Amongst fields of olive, vine, cherry and fig and hedgerows alive
with butterflies emerges a bizarre building with a witches’ hat stone
roof. The heady smell of spring flowers fills the air as the Puglian sun warms the scene. Perhaps stop a while in the shade of an almond
tree to immerse yourself in this surreal landscape.
Alberobello is in the heel of Italy’s boot in Apulia. A UNESCO
World Heritage Site, it is the fascinating capital of the Trulli region
where the curious cylindrical buildings with limestone conical roofs
dominate, surrounded by fertile, rolling hills.
A rail line provides easy access for short walks and visits to local towns such as Locorotondo (famous for its white wine) and Martina
Franca which has buildings in the fine, light baroque style built with
local honey-coloured stone. The same train allows a day trip to Bari,
notable for its daily market and lovely wide squares and morass of
narrow medieval passages in the old city.
Ostuni, spread across three hill tops with spectacular views
inland and out to sea makes a great day trip which can be combined with time on the beach and a quick dip in the sea. A day trip by
private coach to Matera, famous for the Sassi cave dwellings is
included in the holiday.
Our hotel is in a great location in a square in Alberobello with
everything easily accessible. After dinner it is exceedingly pleasant to
stroll out with the Italians at leisure. On the other side of the square
from the hotel lies the best viewpoint of the Trulli buildings covering
We are eating out in local restaurants on several nights to allow
you to enjoy a great variety of local food and ambiance. We have
plenty of choice in Alberobello.