Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Old Town of Alberobello is something unique in the world, with its fairy tale streets surrounded by Trulli – stone hut with a conical roof. Trulli were originally used as temporary field shelters or storehouses, however they were built in neighbourhoods in Alberobello so that residents could dismantle their homes in a hurry: an efficient way to evade paying tax on permanent dwellings.
The white circular huts line the cobblestone streets with bright green vines hanging low in the sunshine, you’ll feel like you’ve fallen into a gnome village from a storybook!
How to get there
To reach Alberobello, you will first need to get to Bari. Bari is well connected to other major cities in Italy, see GoEuro.com for schedule information.
From Bari on to Alberobello can be a little tricky. The train is fastest, taking 1hr 40min and leaves from platform 12 of the train station. You can see schedules here, and tickets can be purchased from the ticket office in the station and cost around €6. However, trains do not run on Sundays.
A direct bus runs to Alberobello from the back of the train station – from the front of the station go down into the underpass where you access the platforms, walk right to the end of the hallway, up the stairs out of the station and cross the road. There is a line of shops and a large car park space – this is where the buses will arrive.
If you caught a bus to Bari, this is also where your bus should drop you. The café next to the bus stop sells tickets for Alberobello – you’ll need to purchase the tickets here, just ask behind the counter, the staff are friendly and helpful. Monday – Saturday, the bus departs at 2pm. On Sunday when buses replace trains, they run every hour or so, check out schedules here.
The bus takes around 2hr and costs €6, and makes several stops before Alberobello so make sure you’re listening when the driver calls out the location.
How to get around
Once in Alberobello, you won’t need any further transportation to get around the small town as everything is in walking distance.
Where to eat
Many delis throughout the town will slice you off some fresh cuts of pancetta or salami and make you up a small sandwich for under €5 – perfect for lunch as you’re out exploring the town. Gusto Salumi & Formaggi is one of these great little hole in the wall delis to stop at.
Hashtag Cafe also has great coffee with adorable décor – a great place to stop for a mid-afternoon pick up.
Where to eat
You’ll need to rent an AirBnB or a hotel room if you are planning to stay for the night as there are no hostels in town. If you want to experience the true Alberobello experience, I highly recommend staying in a Trullo.
If you haven’t used AirBnB before, use my link below to sign up and you’ll get €35 in travel credit!
An idea of costs for one day in Alberobello
€70 per day
– AirBnb: €45 per night
– Home cooked breakfast: €5
– Deli sandwich for lunch: €5
– Coffee and muffin: €5
– Home cooked dinner: €10
How long to spend here
One full day will give you ample time to explore the magical streets and enjoy the small-town ambiance.
What to see and do
I’ve marked all the major sights in the town on the map below, which are all easily walkable in a day. Stroll through the many Piazzas, marvel at the history behind the town in the local museum, browse in souvenir and gift stores, find the only Siamese Trulli in town and lose yourself in the fairy tale streets.