The Incredible Cone-Shaped Trulli Houses of Alberobello, Italy

The Incredible Cone Shaped Trulli Houses of Alberobello, Italy
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Hey there! Thanks for stopping by. If you follow us, you know that we have been expats living in Europe for the last ten years. We were lucky enough to live in Southern Italy for one year and we spent countless hours exploring little villages and amazing historic sites. One of our absolute favorite destinations are the cone-shaped Trulli houses of  Alberobello, Italy. 

The Incredible Cone-Shaped Trulli Houses

of Alberobello, Italy

The Incredible Cone-Shaped Houses of Alberobello, Italy

History

The town of Alberobello was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996. It has recently come to the attention of tourists and big name news organizations like The Huffington Post. The town originates back 700 years. Yes, really!  The Incredible Cone-Shaped Houses of Alberobello, Italy

The cone-shaped Trulli houses of Alberobello, Italy  are very unique, limestone, cone-shaped houses that were built with no mortar or concrete to hold them together and were originally built by peasants in the area. Are these the cutest little houses you have ever seen? This is just one of the cutest most colorful towns in Europe, and here is a great article of the 15 Most Colorful Towns in Europe. 

 

The Incredible Cone Shaped Houses of Alberobello, Italy

The cone-shaped houses of Alberobello, were built this way so when the kings’ tax collectors came to collect, the houses could be quickly dismantled and they would not be taxed. Cool, right? Don’t you wish your house could disappear with the pull of a stone? Many say that the story is not true; it was more so due to the conditions of the area… but, hey, what fun is that? I like the tax story better, don’t you?

The Incredible Cone Shaped Houses of Alberobello, Italy

Each house was designed with a pinnacle at the top; the shape of the pinnacle is the signature of whomever built it. You know, like a Trulli Picasso!

 

The Incredible Cone Shaped Houses of Alberobello, Italy Many of the houses have paintings or symbols on them that are often tributes to the gods or religious saints. They were painted to protect the inhabitants of the houses. I am not sure about living in the house with that spider-looking thing protecting me though…

The Incredible Cone-Shaped Houses of Alberobello, Italy

What to see

There are two sides to the ancient UNESCO SiteThe first, Rione Monti, has 1000 trulli houses, shops, and local businesses. You can see the homes built down the hillside of Alberobello. The best time to just wander the small lanes is after lunch. The smaller, less touristy side is Aja Piccola. It is on the eastern side of the main road, Via Indipendenza; it only has about 400 trulli houses. Here you can find small shops with rooftop patios that you can climb up and see the view of the trulli cone roofs. Many shop owners might ask for a donation to climb up; just drop a few coins in the basket. It is worth it to see the view. The Incredible Cone Shaped Houses of Alberobello, Italy

Church Parrocchia Saint Antonio

This church was originally called Madonna delle Grazie and was built around 1400. It was built at break-neck speed and completed in 14 months. The story is that the local priest was angry about the spread of the Protestant religion and wanted to build a monument and relic for the Catholic religion… and fast. The church was later renamed the Church of St. Antonio. During WWII, part of the bell tower was destroyed in an air raid, but it has all been restored. Beautiful, right?

The Incredible Cone Shaped Houses of Alberobello, Italy

Trullo Siamese – the Twin Trullo

The Trullo Siamese is one of the most ancient homes of Alberobello and has an inscription from the 15th century to prove its age. The trullo has two, centrally joined domes, like twins, which is totally unique. The story behind this twin, cone-shaped home, is that there were two brothers who had fallen in love with the same woman. Uh oh… never a good thing.

The Incredible Cone Shaped Houses of Alberobello, Italy

She had been promised to the older brother by agreement between the families; however, she had fallen in love and started a relationship with the younger brother. The brothers decided to build and live in the house all together. Weird, or maybe I am just not good at sharing. At first, the love triangle lived under the same roof, but eventually it was just too much for the older brother. Eventually, they divided the house and built an extra door in the back. I would have moved! The trulli house was all redone in 1997 and is now a souvenir shop.

