Alberobello in Puglia, picturesque and unique

Last summer I went back to Alberobello in Puglia. The last time I was there I was in my teens for a family holiday; I never forgot this incredible place. If you haven’t visited then you certainly should.

Alberobello is a UNESCO World Heritage site. A town made of “trulli” the characteristic whitewashed limestone huts with conical roofs. It is like being in a nativity scene.. at least this is how I felt.

Alberobello, Puglia

The old town has over 1,500 trulli but residents don’t usually live in them. Most of them are used as souvenir shops and holiday homes for visitors.

Originally trulli were build in order to avoid paying taxes as trulli were not considered houses as such and they could have been dismantled quite quickly. The local feudal lord known as Count Acquaviva used them to place his peasant workers in order to cultivate the land.

When we travelled around Puglia we found several trulli scattered in the countryside. These days they are used as a kind of shed among the olive groves.

The buildings have thick stone wallswhich help to regulate the internal temperature.

Alberobello in Puglia

A trullo in Puglia

When you walk around the trulli you will find that the shop owners will try to entice you to come in to view their trullo. Many have a terrace where you can admire the view of the town.

A view of the Trulli in Alberobello

We visited the Trullo Sovrano, the only trullo with two floors in the town and with a small museum inside.

Trullo Sovrano Alberobello

There was like a little garden at the back with colourful flowers.

Trullo in Alberobello

It was interesting to visit the kitchen (my favourite place of course!). What a contrast with these days modern kitchens!

Trullo Sovrano - The Kitchen

The Kitchen

Trullo Sovrano

The bedroom.. I loved the furniture, some of it resembles very much the one my grandmother used to have.

The bedroom in a trullo in Puglia

The basin in a trullo

The stairs trullo Sovrano

Upstairs there was also an old weaving machine

weaving machine

What a great place.. after having a bowl of orecchiette pasta and a nice glass of wine we headed back to our hotel.

Italy will always be my favourite place, so much to see, such a great food and welcoming people!

Holiday in Puglia

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26 Responses to Alberobello in Puglia, picturesque and unique

  1. Mimi

    Very pretty photos! You look likeyou’re having fun!

    • Alida

      It was indeed a really nice holiday. Very relaxing too.

  2. Lorelle

    Alberobello has become quite the tourist spot. Puglia is one region I have not seen yet, so can’t wait to one day discover this part of Italy.
    Gorgeous pics Alida, looks like you had a great trip. Xx

    • Alida

      Puglia is beautiful, I really recommend it.

  3. Mark

    Grazie per le foto! Alberobello è bellissma!

  4. angiesrecipes

    What a beautiful town! And I would love to visit that kitchen too. Really cool!
    Happy Sunday, Alida!

  5. Patrick Keenan

    Wonderful photos. Love the archs inside the trulli.

    • Alida

      They are very interesting buildings.

  6. Frank | Memorie di Angelina

    Believe it or not, I’ve never been to Alberobello. Been wanting to go for a very long time. One day… !

    • Alida

      Oh my.. you must go then!

  7. Gloria Roa Baker

    Love all the pictures what beautiful place cara!
    I would like to know some day Italy!! hugs!

    • Alida

      Grazie cara un abbraccio!

  8. Mary

    I enjoyed your photos and the interesting information. It looks a great place to visit. Nowadays the Mediterranean Diet is being touted as the best diet that anyone can have. Full of fresh seasonal produce and good olive oil. All said to be so very good for the body and health.

    • Alida

      Yes, what I love most about the Mediterranean diet is its simplicity. Good quality fresh ingredients = lots of flavour!

  9. Gerlinde

    What gorgeous photos Alida, I would love to visit Alberobello.

    • Alida

      I really enjoyed this trip. A great place to visit indeed.

  10. 2pots2cook

    Che bello ! I spotted the kitchen first too hahaha 🙂 Grazie milla !

    • Alida

      We food bloggers always do! It is always about food isn’t?!

  11. Ron

    I’ve always been fascinated with the trulli huts, but have never visited. I think it would be a great part of Italy to visit. Especially eat all that seafood.

    • Alida

      The food is great there..really really good. I really want to go back there soon and visit more of this region.

  12. La cucina di Molly

    Che bello sapere che sei venuta in Puglia, come vedi c’è tanto da ammirare, spero ritornerai! Baci!

    • Alida

      Un posto bellissimo!

  13. speedy70

    CHe voglia di sole e di mare e vedere le tue splendide foto!

    • Alida

      Si mi manca gia’!

  14. elisabetta

    How adorable! Puglia is definitely on my wish-list of places to visit. Needless to say Alberobello is a must. Fabulous photos of course, brava! Best of luck on your ”back to full-time work” phase in your life Alida xx

    • Alida

      Thanks Elisabetta. This was a region I still hadn’t explored properly. And there is so much to see.

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