Will be staying 3 days enough time?
Also, any recommendations where to go next in area. First time in south Italy
Much if not almost everything depends on what knowledge about these buildings and their designs you bring with you. Do not go there for getting ideas for home remodeling. This display is not in place for that purpose but it borders on novelty or unorthodoxy in home design. Neither is it a school for promoting architectural design.. Not exactly the equivalent of the county fair, but neither is it as earth shaking and as stupendous as it has been said to be. Is it like viewing Michelangelo's compositions? Is it in the same category as the Sistine Chapel for importance? Does the vast collection of residences rival the Vatican Museums? Da Vinci's works? The location is close enough to the Adriatic Sea coast in Brindisi or Lecce or even Bari for exploring the vicinity. Geographic proximity with Taranto is nothing to sneeze at for distance. Consider visiting Locorotondo and Martina Franca Do pay attention to how the Trulli are constructed with conical shaped roofs with local grey limestone without using mortar originally. Ostuni is within reach. We do not think that these structure deserve as much time as they seem to be receiving. These are not for home remodeling projects. The size of the settlement might determine how long you want to devote to it . The interior of world famous duomo buildings as splendid churches with their own architectural design inside and out rightfully need and deserve as much time and devotion. For certain visitors viewing the trulli resembles or is like viewing places for home inspection with curiosity just for narrow designated purposes in mind like comparing their residences for magnificence or outlandishness and something out of the box and deserving more than two footnotes with commentary. See them for curiosity. Aspirations for studying architecture is not as far removed as you might think at first as a dividend for making a prolonged visit there. There are artistic components. Motivations for such endeavors might be in the cards you are dealt. Excessive repetition in prolonged viewing might reduce benefits. Not like admiration of the fjords in Norway. We might suggest that you begin to examine and read about the surrounding vicinity to learn what is there and within reach of comfortable and inexpensive transportation costs. No need to leave all of Puglia. When are you likely to make plans to undertake this expedition? How long a time period is on your calendar for making it a workable itinerary? Are you accompanied by other travelers:? Budgetary issues are relevant for consideration. Transportation in the immediate vicinity might call for renting a car.. We some times think that these all season favorites lack some intrinsic lasting value to justify unlimited total admiration with just enough luster for bringing and for keep people there for five or four days when other art works in architectural design are looming on the horizon waiting for a visit. Not as outstanding as other are accustomed to say. Not deserving as much vacation time as what others devote to them.
A bella ciao from Puglia 561brig
The trulli lined streets, densely packed with their conical roofed dwellings have made Alberobello one of our region’s most iconic destinations. A must-visit destination for almost everyone who visits Puglia.
For some visitors it is the only part of our region that they see. BC - before covid - Alberobello was a regular shore excursion from Bari and Brindisi’s cruise ports. During our extended summer season most days would see hundreds, sometimes thousands, of cruise ship passengers take a bus to Alberobello for a full day tour lasting up to 7 hours, after which they take the bus back to their ships and depart.
Although trulli are not unique to Alberobello, it is where you will find the greatest concentration of restored trulli and what draws visitors to Alberobello.
Most tourist guides and commentators now suggest arriving early to avoid the organised tour groups as Alberobello fills up by the bus load. But with everybody being told to do the same this makes trying to avoid negotiating the crowds almost impossible, even arriving early in the morning. Besides, that is now part of the Alberobello experience.
We say embrace it. Arrive when best suits you. Mid-morning or late afternoon - after 5pm - works for us. Our suggestion if you have your own transport is that you need no more than 2 hours, excluding lunch or dinner, to soak up all that is Alberobello.
Rione Monti, the over commercial main trulli district should not be ignored. Just remember although it is the heart of the trulli zone, it is no longer the soul. No need to amble - save that for later. Walk up Monte S. Michele, grab a coffee and delicious pastry at Martinucci Laboratory, via Monte S. Michele, 57. Cross over to Monte S. Gabriele and then onto Monte S. Marco. Perhaps visit the Sant'Antonio trullo church along the way.
You have seen what most visitors come to Alberobello to see and you won’t feel cheated if you decide to leave the crowds behind and explore elsewhere in the stunning Valle d’Itria.
But we suggest that you cross over the Largo Martellotta and head up the steps towards Piazza XXVII Maggio and the rione Aia Piccola. The Aia Piccola district is less crowded, its restored trulli - mostly B&B accommodation - with characteristic original stonework intact. If you dig a little deeper you can discover a secret, hidden space offering a more intimate, close-up experience of Alberobello’s heritage.
From Piazza XXVII Maggio head to Via Giuseppe Verdi and enjoy wandering around. If you have time take via Verdi all the way to via Colombo where you will see the splendid Villa Tria. Be sure to walk down Via Galileo Galilei and onto Vico il Duca degli Abruzzi. Keep going to discover some unrestored trulli in their original setting with some wonderful views through the pine trees over the white washed cone topped trulli of the rione Monti. In that moment you will discover, briefly, the Alberobello that inspired Pasolini.
Official guided tours tend to last between 1.5 - 2 hours, and are an informative way of learning about the unique and important history of Alberobello and its trulli.
You can extend your visit to Alberobello by visiting the Basilica Miniore dei Santi Cosma e Damiano on Piazza Curri at the other end of town. Or you might prefer to visit some of the Valle d’Itria’s beautiful towns like Locorotondo (10 minutes away by car), Cisternino, Martina Franca (both 20 minutes), Monopoli (25 minutes - and a really interesting drive) or Ceglie Messapica (35 minutes). Away from the crowds of Alberobello, eating in any one of them is a relaxed and leisurely affair. We particularly enjoy eating in Cisternino, Locorotondo and on the Piazza G. Garibaldi in Monopoli.