The Incredible Cone Shaped Houses of Alberobello, Italy

 

Trullo Sovrano

This trulli is in the more modern part of town and is the first and only two-story cone-shaped house in the world. It was built by a wealthy priest in the first part of the 18th century.

The Incredible Cone Shaped Houses of Alberobello, Italy

Inside the house are the first built-in closets and 23 stone steps leading to the higher floors. The house even had a trap door, between the first and second floor, which the priest used as a hiding place. I’m not sure why he was hiding, but he felt the door was a necessity. At the time, it was quite a feat of architecture and huge in size, relatively speaking. For this reason it was named “Sovrano” meaning “monarch” or “king” in Italian. Because of its unique architecture and one-of-a-kind building, it was declared a national monument in 1930. Today, it is a small museum and souvenir shop.

 

The Incredible Cone Shaped Houses of Alberobello, Italy

Cantina Albea Winery and Museum

Cantina Albea – a small winery located in Alberobello and owned by Tommaso Marangi. You can tour the winery and the museum, learning how the wine is made and all that goes into the family winery. The shop has a cool gas pump that you can pump your wine into a plastic jug for wine to go! The family actually owns 53 hectares of land and makes over 20,000 cases of wine a year. They have a tasting room and are happy to give you all the ins and outs of how they make their wines. You know how I feel about wine – there is never enough! The Incredible Cone Shaped Houses of Alberobello, Italy

Museo del Territorio Casa Pezzolla

Casa Pezzolla, meaning “museum of the territory,” is a museum that is furnished as it would have been in the 19th century. A normal living space of a trulli was 50 square meters (or approximately 538 square feet), a main floor, and a loft for the children to sleep in. The trulli home could house up to eight family members and was sparsely furnished. It was heated with a fireplace in the center, and cooking was done on the open fire as well. You can check out the museum website here for more information.

The Incredible Cone Shaped Trulli Houses of Alberobello, Italy

The House of Love 

The House of Love, built in 1797, was the very first cone-shaped house constructed in limestone and mortar. The name comes from the original family, Franncesco d’ Amore, who took part in the uprising in the 18th century. The Incredible Cone Shaped Houses of Alberobello, Italy

The house was built as a sign of victory against tyranny, and the materials that were used were used as a show of defiance. At the time, all people were ordered to dry build (no mortar) with stone. Later, with his lead, a royal decree allowed people to build with limestone, mortar, and other building materials. Due to his part in the passing of the new law, the house has historical meaning and was named a historic monument in 1930. Yeah! Today, it is the local tourism office of Alberobello.

 

The Incredible Cone Shaped Houses of Alberobello, Italy

Where to eat in Alberobello

Now that you have spent the day looking at the cool cone-shaped house of Alberbello, you need to eat. Antica Salumeria is a small meat and cheese shop. Most likely, you will just wander by and stop to gaze at the drying prosciutto hanging in the store; however, this little gem is a locally-owned food store with a tasting room. The owner is so nice and will do anything to ensure that you eat, drink, and taste all the best Alberobello has to offer. You will stop in for a snack and end up spending the day – it’s just an amazing little place. Stop by if you are in the area! If you want the lowdown on the best food to eat in the region, check out our post on the best foods of Puglia. The Incredible Cone Shaped Houses of Alberobello, Italy

La Cantina is a locally-owned restaurant on the main street in Alberobello. It has a cute little dining room and an open kitchen where they prepare all the food in front of you. The food was fantastic! We had excellent antipasto and local wine followed by handmade pasta and meats. Amber enjoyed the cheese and sweets! If you are looking for tips on dining out, make sure to check out our post on dining out in Italy! 

