The tourist trade in Alberobello obviously revolves around the famous trulli areas with their World Heritage Site status, visitors are drawn from all over the world but predominantly Italian, so don't expect everyone to speak English!
Increasingly with many fine hotels and unique trulli holiday rentals tourists are spending longer there than just an afternoon wandering about and a glass of wine in a pavement cafe. The peak time for visitors is August when it seems everyone in Italy is in town but for the rest of the summer plus the spring and autumn when the climate is extremely pleasant, Alberobello presents a much more peaceful front.
The trulli zones are not a museum of buildings but a living working area of the town with shops, bars, cafes, restaurants and homes that are still lived in by the proud and friendly locals. Pop into any of the shops or bars to get a feel of the layout of a typical trulli and imagine what they were like even 50 years ago when they were still just homes for the poor.
A few of the bigger resort type hotels have swimming pools for guests so you really alternate your day between a spot of sunbathing followed by by a stroll along the cobbled streets and dining in one of the myriad restaurants. Some of the dining establishments do have English menus, but not all so taking your phrasebook to aid you decipher what is on offer is not a bad idea. Most of the bigger restaurants offer international as well as local cuisine, but you won't find a MacDonalds, KFC, Indian, Chinese anywhere, just the local pizzeria serving freshly made pizzas at bargain prices. Many of the bars serve a variety of snacks as well, just ask for a menu, they are usually freshly made so don't expect lightning fast service.
Alberobello tourist office
- IAT-Tourist Information
- Via Monte Nero 3
- Telephone; (0039) 080 4324419
- e-mail: email@example.com
Open from 10am to 1pm then 2.30pm to 5.50pm everyday apart from Sunday when it remains open till 8.30pm.