Alberobello and surroundings

“They are tiny round huts, with roofed pointed cone, where you feel only a hobbit could live , each with a small chimney and a window doll, and a funny plastering on top of the cone, which is the coquetry cleaning, and gives the impression of a night-cap standing on the summit of a clown … “Tommaso Fiore

The historic center of Alberobello is full of places to visit.

The “Trullo Sovrano”, built in Alberobello in the second half of 1700, is the only trullo that has a second floor. Today it is a private museum that hosts summer theater performances, concerts evenings devoted to culture and poetry.

The Aia Piccola, marked by numerous alleyways, with 400 trulli is one of the most scenic areas of the historic center.

The Rione Monti is the oldest part of the town where at the top of the hill you can find the Church of S. Antonio, surrounded by a number of local handicraft shops and shops selling local products and wine.
The Church of S. Antonio, a trullo church that seems to blend in with the surroundings , was built between 1926 and 1927 and has in it the works of the famous artist from Puglia Adolfo Rollo.
The Trullo Siamese is composed of two cones who are united therefore Siamese twins. It is said that two brothers who lived in the trullo, quarreled because of a young woman who had promised her hand to the eldest son, though she loved his younger brother. Because she decided to marry the younger one they devided the trullo in half so that each could have their own house.

Near Alberobello it is possible to visit other wonderful places: Castellana Grotte, the most famous complex of caves in Italy discovered in 1938 by Franco Anelli, with the other towns of the Valle d’Itria, Locorotondo, Martina Franca, Cisternino and Ostuni and their historic centers. Bari with its Basilica of San Nicola, an impressive example of Romanesque architecture; Polignano a Mare, a village overlooking the sea called by tourists as the “Pearl of the Mediterranean”.