Centro Storico
Centro Storico
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  • phat_dawg_21
    Alpharetta, Georgia13,464 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Two Neighborhoods, Two Impressions
    When we left the site, we discussed what we had seen and understood that this is really two distinct areas: The Monti Neighborhood, and Rione Aia Piccola. The Monti Neighborhood is packed with tourists and was the most crowded. It has narrow streets lined by artisan workshops, souvenir shops, cafes, and restaurants; you can get the feeling you are in a theme park or an amusement park. It has an artificial feel. We admired the trulli with their roofs decorated with the primitive pagan and Christian symbols. But, we were disappointed by the rudeness of some of the souvenir sellers and operators of some of the homes that could be viewed for a fee. If you were not buying, they seemed to want you to move on, quickly. Moving away from the more touristy area, we discovered more real, less crowded streets in the Rione Aia Piccola. Here we found well maintained homes decorated with vases containing flowering plants, brightly colored doors, and lace curtains on the windows. Our suggestion: don’t visit one neighborhood without also seeing the other.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 12 September 2023
  • BrakiWorldTraveler
    Belgrade, Serbia17,760 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Two hills with same houses but totally different experience
    We saved our Alberobello visit for late afternoon after exploring and sunbathing in the seaside town of Monopoli. From Monopoli it's around half an hour drive passing through beautiful countryside. First, we reached the northern Alberobello area, called Rione Aia Piccola where we parked our car (metered parking). This is one hill of Alberobello historic area from where you walk downhill. In this part we enjoyed Trulli houses in peace with almost no one around, making great pics, not being rushed nor annoyed. You could approach houses, read plaques on some of them being relaxed and enjoying. After that peaceful area you reach the bottom straight (bigger) street which divides those two hills. The hill in front of you (Monti neighborhood) is likewise beautiful, but we got an impression we entered a theme park. Monti is literally packed with tourists, you cannot walk without bumping others, let alone making a photo with no one around. Every single Trulli house is a bar, restaurant, 'museum', work shop, gallery, gelato shop, souvenir shop... From the pics I've posted you will easily conclude which one is from which part. In total we spent around 3-4 hours in both parts of Alberobello. The place is undoubtedly beautiful, however mass tourism and heavy commercialization are ruining it.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 1 October 2023
  • mtp1970
    Kournas, Greece267 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    UNESCO heritage Paradise
    This was my second visit to Alberobello with the first one in April and now in October. I Iwould definitely recommend avoiding August generally because it is mostly crowded and hot. ✔️I love this place because of its originality as well as the romance. The best is if you stay overnight where are all the crowds from the cruise ships and the buses go home. You see the real alberobello, the stars, the quiet side with very few tourists and some locals and great places to eat and drink. I would definitely recommend staying at the romantic truly on the south side of the village where we had our own terrace and enjoyed the views. I also agree that the other side Al picola is amazing., but please pick a real truly if you can afford it to to experience the real deal. I can actually live here. I love it so much.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 24 October 2023
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mtp1970
Kournas, Greece267 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
This was my second visit to Alberobello with the first one in April and now in October. I Iwould definitely recommend avoiding August generally because it is mostly crowded and hot.
✔️I love this place because of its originality as well as the romance. The best is if you stay overnight where are all the crowds from the cruise ships and the buses go home. You see the real alberobello, the stars, the quiet side with very few tourists and some locals and great places to eat and drink. I would definitely recommend staying at the romantic truly on the south side of the village where we had our own terrace and enjoyed the views. I also agree that the other side Al picola is amazing., but please pick a real truly if you can afford it to to experience the real deal. I can actually live here. I love it so much.
Written 24 October 2023
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BrakiWorldTraveler
Belgrade, Serbia17,760 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
We saved our Alberobello visit for late afternoon after exploring and sunbathing in the seaside town of Monopoli.
From Monopoli it's around half an hour drive passing through beautiful countryside.
First, we reached the northern Alberobello area, called Rione Aia Piccola where we parked our car (metered parking).
This is one hill of Alberobello historic area from where you walk downhill.
In this part we enjoyed Trulli houses in peace with almost no one around, making great pics, not being rushed nor annoyed. You could approach houses, read plaques on some of them being relaxed and enjoying.
After that peaceful area you reach the bottom straight (bigger) street which divides those two hills.
The hill in front of you (Monti neighborhood) is likewise beautiful, but we got an impression we entered a theme park. Monti is literally packed with tourists, you cannot walk without bumping others, let alone making a photo with no one around. Every single Trulli house is a bar, restaurant, 'museum', work shop, gallery, gelato shop, souvenir shop...
From the pics I've posted you will easily conclude which one is from which part.

