Alberobello is located about a 45-minute drive from Ostuni. We rented a car once we arrived in Ostuni. Be aware that the train station is not within walking distance of Ostuni, so you have to take the navette or get a taxi to get into town. The rental company that we used was near the train station, we just called them from there, and they came and got us. While I usually do not recommend renting a car in Italy, it is necessary to get around in this area. The good news is that the roads are straight and well developed, not like in Tuscany. You can count on getting somewhere in about the time designated on Google maps.
Alberobello is famous for the Trulli houses located there which is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The houses are built with limestone from the area and are round with cone-shaped roofs. They are built without mortar. Since the 14th century, this style house was imposed on the peasants by the Count of Conversano and the King of Naples. This type of construction was a way of avoiding taxes. They were easy to demolish and therefore did not fit the type of taxable structure of the time.
Viewing this settlement is like walking onto the movie set of The Hobbit! It seems unreal. The homes are small and cool inside and some are available to rent for a night or two. This makes a lovely day trip and is really worth seeing!
Ostuni is located in the Puglia region of Italy in the Province of Brindisi. It produces high-quality olive oil and wines, which are some of my favorites! I love the Primitivo and Nero d’Avola. The olive trees are a different variety from the Tuscany area and are huge! Some of them grow to be 300-400 years old.
The town is said to have been inhabited since the prehistoric age by the Messapii, which was a pre-classic tribe. It was destroyed by Hannibal and rebuilt by the Greeks. The town makes a wonderful base for exploring this rich and wonderful area. We were here during the “off-season” in early April. That means that some restaurants are closed, but there was still plenty of good choices.
We had a wonderful apartment just at the foot of the historic center in easy walking distance of everything. We took the train from Florence, which was an 8-hour trip. We changed trains in Bologna and then straight down to Bari, another change and into Ostuni. The train ride is long, but there is some beautiful scenery along the way. I have spoken often about the comfort of trains in Italy, but be warned, there are no food or drink options on the regional trains so take something with you.
Ostuni is known as the “White City” and has lovely small alleyways to explore. The entire historical center is pedestrian which makes it nice. It is a little hilly and has some stairs, so be prepared. The panoramas to the sea are stunning.
Since the sunsets still haven’t lined up with the river, I decided to change my position from my perch on Ponte Santa Trinita to some other more suitable sites for the current position of the sun. Tricky, huh? These photos were taken from the Amerigo Vespucci Bridge on the north side, and from high above the city in Fiesole. Lovely aren’t they?