The Incredible Cone Shaped Houses of Alberobello, Italy

Where to stay in Alberobello

In a trulli house, of course! My pick is the Trulli Holiday ResortThey have multiple sizes, depending on your needs, WiFi, and kitchens. I think anyone stopping to visit Alberobello needs to stay overnight in an authentic, 700-year-old trulli home! Compare prices here The Incredible Cone Shaped Houses of Alberobello, Italy

How to get to Alberobello

The nearest airports are Bari or Brindisi. Compare flight prices here or below.

You can take the train to Alberobello, from anywhere in Italy, you can compare prices with  TrenItalia or EuroRail Italy.

Renting a car is also a great option and a wonderful way to see so much of Italy. You can compare all car rental companies here 

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Tours in Alberobello

Our recommendations for amazing tours and things that you must see while in Alberobello are, of course, everything I wrote about. My suggestion is the private, two-hour walking tour of Alberobello where you will see everything on my list and hear the stories from a private guide. Or you can take the private tour with a wine tasting – this is my choice because no day in Italy is complete without a glass of wine! You can check out prices  here. 

Language in Alberobello

In this area you will face a challenge finding a lot of people who speak English. Brush up on your Italian with Pimsleur language programs and try out a FREE Italian lesson with Pimsleur by clicking the banner below!

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I hope you enjoyed Cone-Shaped Trulli Houses of Alberobello, Italy as much as we did! If you are traveling in the area of Puglia, make sure you check out our other local posts on Matera, Lecce, and the Foods of Puglia!  Have you been? Did I forget anything that is a must-see sight? Do you have any questions? Drop a comment below and let me know!

– Stacey

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  • Reply April 27, 2017

    E H

    What an amazing experience to visit this place in Italy! I would love to travel to Europe some day - would be so much fun! This town sure has a lot of character, and the food looks incredible - all the cured meats, love it!
  • Reply April 27, 2017

    Katrina gehman

    ok those are super cute! i would love to stay in one and see what it's like living there. very cool.
  • Reply April 26, 2017

    Danielle

    These are pretty cool and I like the tax collector story better, too. I also like the signature designs left on each one. It makes them all a little more unique.
  • Reply April 26, 2017

    Michelle Waller

    Oh my goodness!! These are so stinkin cute!! I bet it was really cool seeing these.
  • Reply April 26, 2017

    Carol Cassara

    It's really beautiful out there! It would be really nice to be able to visit this and see the houses in person. I think that taxes story is quite funny but imagine if it were true. The houses looks like it would last though. I really love how it looks!
  • Reply April 26, 2017

    Jason

    I had been to Italy twice, and missed out this part of the world. Dint even know that this part exist. Thankyou for sharing and this will be added to my bucketlist for sure.
  • Reply April 26, 2017

    Blair villanueva

    These trulli houses are so unique, and though it has some funny historical reasons, it still stands so beautifully. Picture perfect.
  • Reply April 26, 2017

    Gábor

    WOOOOOW! I didnt know about their existence... I really have to go there...
  • Reply April 26, 2017

    Shirley

    I would love to visit this small town, it looks so cute and i love the photographs.
  • Reply April 25, 2017

    Jennifer

    I would LOVE to visit Alberobello, Italy! Those cone-shaped houses are so cute. Your pictures are beautiful and really capture the beauty of your trip.
  • Reply April 25, 2017

    robin rue

    No way- those are SO cool. I would love to go see them in person someday.
  • Reply April 11, 2017

    Nisha

    That's a perfect guide. I am glad you wrote this post. Europe is in our list this summer and you can see why I am smiling.. :) Relishing local delicacies are something we love to do. Nisha recently posted...Comment on When granny sang a song ! by DaphneMy Profile
  • Reply April 9, 2017

    Paul

    Wow you guys really do visit some lovely places in Italy and again it's another one which I haven't heard of! The history of this place sounds fascinating! Thanks for sharing! Paul recently posted...Hanoi: Not love at first sight, but city that grew on us over time to eventually feel like home!My Profile
  • Reply April 8, 2017

