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A Trulli Near Alberobello

What’s a trulli? If you are visiting Italy, you need to make a trip to Alberobello and experience these ultra-quaint stone cottages.

Alberobello, at the top of the heel on Italy’s boot, is a quaint town full of interesting and picturesque stone cottages, is one of the great stops along this Puglia itinerary. 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.

An old Trulli stone cottage near Alberobello.

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

Have you stayed in a trulli? Been to Alberobello? Or had an antipasti to rave about? Please share!

Author Bio: Corinne Vail is a travel photographer, food lover, and a perpetual traveler who has been travel writing for over 14 years. For many years she lived overseas in Germany, Japan, Turkey, South Korea, and the Netherlands teaching the children of the US. military. She’s visited over 90 countries, and she’s not stopping anytime soon.


Wednesday 23rd of July 2014

Corinne, to my knowledge I've never even heard of a trulli until reading this post. But, I do know that I've seen them frequently in old WWII footage. Wow, 12 plates of food?? That is my kind of antipasta serving. That would take a lot for me to say no to dinner :)

Corinne Vail

Thursday 24th of July 2014

Mike, Trust me...there was no room for dinner, and we were even contemplating skipping breakfast. It was an amazing meal! And the trulli are just beautiful.


Wednesday 23rd of July 2014

Lol love the part about the antipasti I think that would get me there faster than the stone houses. I've never been to Italy but if I ever get there I plan to eat in all their restaurants italian food is just so tasty they really know how to blend textures and flavours... ok im hungry now

Corinne Vail

Thursday 24th of July 2014

Jameela, I love all their flavors as well, so this was a great way to get a good taste of everything. Delicious!