Alberobello

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Alberobello is a town in the province of Bari (BA) in the Italian region of Apulia (Puglia), Italy.

Understand :  Alberobello is known as the Capital of the Trulli. The trullo is a fascinating architectural feature of this area of Puglia, a building with conical roof made without mortar. Alberobello has special status internationally – designated a UNESCO world heritage site – because its collection of some 1,500 trulli in an urban environment is unique. Some of the trulli are now used for stores, restaurants, and lodging. But many are still inhabited by locals, who are very friendly to visitors. As a world heritage site, Alberobello is a tourist attraction, but as it is less accessible from the tourist-heavy west coast, it is not overrun by tourists, and most tourists of Alberobello are Italians. The town is the centre of an annual pilgrimage to the Basilica dedicated to the martyr saints Cosma and Damiano.

Access : Coordinates:40.783333, 17.233333 / The easiest way to reach Alberobello is by train. At Bari Centrale station, which is served by Trenitalia, look for signs to the Ferrovie Sud-Est, located within the same station. The trip takes 1h30min and tickets are sold in the ticket office next to the platform for €4 each way. There are 15 daily connections (some direct, some via Putignano) from Monday-Saturday . Be sure to stamp your ticket in the machines before boarding. Note that the regional train to Alberobello is not run by Trenitalia, and thus, railpasses are not accepted.

Alberobello can also be reached by car with under an hour’s drive from either Bari or Brindisi airport.

There are also a few train connections to Taranto a day.

From the station, walk to the town centre and follow signs to the Zona Monumentale Trulli (or, use any online satellite map service to locate the dense Trulli region on a map). The walk takes about 15 minutes.

Get around :  Alberobello’s attractions are all within walking distance.

Nearby you will find within easy reach by car a number of equally fascinating towns – for example the white towns of Locorotondo, Cisternino and Ostuni, the 18th century baroque elegance of Martina Franca, the Norman romanesque centre of Conversano opf Casamassima. The caves of Castellana Grotte are spectacular and Putignano.

Highlights :

