Stories behind the Trulli are no less interesting. While lack of timber for construction and abundance of limestone in the region are the ones frequently cited, the one that takes the cake is about the design being a way to wriggle around laws and taxes as the structure was considered unstable. Well whatever might have paved the way for the wonderful architecture we see today, I am happy it did.
The best way to explore Alberobello is to wander around the several lanes sloping upwards admiring the view, white washed conical roofed houses stacked one after another and decorated with colourful flower climbers. There are some stairs along the stone pathways but mostly they stretch into a long incline (thank you planners, I bet you knew I would be coming with a buggy).
People are friendly, helpful and know more english then any other place I visited in Puglia. Though language never became a problem in the region thanks to technology (Google translation) and people who just wanted to help in any way possible. Talk to local shop keepers, they are friendly and would let you take a tour of their Trullo and panoramic terraces. Out of many things to buy at the shops, I picked miniature Trullo to take back with me. You can stay in a Trullo hotel as well to complete the experience.
BambinoTips : Don’t be put off by seeing a lane with steps, in all likelihood the next one would be without steps. Sturdy buggy would be helpful as streets are a mix of bricks and tar. Also there’s a park opposite the Trullo Church if you want to give some buggy free time to kids.
Shakahari Khana: Finding good vegetarian food is never a problem in Italy, Alberobello is no different. There are several cafes, restaurants, pizzerias and snack-shops to choose from depending on appetite and budget. Or you can fill yourself with icecream, my little boy had his first ice cream here.
LocalWine: Do checkout Paco Wines, they have large selection of local wines and owner’s recommendation certainly made our evening even more amazing.