Italy is one of those countries that have a lot to offer. The Italian architectural style is different, is unique and it will definitely blow you away. If you visit Italy once I am sure you will come back again as soon as you realize how many beautiful places you can admire there. If you are going to visit the Province of Bari you should definitely not miss Alberobello.
Situated in southern Italy, in the region of Puglia, Alberobello is a small town, which looks more like a village. What makes this small town really special is its impressive and unique architectural style. I am talking about the trulli style which is a traditional architectural style defined by white buildings made of limestone.
These little houses with conical roofs and thick stone walls were made of big stones without mortar. Alberobello seems to be the setting of a story due to its conical roofs decorated with spires and different elements that have religious, magical and spiritual significance. These pyramid structures are often built as a complex with several roofs.
It is said that these houses were built for the peasants by the Counts of Conversano. They chose this building method because they wanted the houses to look very unstable in order to avoid taxes. If the houses looked unstable they were not taxable. This was a really ingenious idea to fool the system of that time and the marvelous Alberobello is even today a durable settlement.
The capital of the trulli, as it is called, was declared a national monument and became a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This amazing little town hosts about 1500 buildings. Most of them are located in the most picturesque districts of Alberobello: Rione Monti and Aia Piccola.
The most famous houses that you should definitely not miss are: the Trullo Siamese, the Trullo Sovrano, St. Anthony’s Church and the House of Love.
It will be a real delight to explore and walk among these unique buildings. You should know that the best view over the entire trulli area is seen from the town center, which is a little higher than the area where the most of the trulli houses are situated. If you enter the trulli houses you will discover their simple and beautiful design and if you climb on the rooftops you will admire a beautiful sight.
It is good to know that there are a lot of souvenir shops, restaurants and even trulli hotels in case you want to spend the night in one of the trulli houses, eat local dishes or buy interesting things. If you have enough time to spend there you can also see and find out interesting things in one of the museums of Alberobello: the Museo del Territorio, the Museum of Olive Oil, the Museum of Handicrafts and the Museum of Wine.
If you get to Alberobello make sure you take your time and visit all these wonderful houses because they are one of a kind. Alberobello is definitely one of those places where you can live a truly unique experience.