We visit Alberobello between 12-15 times a year, so we do have our favourite eats there too. However, try to avoid eating lunch or dinner in the rione Monti; not because the food will necessarily be bad though it will be busy, catering to the crowds and unlikely to be value for money. Especially avoid restaurants where hot dogs and hamburgers headline the menus and the canteen restaurants with vast dining spaces that cater for the organised bus tours.
QuantoBasta Pizza & Desert Piazza XXVII Maggio, 13 is centrally located only minutes from the trulli zone and usually a calm oasis with exquisite and reasonably priced pizza and puccia.
Evo on Via Papa Giovanni XXIII 1 is a chic osteria taking a step beyond tradition. Try the XXL orecchiette or aubergine (eggplant) dumplings with cinnamon ketchup and gorgonzola dressing or the blood-orange honey-glazed pork bombette. A tasting menu is available.
We never recommend staying in the trulli accommodation in Alberobello. Remember that that trulli are peculiar but not unique to Alberobello. Wonderful examples of beautifully restored trulli can be found all over the Valle d’Itria, often in more authentic settings. For us the “trulli” magical experience is staying in a trullo in the middle of an olive grove elsewhere in the Valle d’Itria. The value and variety beats the B&B experience on offer in Alberobello. But if you are relying on public transport you may not have this option.
No trip to Puglia would be complete without a visit to Alberobello, but manage your expectations. When safe and secure travel resumes be prepared for the constant flow of bus tours and the only part of our region where you will feel that tourism is centre stage. 3,154 votes were cast in our Best of Puglia survey 2020 and those who chose to comment on their Alberobello experience tended to choose “unauthentic” to describe their experience in stark contrast to everywhere/anywhere else in Puglia.
All that is offered to inform on whether 3 days in Alberobello is enough (to do justice to Alberobello itself). Apart from exploring elsewhere in the Valle d’Itria, we don’t know what “other” you could do on day 2 and 3 in Alberobello that would be different from day 1. And in our experience there are much better bases to stay than in Alberobello itself.
But one thing that all visitors to Puglia agreed on in our survey was that the Valle d’Itria, the countryside that surrounds Alberobello, is stunningly beautiful.
“If you are looking for UNESCO and World Heritage, if you are looking for authenticity then seek out the back roads between Savelletri, Fasano and Cisternino”.
“Drive the back roads inland between Torre Canne and Savelletri - the UNESCO protected dry walls, with the millennial olives groves. Fantastic drives, walks, bike routes - simply stunning. Breathtaking.”
Forget “totally unauthentic” Alberobello, which is “worth giving a miss.”
“Trulli are its focal point but they are all over the countryside. Grit your teeth and don’t go!”
Elsewhere in Puglia... we have already mentioned Cisternino, Locorotondo both set in the countryside, and Monopoli on the coast. Each of these is a good base, with the contrast of the surf of Monopoli vs the turf of the Valle d’Itria.
If you are coming to Puglia for some sun and sea be aware that the best beaches in Puglia can be found in Salento (where northern Italians have been coming for years) and in Gargano. In contrast to the beautiful countryside on offer, the Valle d’Itria has the least interesting beaches.
Vieste and Peschici in Gargano are beautiful and the nature on offer and stunning beaches make Gargano very worth while. But if your holiday time is limited it might better suit a self-contained vacation, especially if your heart is set on exploring the Valle d’Itria.
Otherwise for coast and beach we recommend Otranto as a base, from which the Adriatic coastal drive to Santa Maria di Leuca - a total antidote to Alberobello - with the opportunity of stopping off en route for many breathtaking views and less visited but interesting destinations should not be missed. You can read about them in some of our other Tripadvisor responses on this forum.
As for that other iconic destination in Puglia - Polignano a Mare, not one single negative comment was offered in our Best of Puglia 2020 survey. It polled 17% of the vote for Puglia’s favourite destination (compared with Alberobello’s 2%). Try to include it on your list of places to see when you visit beautiful Puglia.
Happy planning, safe and secure travelling and buone vacanze.
As a brief follow-up you do not need to join an organized tour. Educate yourself. Time would be wasted for joining and taking a guided tour when the guide is there to make money with little more than what you can see for and read for yourselves. Substance to make a tour worth your time and money is not there in abundance.
Although it doesn’t take that long to visit Alberobello, we found it to be a nice, relaxing, base for day trips elsewhere. In the evenings after all the tourists have left, the town is really “local”, very italian, pleasant.
In the evenings the inhabitants are out walking about for the “passeggiata” and enjoying the town. We gladly joined them.
It was nice coming back to our trullo after a day of sightseeing, and enjoying a drink and a snack before walking out to a restaurant for dinner
Alberobello has a train station walking distance from historical center, and regular bus service to neighboring towns.
Please ignore poster Chunkie, he never offers any real advice, and doesn’t know what he is talking about.
We spent a week in Alberobello in a trullo about 10 years ago. At that time although there were day trippers there weren’t so many as in recent years.
We also enjoyed the town 8n th3 evenings when most of the visitors left. We had a hire car, so managed to see quite a lot in the area. We very much enjoyed Matera. Hopefully, we’ll get back another time, but there are so many places to visit.
Chunkie pops up with the normal drivel on the French Forums too.