  • Panorama from the trulli from the Belvedere (Balconata / Terrazza di Santa Lucia), Piazza Gian Girolamo D’Acquaviva D’Aragona (in the center, next to the church of the Santissimo Sacramento and Santa Lucia).
  • Trulli Siamesi (between the streets Monte Nero-Monte San Marco and via Monte San Gabriele). A legend of recent history tells that a bride was destined to the owner older brother, but she had fallen in love with her younger brother and there was a conspiracy to divide the trullo  there is no evidence in this regard
  • Trullo Sovrano (Court of Papa Cataldo), piazza Sacramento (far north of Alberobello behind the Church Matrice Santi Cosma and Damiano)
  • Trullo Paparale (in the Paparale district). It is another example of a large trullo (although not like the Sovereign trullo). Of ancient origin, it is believed it can date back to the seventeenth century. Nearby there is a complex of other trulli used as a B&B
  • Casa D’Amore (House of Francesco D’Amore and former Provissorio Town Hall), Piazzetta Re Ferdinando IV of Borbone, number 11 former Localita Prichicco (In the center of Alberobello, next to Piazza del Popolo, formerly Piazza della Vittoria.)
  • Alberobello Oil Museum, Via Duca degli Abruzzi (In the center of the triad district Aia Piccola). Ecb copyright.svg Free admission. Simple icon time.svg Lun-Dom. It hosts events and since 2004 the living nativity scene
  • Trullo San Leopoldo Mandic  Entrance, free. It is a trullo used by the Parish of the Medical Saints. It is located near the Santi Medici and the Trullo Sovrano and there is the Catechism. The dedication to San Leopoldo Mandic was commissioned by the parish priest emeritus of the Archpriest Doctors Monsignor Don Giovanni Battista Martelotta 1989-2012, very devoted to the Saint and went every year on the Tomb in Padua.
  • Matrice Church – Pontifical minor Basilica-Sanctuary-Parish Santi Martiri e Medici Cosma and Damiano patron saints, architect Antonio Curri 1848-1916.  Mon-Sun 7: 00-12: 30 and 16: 00-21: 00. Masses: Mon-Wed and Fri 7:00 am to 9:00 am  Thu 17:00 and 18:30 (standard time) and 18:00 and 19:30 (summer time), with Vespers and Eucharistic Adoration. Public holidays 7:00 am Rosary 7:30 am, 10:00 am, 11:30 am, 6:00 pm, 6:30 pm (standard time); 19:00 and 19:30 (summer time) 7.30am, 10.00am, 8.00pm (July and August). It is the most important sacred building in Alberobello and also bears the titles of the Pontifical Minor Basilica and Sanctuary.
  • Parish-Sanctuary of St. Anthony of Padua, piazza don Antonio Lippolis, 16 (in the Rione Monti. From via Monte Pertica and sacristy in via Cadore),  free entry.  Mon-Sun Masses Mon-Fri 18:00 (standard time) 19:00 (summer time), Sun 8:00, 10:00, 11:00, 18:00 (standard time), 19:00 (daylight saving time).
  • Church-Rectorate branch-Sanctuary of the Holy Sacrament and of Saint Lucia patron, Piazza Gian Girolamo II D’Acquaviva of Aragon of Conversano. (Beside the Belvedere and Piazza Plebiscito). Opening: Mon-Sun Masses: Mon-Sun 8:30 (except during the days of the Living Nativity-Good Friday and Holy Saturday)
  • Church-Rectorate branch of the Madonna del Carmine (Church of the Purgatory and of the Saints Cosma and Damiano Medici), via Giuseppe Garibaldi.  free entry. Sun 8:00 (Recitation of the Holy Rosary) and 8:30 (Mass). It is a branch church of the Parish of the Saints, patron saints.
  • Church-Rectorate-Sanctuary of the Madonna della Madia called the Madonna of Caesar (formerly Votive Shrine of the Madonna della Madia Indiveri family in Alberobello), Via Ammiraglio Millo number 4 (West area, former Pentimi district), Free admission.  Open Mon-Sun. Holy Masses: Mon, Wed, Fri 6.30pm (7.30pm summer time); Tue, Thu 8:00 am, every Sat 20:00, standard time or 8:30 pm Sun and holidays 10:30. Rectorate branch of the parish of the patron saints.
  • Municipio (Municipality), Piazza del Popolo (In the center of Alberobello).  Lun-Dom. The current Town Hall was designed in 1843 by the foreman Tommaso Curri, father of the architect Antonio Curri, built for 20 years very slowly and inaugurated in 1863 by the then mayor. The original project included two turrets,
  • Monument of Calvary. Religious work created by the artist-sculptor professor Adolfo Ugo Rollo, depicts the Calvary. On the evening of Holy Thursday, the Altar of the Deposition is set up there.
  • Monumental Cemetery.  Free admission. Designed by the Alberobello architect Antonio Curri at the request of the mayor Nicola Agrusti. The ceremony of laying the foundation stone took place on February 2, 1887, the blessing on October 15, 1904 and was opened to the public and in operation on January 1, 1905. It has a sarcophagus plan and is one of the most impressive in the province. The Church of the Cemetery was built very late for the incomplete roof, was consecrated May 14, 1972 by Cosmo Francesco Ruppi and the mayor Franco Maria Latartara.
  • Palace of the Counts of Conversano Acquaviva d’Aragona (Casino di Caccia or Domus). It was built in the year 1635 by the Count of Conversano Gian Girolamo D’Acquaviva D’Aragona as evidenced by an existing writing in the tavern
  • Territory Museum (Casa Lippolis-Casa Pezzolla). The museum is housed in the 15 trulli complex of “Casa Pezzolla” and “Casa Lippolis” which became the municipal property.
  • Headquarters of the State Forestry Corps.  Reserved entrance. The venue was built in 1861 and it seems that the facade was made also with the help of the thirteen year old Antonio Curri.
  • Casa Rossa (Internation Camp in the Second World War), via vecchia via per Mottola (about 5 km from the center of Alberobello).  Free admission.  00: 00-24: 00. Founded by the Alberobellese priest and brigand Don Francesco Gigante, ex-Domenico father of the Order of the Minor Observatories of Lecce, inaugurated by the 78 tumoli di Carbone di selva wood on December 2nd 1887
  • Evangelical Christian Church, Via Cairoli.  Functions Wed afternoon and Sun morning.

Events
In summer Alberobello plays host to a number of festivals. These include a significant international folk festival, music festivals including classical, jazz and popular music, dance, theatre, street theatre and children’s events. There are also religious festivals with music performances and firework displays. Most of the performances are free and open-air.

The town has a vibrant passeggiata with summer strolls continuing beyond midnight.

Go next : Ostuni / Caves of Castellana / Martina Franca /

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