In total we spent around 3-4 hours in both parts of Alberobello.
The place is undoubtedly beautiful, however mass tourism and heavy commercialization are ruining it.
Written 1 October 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

phat_dawg_21
Alpharetta, GA13,464 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples

When we left the site, we discussed what we had seen and understood that this is really two distinct areas: The Monti Neighborhood, and Rione Aia Piccola.

The Monti Neighborhood is packed with tourists and was the most crowded. It has narrow streets lined by artisan workshops, souvenir shops, cafes, and restaurants; you can get the feeling you are in a theme park or an amusement park. It has an artificial feel.

We admired the trulli with their roofs decorated with the primitive pagan and Christian symbols. But, we were disappointed by the rudeness of some of the souvenir sellers and operators of some of the homes that could be viewed for a fee. If you were not buying, they seemed to want you to move on, quickly.

Moving away from the more touristy area, we discovered more real, less crowded streets in the Rione Aia Piccola. Here we found well maintained homes decorated with vases containing flowering plants, brightly colored doors, and lace curtains on the windows.

Our suggestion: don’t visit one neighborhood without also seeing the other.
Written 12 September 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Sabine U
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1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
The people owning a store there are not friendly. You get the impression they hate the tourists.
We went to the Bar Bistrot Pierino staff was not friendly and they charged us €2 per person for sitting down at a table.
I am not recommending to visit the place. It is beautiful the cute little houses with their huts on but to see one inside €2 and it is nothing original to see.
Written 7 September 2023
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Foodie-YK
Yorkshire603 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
A must see place if you are in the area, the beautiful trulli are so unique, 3 or 4 steep streets so put your walking shoes on.
Written 5 November 2022
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soo21
Manchester, UK95 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022 • Couples
We travelled by car and it was easy enough to park on a car park just outside the town for € 6 for the day
We were there in September and yes it was busy with tourists and there are lots of tourist shops. However some of the trulli are still inhabited and we still loved it
We went to the other side of town to the museum and it was worth the walk. For the small admission fee you can see how people lived. There is plenty of signage in Italian and English
Written 24 September 2022
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Br1ma
Turin, Italy51 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
Erano un po' di anni che non ritornavo ad Alberobello, me lo ricordavo meno affollato di negozietti dove si trova un po' di tutto, perlopiu' ciarpaglia a dire il vero, ma cercando bene nel mucchio ancora qualcosa di valido si trova.
L'atmosfera che riescono a ricreare e' unica comunque, peccato per la caciara dei gruppi organizzati delle navi da crociera che scorazzano qui e la' con poco tempo a disposizione e la impellente necessita' di entrare ovunque, prima di raggiungere il ristorante che li aspetta.
Un altro aspetto negativo sono i parcheggi, tutti a pagamento, spesso piuttosto improvvisati e disorganizzati, non si capisce bene se autorizzati o abusivi.

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It had been a few years that I had not returned to Alberobello, I remembered it less crowded with shops where you can find a bit of everything, mostly junk to be honest, but looking good in the pile still something valid is found.
The atmosphere they are able to recreate is unique, however, a shame about the hustle and bustle of organized groups of cruise ships that roam here and there with little time available and the urgent need to enter everywhere, before reaching the restaurant that wait.
Another negative aspect are the parking lots, all paid, often rather improvised and disorganized, it is not clear whether they are authorized or abusive.
Written 3 September 2022
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PaulB
Maastricht, The Netherlands3,127 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
Although Alberobello is definitely worth a visit, the Northern part of town is the best to visit.
Not spoiled by tourist shops, one can enjoy the authentic atmosphere in this part of town.
Written 1 August 2022
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duhoz
Beroun, Czech Republic6,315 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
The city name is called after the primitive oak forest Arboris Belli or Beautiful trees and the city is spread across two hill. If you come by bus as me (ticket can be bought at Bari train station and leaves from the Fermata SITA Bari bus station just behind the train station) you will be dropped about 5 minutes from the city center. I recommend to start from Piazza del Popolo , Belveder Trulli from here you can have magnificent view-point. Wandering through the village makes extraordinary and unique experience. The experience can be disturbed by hordes of tourists. Still you can find less visited parts to admire and soak up the Trulli living.
Written 30 October 2021
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Juan H
111 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 • Couples
Alberobello is a very nice village. The trullos view makes an extraordinary experience. A unique construction in an amazing scenary
Written 3 October 2021
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