Alberobello is the capital of the Trulli and is only a 17 km. drive from Villa Lavanda, but you could also cycle.
Although Alberobello is a touristic place, it’s definitely worth a visit. Alberobello attracts tourists from all over the world. Approximately 1.600 trulli (houses with conical roof) are preserved, including a very lovely trullo church. During your visit to Alberobello people will try to tempt you to taste the typical Apulian specialities and liqueurs.
Obviously, there are many souvenirs for sale, from really kitsch to very tasteful jewellery, linen towels and tablecloths.
The name Alberobello comes from the Latin Sylva Arboris Belli, which refers to the oak forests that once surrounded the town . The centre is built on two hills: on the east lies the new town, on the west the old historic town.
Alberobello is famous for its many trulli. Two districts consist almost solely of trulli: Rione Monti and Aia Piccola. There are Siamese trulli, a Trullo church and a Trullo Sovrano, the only trullo that consists of two floors. In 1910 Rione Monti, with about 1,000 trulli, was declared as a National Monument and in 1996, the trulli of Alberobello were included in UNESCO World Heritage list.
Entire families used to live in a trullo along with the ox, the donkey and the chickens. Usually, there was a well present and food stocks were also kept in the trullo. Nowadays, some trulli are still permanently inhabited and many trulli in the countryside serve, like other small rural houses, for ‘villeggiare’. Only a few go on holiday in this region. In the 2nd half of May, people from the village take some pots, pans and maybe a mattress along to the trullo or house in the country. Once a week, when there is market on Tuesday, one comes back to the village for shopping, the post and the plants and shortly after Ferragosto (August 15th) they migrate back to town.