Visiting Alberobello from Bari: Best Things to Do

If you’re searching for a unique location to explore in Italy, then you should consider Alberobello in the Puglia region. With its picturesque trullo houses dotting the landscape, this town simply looks like it’s gotten straight out of a fairytale.

Whether you’re visiting Alberobello from Bari as a day trip (which is what I did) or you have enough time to stay overnight in one of the conical-shaped houses, I guarantee you won’t regret adding this small Italian town to your Puglia itinerary.

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trulli of Alberobello, Puglia

How to get to Alberobello from Bari

Alberobello is located approximately mid-way between the two largest international airports in the Puglia region:

  • Bari International Airport-Karol Wojtyla in Bari, the capital city of the region
  • Brindisi Salento Airport in Brindisi

From the airport, you can either rent a car to explore Puglia (including Alberobello) or you can use public transportation to get around.

However, you should know that traveling from Brindisi to Alberobello by public transport involves more changes and it’s generally more complicated than from Bari.

Travel by car

Most people visit Alberobello on a day trip from Bari. If you plan to drive, then make sure you are familiar with the limits of the ZTL zones in both towns.

While I generally don’t recommend getting a rental in Italy, Puglia is one of the areas where a car could come in handy if you plan to do a longer itinerary.

This is because the train network is not as extensive as in other parts of Italy (there are several private companies and you’ll often find yourself having to return to Bari to change trains).

Alberobello ZTL area (with approximation)
Alberobello ZTL area (with approximation)

ZTL means “zona traffico limitato” (en: limited traffic zone) and is an area where only residents and registered vehicles can enter. Everyone else will be fined (there are usually video cameras that surveil the limits of the ZTLs).

Most of these restricted areas are located in Italian cities that have old, historic centers (Florence for example is famed for enforcing it pretty strictly), so it’s likely you’ll encounter them a lot on a road trip in Italy. In the image above I marked (with approximation!) where the Alberobello ZTL is located.

While the ZTL signs might vary a bit from town to town (some have more details underneath, others also have an LED screen which draws more attention to them), you should generally look for a red circle line and the words zona traffico limitato written in black just above.

ZTL sign in Italy
A Zona traffico limitato (ZTL) sign

Where to park in Alberobello, Italy

Parcheggio Viale Putignano 2 is really easy to access as you arrive from Bari, even though it’s a bit farther away from Alberobello’s center. However, you only need to walk for about 14 minutes to reach the famous trulli. Another plus of this parking lot is the fact that it’s fairly large.

A different option is Parcheggio Via Tito Schipa – Zona Industriale, which is also pretty big and is located nearby as well.

There are parking lots much closer to the trulli as well, but they are usually smaller and crowded and you also have to make sure you don’t enter the ZTL area.

things to do in Alberobello Puglia

Ride the train

If you don’t plan to do a big Puglia itinerary, then traveling by public transportation from Bari is the easiest way to visit Alberobello as there’s a direct train connecting the two towns. The route is operated by Ferrovie Sud-Est and it leaves from Bari Central Station.

However, the ticket booth is not inside the station as one might imagine, but rather directly on the platform, which can be a bit confusing. To find it, look for the large sign directing you to “Ferrovie Sud-Est” once you are in the main lobby of Bari Centrale.

I would recommend you also buy return tickets if you plan to return on the same day, especially if you visit during the summer. This is because many places close in Italy during the afternoon siesta, including the small train station in Alberobello!

You can still buy a ticket directly onboard the train and there will be no surcharge, but to avoid any confusion, stress and additional discussions with the staff checking the tickets, just buy the return ticket from Bari.

Trust me, I went through this and I was pretty nervous to board the train without a ticket, despite someone assuring me that I could buy my ticket directly on the train when the train station was closed.

I would mention that I also tried to buy the tickets through a mobile app before boarding and it simply didn’t work.

Alberobello Puglia Italy

Take the bus

You can also travel to Alberobello by bus. The journey takes between 1h05′ and 1h50′ depending on the route you take (one has fewer stops than the other). Check the bus schedule here.

Book a tour

If you don’t want to drive there yourself or bother with the local transportation, then there’s also the option of visiting Alberobello on a guided tour from Bari.

Best things to do in Alberobello

01. Admire the unusual Trulli of Alberobello

“What are the Trulli of Alberobello?” you might wonder. Well, they’re conical-shaped houses built without the use of mortar, which is a prehistoric construction technique that is still being used in the Puglia region.

Trulli were usually used as temporary field shelters and storehouses or as permanent homes by small proprietors or agricultural workers. The trulli (singular: trullo) of Alberobello date from the 18th – 20th centuries.

old trullo house in Alberobello Italy

According to one of the more popular theories floating around, the construction of trulli didn’t involve mortar because of the high taxation on property. So people living in Puglia would build dry stone wall homes to be able to easily dismantle them when tax inspectors came into the region.

