Here you will find a brief guide to the various sights and attractions to be found in Alberobello.
Most of the attractions are in 2 areas of the town;
Rione Monti Alberobello
The Rione Monti (District Mountain) is the main tourist area of Alberobello and the location of one thousand plus trulli and is now designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, such is its importance, it has also been recognised as a National Monument by the Italians for 100 years. Stretching to the hilltop in the south west corner of town the narrow streets are a mix of houses and small businesses to cater for the tourists, many of which have had later additions attached.
Rione Aia Piccola Alberobello
Further east is the Rione Aia Piccola (District Small Barnyard), this, as its name suggests is the smaller and less commercialised of the trulli areas but still part of the World Heritage Site. Many of the four hundred or so trulli were once small holdings owned by peasant farmers. The Aia Piccola probably represents a truer representation of what the town looked like before the advent of tourism.
Trulli Siamesi Alberobello
An unusual twin trulli that is open to the public with 2 cones and 2 entrances facing opposite ways, turn right at the top of the Via Monte Nero in the Rione Monti trulli zone and it is on your left, giving a good opportunity for tourists to view the interior of a trullo.
Museo del Territorio Alberobello
The Museo del Territorio (Territory Museum) has displays explaining the local history is situated in the Piazza Pagano in the north of the Rione Aia Piccola. The building itself is formed from a cluster of trulli and is certainly worth a visit.
Trulli Sovrano Alberobello
The Trulli Sovrano (Sovereign Trulli) is probably the most impressive example in the town and the only one with an upper floor. Constructed in the 18th century, probably for the local priest "Cataldo Perta", it is now a museum to the trullo and furnished in period fashion with occasional exhibitions. When you see the staircase is built into the wall you can appreciate the total thickness required to support the roof in this type of building. Located in the Piazza Sacramento, it is open everyday from 10am till 7pm except Sunday when it closes during the afternoon then re-opens from 3 till 6pm, the entrance fee is 1.5€.
If you are staying in the area and want to visit other places and attractions please see Puglia Attractions, which covers just about everything!
Other favourites fairly close by include the picturesque seaside resort of Polignano a Mare and the very popular hill town of Ostuni complete with walled citadel, or maybe even Martina Franca with its baroque old quarter. Another favourite tourist haunt, just 19km drive away is the town of Cisternino in the Itria Valley. There is lots of historical stuff around Fasano including a cave church cut into a cliff and Roman town remains. For a day by the seaside or visit a medieval castle try a visit to Monopoli. Used as a setting for biblical films Matera has to be on your itinery, roughly an hour and twenty minutes away.