make some of the most memorable moments on my travels around the world.
Alberobello is so unique. And most definitely you would like to take some souvenirs with you.
Your family and friends will enjoy extra virgin Apulian olive, wine from Alberobello, sweets made from almond paste from Alberobello, fabric products, jewelry, paintings, wooden or stone gifts, and decorative fridge magnets from Alberobello.
Most souvenir shops are in Via Monte Michele, the main street of Rione Monte.