    Harmony, Momma To Go

    Wow I've never heard of this town but I'm intrigued!
  • Reply April 5, 2017

    Lara Dunning

    I am so glad you wrote this post as staying in one of these houses and exploring the town, visiting the winery, and of course eating local meats and cheeses is something I would love to do. I've pinned for when I head that way. Lara Dunning recently posted...The Anacortes Sunset – An Unforgettable Island Getaway ExperienceMy Profile
  • Reply April 5, 2017

    Jes

    These houses are incredible! A rare find in this world. It's amazing how many wonderful places there are to explore in this world. Thank you so much for sharing...
  • Reply April 4, 2017

    Marielle Altenor

    Oh my! I love looking at all the pictures of Alberobello, Italy. Hmm, I wonder if my father-in-law has ever been to Alberobello. I need to move to the USA so that I can travel to Italy at such an amazing rate!! WOW
  • Reply April 4, 2017

    Haley Pugh

    What a photogenic place! I'd love to visit. There aren't many places on my bucket list, but I've added this. Thank you for sharing.
  • Reply April 3, 2017

    The Family Voyage

    Alberobello looks beautiful! I love that the architecture is so different than the rest of Italy. Are the furnishings of a different style too? The Family Voyage recently posted...Ireland with Kids: A Day in DingleMy Profile
  • Reply April 3, 2017

    Greg

    Those look so cool! One of the best parts of traveling is finding unique things like that! Awesome post!:) Greg recently posted...Best Beaches: Los Muertos BeachMy Profile
  • Reply April 3, 2017

    Elisa

    This is something that I would like to see it but myself but at the same time i imagine it very touristy . . . isn't it? Apart from this, I don't believe the king's tax story, it would be too much work for the villagers, lol Elisa recently posted...Paris 1 Like a Local – Top Sights and Our Must See’s & Do’sMy Profile
  • It almost looks like a town of anthills! They really are beautiful! What a joy it must be to see so many places!
  • Reply April 3, 2017

    Joanna

    Alberobello looks like such a charming village and I love the legend about the tax people better too. I have heard about this place before and I would love to visit one day, especially that beyond the beautiful scenery they also have delicious food.
  • Reply April 3, 2017

    Jay Simms

    Well aren't these just the cutest house!! I bet it is such an amazing town to visit!
  • Reply April 3, 2017

    Cindy ladage

    What amazing history you are so blessed to travel and see these beautiful cone shaped homes. I love the story of how each houses steeples were individualized.
  • Reply April 3, 2017

    Nathan

    Another reason to love Italy! The houses are so interesting looking- I've never seen anything like it. But for me, the plates of meats and cheeses and local wine looked the best! I would love to try the shop you found. It sounds amazing! Nathan recently posted...16 Photos Of Iceland to Inspire WanderlustMy Profile
  • Reply April 2, 2017

    Alberobello.com

    Great article, Stacey and Benas! Also your family pictures look very cute, - such a pleasure to know you had a great time in Alberobello. Come back soon!
  • Reply April 2, 2017

    Michelle Snow

    I love UNESCO sites, and the story behind these homes is fascinating. I can't imagine having to dismantle the whole house and then put it back together to save taxes every year. LOL Michelle Snow recently posted...Netflix April 2017 Additions and DeparturesMy Profile
  • Reply April 2, 2017

    Harsh Gupta

    Okay I don't know which of the stories is true, but I am absolutely in love with these cone shaped houses! just love them so much that i could live in there all my life. It doesn't look touristy at all which is the best thing for me!
  • Reply April 2, 2017

    Claire Santiago

    Those are incredible artworks! Something that the locals should be proud of as it is made out of patience and hardwork.
  • Reply April 2, 2017

    ZeeGoes

    Love the houses! It looks like I have been transported to a different time entirely, and your baby's outfit is absolutely adorable!
    • Reply April 2, 2017

