Stepping in Alberobello, surrounded by white houses, weird but beautiful cone-shaped houses in the middle of a Valley, you will feel the breeze of the past times. This might be the first place that comes to mind while thinking about Puglia. This authentic heritage is insanely beautiful, and despite being in the middle of olive trees and vineyard valley, Alberobello is an authentic gem of Italy. This was a stop in our One of the best things to do in Alberobello is to enjoy every single corner of the city, meet locals and explore the history behind those cute and iconic Trulli! 

There are so many things and places to visit and in our guide, you will discover what to do in Alberobello.

From the Trullo Siamese to the Sovrano and the landscape from the Belvedere of Alberobello, we will take you to an incredible tour of Alberobello hand in hand.

Are you ready to explore Alberobello with us? Come with us and fall in love with this gorgeous city! 

What are the Trulli of Alberobello?

Terrazza sui Trulli - Alberobello, Puglia - Italy

Before going in deep and understanding what to do in Alberobello, let’s take a step back. 

You might think:” What is a Trullo?” (In Italian, Trullo is the singular word and Trulli is the plural)

Alberobello is recognisable by the Trulli which are an example of drywall construction, a building technique still in use in Puglia. The real characteristic of those Trulli are the pyramidal, conical or domed rooftop that the houses have got. You will encounter many while exploring Puglia, and especially going around the iconic Itria Valley.

Check out the great storyboard with all the things to do in Alberobello + Hidden Spots with landscape view

What to do in Alberobello Italy 

You will feel that Alberobello is just a small iconic unless it is the place where are concentrated the most of Trulli. The modern city is developing around, leaving the ancient feeling to the old town, or so-called Rione Monti.

We will show you all the things to do in Alberobello starting from the main quarter of Trulli zone “Rione Monti” and ending with a lovely sunset on the top of Belvedere Santa Lucia.

The best plan is to have no plan. Simply try to roam around the beautiful streets of Alberobello, gathering in the narrow uphills, or discovering the structures from inside. Feel free to follow our Alberobello itinerary.

  • Trullo Sovrano
  • The smallest trullo of Alberobello
  • Trullo Siamese
  • Alberobello walking tour
  • Cooking class
  • Sant’Antonio Church
  • Casa D’Amore
  • Eat an ice cream at Arte Fredda Gelateria 
  • Villa Comunale Belvedere
  • Belvedere in via Brigata Regina
  • Rione Aia Piccola
  • Belvedere Santa Lucia
  • Basilica dei Santi Cosma e Damiano

BEST THINGS TO DO IN ALBEROBELLO, ITALY

Trullo Sovrano

Despite it being uphill in Alberobello we wanted to include it as the first. The Trullo Sovrano it’s the most picturesque structure in the Rione Monti, and also the most impressive cone-shaped building. From the Italian Translation, sovrano means King or Ruler of the Valley. This can give you an idea of how massive it is.

Trullo Sovrano has to be your guide, this is located behind the Church of Santi Medici Cosma e Damiano. Today this is the only trullo with two floors and hosts a small museum.

OPENING TIMES | From November to March – 10 AM to 1.30 PM and from 3.30 PM to 6 PM. In Summer it remains open until 7 PM.

ENTRANCE FEE | The entry is only €1.50

The smallest Trullo of Alberobello, Puglia

Visit the Trullo Abitato of Alberobello - Discover how is the life inside a Trullo

While walking around Alberobello, you will see that this city has a lot to offer. Those cute Trullos are a UNESCO World Heritage for a reason. One of the best things to add in your guide to Alberobello, it is to visit the smallest trullo ever. Along the streets, you will see on the top of the entrance “Il Trullo più piccolo” which means the smallest trullo.

Trullo Siamese

The romantic Alberobello landscape ' Enjoy a romantic weekend in Alberobello, Italy

One of the most typical iconic things to see in Alberobello is visiting the most ancient and famous Trullo Siamese. 

Why is Trullo Siamese famous? It’s the only Trullo which has two centrally joined domes. 

This characteristic is linked to the story of two brothers who lived together in the trullo and fell in love with the same woman. 

The story tells that the woman was promised in marriage to the firstborn, but then she ended up falling in love with the younger brother with whom she started a relationship. The three of them lived in the same house at first, but after a while the cohabitation became a bit too much and pushed the primogeniture brother, to throw the two lovers out.

The youngest brother rejected this rule, and used his inheritance right and therefore, in the end, decided to divide the trullo in half and to create a second independent back door.

Alberobello walking tour

A traditional house in Alberobello, Puglia - Things to see in Alberobello

The right way to start your Alberobello itinerary is to plan all the things to do and see. We might suggest you book a walking tour of Alberobello. With the local help to roam around and understand what is meant, each trullo can give you a better idea of this place. Not only, seams stupid, but roaming around the white houses is easy to lose sights, and waste a day without seeing the best stuff.

We love exploring a new place with a local guide, with them we breathe the place and get in deep of it through their knowledge. Also, we ask our guides always for secret places and suggestions on where to eat. Don’t miss this opportunity to discover Alberobello with a local and book here your spot.

