(14 july 2010)
Alberobello is a city unique in the world, it’s the town of the famous “trulli”, Unesco World Heritage since 1996.
The trulli are not only at Alberobello, as you might think.
Infact, in Puglia, a region in the south-east of Italy, there are other little town with these buildings features, such as Cisternino, Martina Franca, Locorotondo and others.
Historically the trulli are an evolution of the “tholos“, a very used building in the Mediterranean area, especially in the ancient Mycenaean cities.
The plant of the trulli is usually circular, the thickness of the walls and the scarcity of windows ensure good thermal insulation that you can rely on a good heat in winter and cool in a nice summer.
The roof is made up of the so-called “chianche” (a kind of stone) in its inner part and thinner “chiancarelle” (a kind of little stone) on the outside. They are a unique example of ancient construction, yet fully utilized today. Visit Alberobello is like traveling to a country with no time.
The town, at least its most touristic and visited part, it can ideally be divided into two main districts, the district “Monti” and “Aia Piccola”.
“Monti” is definitely more commercial part of the city, the one most visited by tourists, full of locals, bars, restaurants and souvenir shops.
This area, then, among others, you can see the twins trulli, which seems to embrace each other, and the Church of St. Anthony, which is also shaped a trullo. The district is very nice to visit, although someone may seem a bit too touristy, an open-air museum.
The district, in fact, is almost not at all inhabited and is at almost exclusive use of merchants and tourists.
For this reason, the country visit is not complete if you do not make a jump also in the neighboring district “Aia Piccola”. Less crowded, more desolate but certainly more authentic.
In this district of trulli, in fact, he still lives a good part of the inhabitants of Alberobello. They are clearly visible, especially in the summer season, the clothes hanging out of the trulli and are well audible noise lighted TV, tangible signs of a life flowing normally in an absolutely exceptional neighborhood.
And for this reason you might visit “Aia Piccola” (literaly, small hague) in silence, not to corrupt the beauty of the neighborhood … but also not to further disturb the people who are lucky enough to live in the everyday beauty of a unique city .
Coming from North, highway A14, exit Acquaviva delle Fonti. Then SP 139 direction Putignano and then SS 172 towards Alberobello. From Milan, about 950 km, about 500 km from Rome, from Naples about 320 km, about 400 km from Reggio Calabria. From exit Acquaviva delle Fonti, about 40 km (40 minute drive).
Once in Alberobello, you need to park in the spaces marked with blue stripes. More information can be found here (italian website).
The photo gallery is available here.