International Spotlight – Alberobello

In this week’s spotlight, we consider the stunning scenery of Alberobello.

Alberobello is home of the world renowned Trulli dwellings. Named as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this town should be listed on the itinerary of every person planning a holiday in southern Italy. The town of Alberobello and the surrounding area will take a day or more to explore because, while the Trulli structures are a popular tourist attraction, there is much more to see and do.

Trulli-of-Alberobello

A view of Alberobello” by Yellow Cat, licenced under CC BY 2.0

Trulli District

The Trulli of Alberobello are distinctive in appearance. Made from limestone and built with conical roofs; these structures were originally built to house peasant workers. In the Trulli District, you can spend an afternoon casually roaming the streets, marvelling at the unique architecture, visiting the area’s small museums, and tasting the local fare. There is no charge to enter the area, but you will of course need to bring along some money for food and to purchase souvenirs from the local shops.

Castellana-Caves

Grotta di Nettuno“, image courtesy of Wikipedia

Castellana Caves

One of southern Italy’s most visited natural sites, the Castellana Caves are a beautiful and haunting destination, whether travelling alone or with your family. Located less than 20 minutes from Alberobello, the caves are best explored with a guide. Since the caves are so popular, it’s best to purchase advanced tickets to ensure a spot on the tour. Tickets start at €11.50 per person.

Acquasplash

Located in Alberobello, this waterpark is ideal for families with children of all ages, as it provides an opportunity for them to have a little fun while you relax in the Jacuzzi. There is even a designated area for small children. Open from the first Saturday in June through the first Sunday in September, Acquasplash also has a self-service pizza and sandwich bar onsite, as well as lockers, showers and other amenities.

If you need somewhere to stay, the beautiful Borgo Egnazia is a 25 minute drive from Alberobello and other quaint towns making it the ideal base for exploring. If you are planning a trip to southern Italy, consider including Alberobello in your itinerary. From historic Trulli structures to grand caves and a family waterpark, the town of Alberobello and its surrounding attractions offer something for everyone.