Trulli, unique stone houses with conical roofs, are one of the sights most associated with the Puglia region. The Itria Valley, especially in and around the town of Alberobello, has the largest concentration of trulli. Therefore Alberobello is the perfect place to see them, especially since its trulli zone is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. These small houses, usually having only one or two rooms, are constructed of stone without the use of mortar. Their roofs are made by layering limestone slabs and often have a symbol painted on them.
Start your visit at the overlook in the town center near the parking area for a great overview of the trulli zone. Before you head down the hill, take a little time to wander through the historic center to see the cathedral, streets of trulli, and a trullo (singular of trulli) that’s open to visitors. Have lunch at La Cantina in the center of town just off Corso Vittorio Emanuele.
In the trulli zone there are many houses, a few shops and places to eat, and even a church made of trulli so plan to spend at least an hour or two there. A few bars or shops have rooftop terraces where you can go for a good view of the zone.
For a good introduction, take the half-day guided tour, Discovering Alberobello and its Trulli. Or take a Discovering Nature, Trulli, and Mozzarella bike tour in the beautiful countryside around town with a visit to a Mozzarella cheese farm.
On the edge of town, a short distance from the trulli zone, visit the De Santis Wine Museum. The museum also has information about the town and Cantina Albea, connected to the museum, offers wine tasting. Their wines include Locorotondo white wine and Primitivo and Negroamaro red wines – typical wines of Puglia.
After you’ve seen the sights in Alberobello, spend the next day visiting nearby towns:
Martina Franca, 15 kilometers from Alberobello is quite large. If you don’t have a car, you can get there on the Trains of the Southeast rail line. Start your visit at Piazza XX Settembre. Stroll through the historic center to see the cathedral and clock tower, Baroque architecture, five remaining gates to the old town, and several towers.
Locorotondo, near Martina Franca, is sometimes called the balcony of Puglia because of the great countryside views. It’s a peaceful town with a small, round historic center and lots of Baroque architecture. Market day is Friday.
For an unusual lodging experience, stay in a trullo. Be aware, however, that your room might not be very spacious. I stayed in the trulli village at Grand Hotel La Chiusa di Chietri, a large modern hotel a few kilometers from town with a swimming pool, restaurant and gardens, and a trulli village with 12 renovated trulli.
See more of Puglia’s top sights in our suggested 1 week itinerary of top places to go.