Alberobello, at the top of the heel on Italy’s boot, is a quaint town full of interesting and picturesque stone cottages. These centuries old mortarless stone houses are built by stacking one slab on top of the other with no binding to hold it all together. The conical shape reminds me of a teepee in the old west or the beehive mud huts found in Harran, Turkey. We had the opportunity to stay in one that had been renovated for tourists to rent out. Of course, most of Alberobello is now given over to tourists, but there are some quiet neighborhoods still remaining, where the residents live in the old cottages and carry on with their day to day lives.
As with many other places, it is hard to take a bad photograph here. We loved strolling through the neighborhoods away from the main tourist areas and smiling at the old couples sitting in front of their trulli. Everyone was very welcoming, they are proud of their traditions and their town, for good reason. We stayed at a trulli offered by Trulli e Puglia which is off one of the main pedestrian streets. This meant parking the car a few blocks away and then walking in to find our manager with the keys. The website has an excellent page providing instructions for this, so with that sheet in hand we were soon settled in and thinking of dinner.
The hotel’s recommendation for dinner at Trulli D’Oro was spot on. This Michelin recommended restaurant has great reviews and excellent local dishes. Antonio recommended we order the antipasti for a real taste of the region and then order dinner if we were still hungry. We weren’t. The antipasti plates were flowing as freely as the local wine and all was superb. All together we had twelve plates to share between us, each with a decent size portion that could have passed for a dinner plate. Needless to say, we rolled out for our evening walk much slower than we had walked in.
We absolutely loved our stay in Alberobello and look forward to a repeat visit sometime in the future, it is that cool!
Ristorante Il Trullo D’Oro dami srl Via F. Cavallotti, 27
tel./fax 0804321820 – 70011 Alberobello (Bari)
Trulli e Puglia
Via Monte San Michele, 58/60
70011 Alberobello (Bari), Italia