Regardless of the reason why they were built like this, the cone-shaped houses are indeed spectacular and will make you feel like you stepped right into a fairytale.

There are two main areas where you can see many trulli: Rione Monti quarter which has over 1000 dwellings and it’s more touristy with lots of shops and Rione Aia Piccola which is more residential and quiet. I recommend you visit both.

02. Spend the night in a trullo

If you plan to spend the night in Alberobello, then it’s a must to book your accommodation inside a trullo. There are plenty of options to choose from (I also listed a few in this post, further below; jump to them here).

03. Take a walking tour

To make sure you will not miss anything during your visit, you can go on a walking tour.

Over the span of two hours, you will discover everything there is to know about the history of Alberobello, all this while walking past its beautiful trulli.

04. Take in the views from Villa Comunale Belvedere

Villa Comunale Belvedere is a small free park from where you can get amazing views of the trulli located right in front of it. You’ll also find a small bar inside where you can rest for a bit and have a drink before resuming your visit.

trulli in Alberobello, Italy

05. Learn about Alberobello’s history at Trullo Sovrano

Trullo Sovrano is the only trullo that has two floors in Alberobello and honestly, only this fact should be a reason for you to want to see it.

Nowadays, it houses a small museum dedicated to the history of the town and its surroundings. You can visit it for a small admission fee and see how a trullo would have looked in the old days.

06. Visit Sant’Antonio Church

Sant’Antonio Church is located on the outskirts of the popular Rione Monti district. The historic church features the same trullo architecture as the houses surrounding it and it’s the only one in the world to be built in this style.

07. Find the smallest trullo in town

During your visit to Alberobello, you shouldn’t miss seeing il trullo piu piccolo (in translation: the smallest trullo). You can find it here on Google Maps.

Now a souvenir shop, this is also a good place to buy something to keep as a memory (don’t want to influence your choice, but they have the cutest magnets!).

08. Take a panoramic photo of the trulli at Belvedere Santa Lucia

Belvedere Santa Lucia is a good place from where you can get a panoramic view of the trulli. It is located right next to the Church of Saint Lucia.

souvenir shop in Alberobello Puglia

The best time to visit Alberobello

The best time to visit Alberobello is spring and fall since the weather will be pleasant, but not scorching hot like in summer (it’s southern Italy we are talking about). I remember I visited in the first week of July and the temperatures were already very high.

How much time do you need in Alberobello?

One day is more than enough in Alberobello, but you can also stay overnight to experience the town after the crowds leave. In my experience, touristy, small Italian towns and villages like Alberobello, Cinque Terre, or Sirmione have a very different vibe in the evening.

And if decide to spend the night in town, then of course you should sleep in a trullo!

Where to stay in Alberobello

As I just mentioned, I would recommend spending one or a few nights in a trullo. I didn’t stay overnight during my visit to Alberobello, but on a future trip, I totally plan to do it. Here are a few accommodation options:

  • Dimora Sumerano: lovely family rooms (can also accommodate only two people) with a private bathroom in a trullo.
  • Trulli e Puglia Resort: affordable, chic rooms and suits inside a trullo with breakfast included.
  • Romantic Trulli: beautiful trullo apartments with breakfast included.

What and where to eat in Alberobello

If you’re visiting Alberobello, I’d recommend you try the locally made Orecchiette pasta, the traditional Pasqualino sandwich, and of course, as much gelato as you can. Here are some places where you can tray all these:

  • Casa Nova Il Ristorante: Traditional Italian cuisine restaurant with a good selection of pasta and meats. You can try the Orecchiette pasta, a type that is only made in Puglia.
  • La Pagnottella: Panini shop offers different sandwiches made with local products and ingredients. You should try the traditional Pasqualino sandwich with tuna, capers, salami, and cheese.
  • La Bottega del Gelato: Gelateria with lots of options, including vegan. Because you can’t visit Italy, without eating gelato!

So is Alberobello worth visiting?

Yes, Alberobello is worth a visit. This unique town is famous for its odd-shaped trulli houses (which are built without the use of mortar) and it will be the highlight of any trip to Puglia, no matter if you visit it for one day or you decide to stay a few nights there.

Wrap up

If you’re looking for a unique and fascinating town to explore in Italy, be sure to add Alberobello in Puglia to your Italy bucket list. With its cone-shaped houses called trulli and winding streets, you’ll feel like you’ve stepped right into a fairytale.

Also, don’t forget to enjoy the delicious food while you’re there!

Happy travels~


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