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Cooking Class

As you are in Italy, you can’t leave this beautiful region without experiencing a traditional cooking class. You will be in a local farmhouse and learn how to make fresh pasta! 

Is there anything better? We are Italian but not professional, and always seen our nonnas making fresh pasta on Sunday, and thought how they do so fast and so tasty.

Italian Nonnas are the best. You can learn the traditional ways from a local too. It was an incredible and fun experience which we highly recommend you to do.

Making pasta it’s an incredible opportunity to learn how to cook like a professional! Book your spot in advance here and enjoy some fresh pasta!

Sant’Antonio Church

Chiesa di Sant'Antonio ' The Trullo Church of Alberobello

This is a unique Church with a Cone-shaped roof. Coming back to the things to see in Alberobello, you should visit the beautiful Church dedicated to Sant’Antonio. Facing the Rione Monti, this church was opened to the public in 1927 and located on the extreme appendix of Rione Monti, St. Antonio Church is a must-see in Alberobello.

It’s the only trullo church in the world and it’s the symbol of the struggle against religions.

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Eat an ice cream at Arte Fredda Gelateria

If you are in Italy, you can’t leave the country without eating ice cream. It’s the perfect snack especially if you are visiting Alberobello in summer.

Are you looking for the best gelato in town? We got the right place for you. Remember to sign down in your Alberobello itinerary Arte Fredda Gelateria. You won’t regret it!

Do you want to try local food from Puglia? Read our mutilate Puglia food guide and explore the best traditional foods from Apulia.

Villa Comunale Belvedere | Secret Spot in Alberobello

Belvedere of Alberobello and beautiful landscape of Trulli's of Monti District - Thing to do in Alberobello, Puglia

While walking from the Rione Monti, toward the beautiful Via Brigata Regina, with the picturesque souvenirs shops, there is a little gate in between the trees.

The indications say, Bar Belvedere, which it’s the gateway to the amazing hidden spot of Alberobello. Not many know this Secret spot of Alberobello, which will open you to the landscape over the white old town.

Inside the free park, you will find shades and a little bar to get a fresh drink.

LOCATION | Check the map

Best things to do in Alberobello

Holidays Trullos in via Brigata Regina

This area of Alberobello is so quiet, outside of the quartiere Monti, far away from Tourists popular spots. In Via Brigata Regina you will find many accommodations for your holidays in Alberobello, this might be the best area of the little white village because it is not crowded. We found so many beautiful corners, ready for some instagrammable photos in Alberobello.

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Casa D’Amore

Built-in 1797 by Francesco d’Amore, this house is a sign of victory as it was constructed in front of the Count’ palace and not only that. It was built using forbidden materials like lime and mortar. Casa d’Amore, thanks to its historical importance, in 1930 it was declared a national monument!

Plan a day trip to Ostuni as well and check all the things to do in Ostuni here!

Rione Aia Piccola

Top things to do in Alberobello | Alberobello travel guide

Considered the oldest and most charming district of Alberobello, Rione Aia Piccola means “Small yard district”. There are more than 400 Trulli along eight streets and you will love the picturesque atmosphere of all those small alleys. The majority of the Trulli along this side are private houses as this neighbourhood is less popular than Rione Monti. 

One of the best things to do in Alberobello is to meet locals. Get to know then, their history and you will see how many things they will share with you. Recently our friends from the UK went to Puglia for a couple of months and they were surprised how locals welcomed them, invited them for a coffee and told the history of this beautiful city called Alberobello!

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Belvedere Santa Lucia

One of the best views in Alberobello is from the panoramic terrace of Belvedere Santa Lucia. 

You can admire all the trulli in the hill in front of you and enjoy those cute shape houses typical from Alberobello. As it’s a famous rooftop, once you step in Alberobello going toward the Rione Monti, you will step on this terrace. Belvedere in Italian means Terrace with a beautiful view. Head to this space at the sunset, it’s a nice place to chill out and enjoy the sun going down.

Basilica dei Santi Cosma e Damiano

Basilica Santi Cosma e Damiano in Alberobello, Italy
Basilica Santi Cosma e Damiano in Alberobello, Italy

This neoclassical church is a must-see in Alberobello. Many tourists, when visiting Alberobello, they only stay around the Trulli area but never go off the beaten path.

The cute Basilica of Cosma and Damiano hosts every year a popular pilgrimage to honor the statue of St. Cosma as they said that during 1782 was bringing relief from a harsh drought that was occurring across Italy during that time. If you are making a list of all the things to do in Alberobello, the Basilica is the right place to escape the tourists’ chaos.

Inside the Trull’s scene | What is Alberobello today

We are not used to inserting a paragraph like this in our posts, but for Alberobello, we are doing an exception. To be honest, Alberobello was a good place to visit on our tour of Puglia, but it was not so empathic. We discard super touristy places, preferring off the beaten itineraries in a country. However, Alberobello has surprised us, nor only for the awesome panorama, the beautiful white houses, but also the simpleness of the entire village. The streets are clean and wherever you go, you will find locals happy to welcome you to visit the remote corners.

