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Alberobello

Alberobello is a village of 10,000 inhabitants in the province of Bari whose landscape is reminds the fairytales.  The heart of the village is entirely made up of the trulli, the original houses in dry stone, whitewashed with lime and the cone-shaped roof made of gray stones. Crosses, pierced hearts and zodiac symbols decorate the roof of every trullo, which preserves its mystery intact.

There are more than 1000 trulli scattered throughout Alberobello: even the churches are in the shape of a trullo! These picturesque constructions, unique in the world,  have made Alberobello one of the 54 Italian sites included in the World Heritage List by UNESCO.

You can visit Alberobello by day: winding lanes and characteristic squares are intertwined in the Monti district, where the “Siamese trulli”, with its original two-cone roof, the Church of Sant’Antonio and the Trullo Sovrano stand out. Do not miss the Museum of the Territory, housed in a complex of communicating trulli, and the Casa d’Amore, today a valuable tourist information point, the first building in the entire town built with lime and mortar. Another destination is the Belvedere terrace: from this elevated position you can admire the whole Monti district. And for wine lovers, a visit to the Cantina Albea Winery, a tribute to the wine culture, can not be missed. The structure is entirely in stone and the wine tanks are buried in the rocks.

The star vaults and the supporting pillars of overlapping boulders recall a mosque, while the exterior is perfectly inserted in the context of Alberobello
And finally a little advice: there is no better time to visit Alberobello, but in the Christmas period it seems to live in a fairytale. Every year the Festival of Lights is held, white and colored lights that illuminate the cones until January 6, transforming Alberobello into a small nativity scene surrounded by flea markets of all kinds.