      BasketsLife

      Haha Thank you, Amber is a really good traveler
  • Reply April 2, 2017

    eileen g

    i've never heard of this town. it looks really beautiful, certainly worth a day trip
  • Reply April 2, 2017

    Brianna

    These houses are so interesting, and look way fun to photograph. It would be cool to go inside and see what they look like. I like how they put different symbols on the rooves.
  • I am truly amazed by the cone shaped houses. They look so cute and very exotic for me. The stories behind those houses are quite intriguing too. Thank you for all the tips. Those are indeed helpful. I will take note of those tips once I visit Italy. Ana Rose | Roads and Pages recently posted...How to Successfully Book Online Via Lion Air WebsiteMy Profile
  • Reply April 2, 2017

    eazynazy

    This is so cute and yet cool...i wish i could see how it looks from inside
  • Reply April 2, 2017

    Jing

    I love the unique architecture of the houses. The place is so charming, it makes me think I'm in a cartoon scene. I'm definitely adding this to my bucketlist. :-)
  • Reply April 2, 2017

    Leigh Anne Borders

    I would love to see the cone shaped houses of Alberobello. What a neat looking structure. I will definitely add this place to my bucket list.
  • Reply April 1, 2017

    Kate the Great

    OMG! These pictures are mesmerizing! Couldn't stop looking at them! And Italy is doubtlessly a country that you need to explore! Kate, http://elysianmoment.com
  • These houses are adorable! And that food looks incredible! I'm really craving some good Italian food....it's made me hungry just looking at those pictures!
  • Reply April 1, 2017

    Carol Colborn

    Wow, thank you for this vicarious experience of a way cool town of cone-roofed homes. I saw some storage structures in Idaho shaped like cones but this is way cooler...everything in the town is the same. And the whites of the buildings are cool, too!
  • Well those are adorable little houses!! And a winery with a gas pump for wine...sounds like a great place to visit!! : ) Katie @ Zen Life and Travel recently posted...How To Use 100,000 Marriott Rewards PointsMy Profile
  • Reply April 1, 2017

    Sarah Bailey

    This is exceptional! I would love to visit this small town. I am eager to eat some of the local cuisines too.
  • Reply April 1, 2017

    Jo

    I'd love to see the Trulli houses, so charming. Lovely that the tourism office is in the House of Love, the first house to be built.
  • Reply April 1, 2017

    Danielle Desir

    The cone shaped houses of Alberobello are truly one of a kind! I love the tax collector story and the fact that the village is still standing 700 years later is so amazing. Doesn't seem like there are a lot of tourists visiting.
  • We visited Alberobello few years ago during a school trip and we were amazed by the beauty of this place! The houses are so characteristic and the color so fashion haha Italy <3 Hang Around The World recently posted...Monaco di BavieraMy Profile
  • Reply April 1, 2017

    Danik

    Again, you gone to another place in Italy which I now want to check out. I never even heard about these houses. They look totally amazing. :) Danik recently posted...Exploring the small Norwegian city of VardøMy Profile
    • Reply April 1, 2017

      BasketsLife

      Thank you ! It is the cutest little town you have ever seen!
  • Reply April 1, 2017

    Tara Pittman

    What cool looking houses. It is amazing how we think we need a lot of space to live in.
  • Reply April 1, 2017

    Bel

    I saw these houses in pictures online and I think I was more impressed by their brilliant white color. I used to live where the roofs had cone like shapes even though these look way prettier. This must have been one heck of an experience.
  • Reply March 31, 2017

    Charles McCool

    Love these cone topped houses. They could be dismantled quickly? Super cool. The baby looks very content and will be a world traveler! Travel Happy! Charles McCool recently posted...4 to 5 Day Southern Iceland Itinerary and Tips for Your VisitMy Profile
  • Reply March 31, 2017

    Tamee

    Such cool and interesting history there. Must have been an amazing experience to actually be there in person. Thank you Stacey and family! Much Love to you!

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