Going away from Rione Monti, I think you will find the real Alberobello, the one built upon kind behaviors of preserving a word heritage by locals. Most of the iconic houses in the Rione Aia Piccola, or Via Colombo, Via Giuseppe Verdi are owned and not for touristic purposes, with people living in.

A bit of History of Alberobello

The beautiful staircase welcoming you in Alberobello, Puglia

Just discovering the town won’t give you the huge history behind these unique buildings. The records go beyond the 1500s, when the ruling family of the Valley, the Acquaviva, to avoid paying taxes to the King, gave the order to build the houses without mortar. Those were maids to be easily dismantled in case of Royal inspection. 

The locals were so ingenious to build up houses with these shapes, and quickly take it down. However, the peasants were not happy to take down their houses in case of inspection and appealed to the King. Alberobello became a Royal Town, out rolling the Acquaviva Family. From the 1700s, no other Trullo was built, because there was no need anymore, however, this structure is still up, as a symbol of that time, and the powerful legacy the peasants left to the future generations. Today there are about 1500+ Trulli’s in town, and not all are destined to souvenir shops, restaurants, hotels or whatever, but many have been renovated and the people live there.

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Reasons why you should visit Alberobello

13 Things to do in Alberobello, Italy 1

Alberobello is one of the most touristic places in Puglia. Together with Matera (which is in the nearby Region), Alberobello is a must-see in your Italy bucket list.

There are so many reasons why you should visit Alberobello and below you will find the right answer to your question:

UNESCO HERITAGE SITE | We already mentioned several times but just in case you missed it, the Trulli of Alberobello are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Italy in total has got 55 sites and this cute white town in Puglia is one of those.

CUTE NARROW STREETS | The streets around Alberobello will be one of your favourite things, you will never have enough to explore this typical Italian style alleys, filled with plants and flowers on the step door.

ROMANTIC CITY | If you are looking for a romantic escape in Italy, Alberobello is the ideal city. Usually, you will associate Florence or Venice with the Italian Romantic Getaways, but Alberobello has it covered as well. Do you want to surprise your partner? Plan a romantic weekend in Alberobello and experience this beautiful town with your own eyes.

FRIENDLY PEOPLE | Italian people are always friendly and ready to help, but you will see how locals from Alberobello are even more helpful. We were surprised to see how, during our Puglia road trip, everyone was looking after us, offering support and direction everywhere.

REASONS TO VISIT PUGLIA | Read all our reasons why Puglia is worth visiting.

Things to do near Alberobello

Puglia itinerary 7 days | Locorotondo views

LOCOROTONDO | Located close to Alberobello, Locorotondo is another stop you should add during your one week in Puglia itinerary. After spending the morning in Alberobello, you can head towards Locorotondo and enjoy the sunset from this cute little white town.

MARTINA FRANCA | Within 30 minutes away from Alberobello, you can discover a new village called Martina Franca. Famous for its “Capocollo”, Martina Franca has got a historical city centre which will surprise you. Cheaper than Alberobello and Ostuni, this is the right location to stay a couple of nights before moving to your next stop.

MONOPOLI | If you want to enjoy a bit or sea and warm weather, you should consider visiting Monopoli. To know more about, read our ultimate guide of things to do in Monopoli, Italy.

POLIGNANO | Head to Polignano a Mare and explore another cute town in Puglia. From the famous beach Lama Monachile to the narrow streets towards Vicolo della Poesia. Be inspired like the famous singer Domenico Modugno. To know more about Polignano a Mare, check out guide.

Q&A | Things to do in Alberobello

Is Alberobello worth visiting?

Yes, yes and absolutely yes! 
In Italy, we’ve got so many beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Sites and I Trulli of Alberobello are one of those! You can easily plan a day trip to Alberobello from the surrounding cities like Locorotondo and Martina Franca.

What is Alberobello famous for?

Alberobello is famous in the entire world for its unique trullo buildings. This particular rooftop shape makes this city one of the most touristic one in Italy. For many Alberobello is a lifetime visit, and it’s not a secret that tourists from everywhere are heading to Alberobello all year round.

How many days do you need in Alberobello?

The voice inside us will say, as many as you can. But we understand that holidays are short, and Alberobello is a small city. Let’s say that 2 days, but even one will be enough to enjoy Alberobello.
Associate this trip to a bigger visit to the entire Region, you will be surprised by the awesome landscapes and cultural heritage. Many people plan a trip to Alberobello and Matera dividing the days between those two beautiful cities. 

How to get to Alberobello

Getting to Alberobello is very easy. You can choose between two airports. Bari and Brindisi which serve several flights from the UK and Europe. We have been exploring Alberobello from Martina Franca, linked by public train, in about 30 minutes. Martina Franca is away about an hour from Bari and is the perfect place to stay on a budget close enough from Locorotondo, Ostuni and Alberobello

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