Alberobello, capital of the Trulli
Famous in the world for the trulli and the Orange Flag for the Italian Touring Club, Alberobello is part of the Valle d'Itria and the Murgia dei Trulli. The historic center is entirely made up of these particular pyramid-shaped buildings, an example of spontaneous architecture with extraordinary static capabilities dating back to the 14th century.
It is a wonderful place that deserves to be visited for the fairytale atmosphere that you can stroll through the winding alleys of the historic Rione Monti with its 1000 trulli, unique and striking architectural beauties built in white stone and circular plant decorated with zodiac symbols, pierced hearts and crosses (the reason is still a mystery), a shelter for those who worked the fields and then became real homes.
The Trullo Sovrano is the largest in the country and has 12 trulli and a raised floor, today it is used as a museum and hosts shows and concerts. Fascinating are also the Trulli Siamesi, so named because of the two entrances on different roads and for an ancient popular legend. Also worth visiting is Casa Pezzolla with its 15 communicating trulli, today Museo del Territorio.
Even the sacred buildings are in the shape of a trullo, such as the Chiesa di Sant’Antonio with its 21-meter dome and the Basilica dei Santi Medici with images of the Madonna di Loreto and the santi Cosma and Damiano.
Restaurants and inns are not lacking in Alberobello, as well as the farmhouses a little more in the suburbs, where to eat typical savory and genuine dishes such as fave and cicoria, fried cod and orecchiette with cime di rapa.