A Glimpse into the Past: The Charming Town of Alberobello – 09/2017
Alberobello is a small town located 55 km away from Bari. It is easily accessible by train and relatively inexpensive to travel to. The population of the municipality is approximately 10,000 people, and the first mentions of the settlement date back to the 16th century.
The main attraction that prompted us to visit Alberobello is the Trulli, traditional Apulian houses with cone-shaped roofs. They are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
In Alberobello, there is practically a whole micro-district made up of such Trulli. Most of them are tailored for tourism – Trulli hotels, Trulli restaurants, Trulli bars, and so on. Nevertheless, it is still a very unusual sight to behold.
Walking through the narrow streets of Alberobello, it feels as if you are transported back in time. The Trulli, with their whitewashed walls and conical roofs, have a unique charm that is hard to find anywhere else. The architecture of the houses is simple, yet elegant, and the whole town has a magical atmosphere that is hard to describe.
There are also several churches in Alberobello that are worth visiting. The Chiesa di Sant’Antonio is a small church with a beautiful interior that is worth admiring. The Chiesa di San Giovanni Battista is another impressive church that has a unique charm of its own.
If you are interested in history, then a visit to the Museo del Territorio is a must. The museum houses artifacts that date back to prehistoric times, as well as exhibits that showcase the traditional way of life in Alberobello.
In addition to the Trulli, there are several other notable landmarks in Alberobello. The Rione Monti is a picturesque neighborhood that is home to several Trulli and is a great place to take a leisurely stroll. The Trullo Sovrano is the largest Trullo in Alberobello and is also worth visiting.
Overall, Alberobello is a town that is steeped in history and culture. The Trulli, with their unique architecture, are undoubtedly the main attraction, but there is much more to see and explore in this charming little town. It is the perfect place to escape from the hustle and bustle of the city and experience a different way of life.
1. The streets of the ordinary town gradually merge into the historic part, and fairy tale-like houses appear.
2. The official tourism department of the municipality of Alberobello.
3. The central square, where the town hall is located, is being prepared for the traditional September festivals in this region.
4. A woman sorting beans (it seems like). This spot offers an excellent view of the settlement.
5. Trulli are traditional Apulian houses with conical roofs that can be seen in Alberobello. They look like small stone bowls and seem very cozy. According to some sources, these houses were used so that they could be quickly dismantled if necessary. Today, trulli attract many tourists, and this is the main attraction of Alberobello.
6. The terrain is relatively hilly with plenty of ups and downs.
7. The roofs of many houses are decorated with special Christian (and non-Christian) symbols.
8. Brick cone-shaped roofs.
R. It’s truly an extraordinary place that I have ever visited. The traditional narrow Italian streets together with the unusual houses that seem to be taken out of fairy tales create a very strong impression. It’s a unique experience to stroll through the winding alleys and observe the fascinating architecture of the Trulli. Each house has its own story and it’s a delight to explore the different patterns and symbols adorning the cone-shaped roofs. It’s hard not to be enchanted by the magical atmosphere that surrounds the town, and every corner reveals a new surprise. Whether you are a history buff, an architecture lover or just a curious traveler, Alberobello is definitely worth a visit.
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