As famous as the small streets of Alberobello have become, many of the iconic photos you’ve likely seen will be from various viewpoints dotted across the town; some you will likely discover on your own meanderings, but there are a few you shouldn’t miss:
Villa Comunale Belvedere
A small tree-lined with places to sit and the most incredible view out over the Trulli. Find it here on Google Maps.
Belvedere Santa Lucia
Located adjacent to Chiesa di Santa Lucia, this popular spot is the best place to get a panoramic view of the Rione Monte area. If you have the choice, try to head there in the morning so you can get photos without gazing into the sun – alternatively, it does make an excellent sunset spot! Find it here on Google Maps.
Bar Rione Monti
If you prefer to combine your views with a cold beer or golden hour aperitivo, head to this bar with views over Rione Monti – find it here.
If you see a sign outside of any of the Trulli souvenir shops saying casolare panoramica, this means that if you purchase something from them (it doesn’t have to be expensive), you’ll be able to access a viewpoint from the top of their building for free! There are lots of these dotted around the village
IS ALBEROBELLO WORTH A VISIT?
We won’t lie to you, we were slightly underwhelmed by our time in Alberobello.
We knew that it would be one of the more tourist-dense towns in Puglia, and so our expectations were already suitably managed prior to arrival. However, within the first ten minutes, it was clear that this was a town where tourism is now at the core of much and, unfortunately, whenever and wherever this happens in the world it begins to change the character of a place.
We wandered for a couple of hours, we visited some shops, we took photographs, and then had a late breakfast at one of the cute pavement coffee shops. However, we were both content to get back on the road and visit some of the other beautifully named nearby towns – such as Locorotondo – particularly as we saw more and more buses of large escorted groups arrive after 10 a.m.
That is not to say you should not visit Alberobello; as we’ve said, this place is unique, contains a very important story and we have zero regrets about having visited. Perhaps it was because we arrived here after several days in Puglia’s lesser-known west and south on our own road trip that a couple of hours felt enough.
Our advice to you is to try and arrive here before 9 a.m. to have a glimpse of Alberobello before the crowds arrive, or in the later afternoon once the majority have departed.