Alberobello (“iarubèdd” in the local dialect) is a town of 10,930 inhabitants in the province of Bari. Famous for its characteristic houses, called trulli, declared UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996. The most characteristic districts, in the center of Alberobello, are: Rione Monti and Rione Aia Piccola. In these areas, all the buildings recall the typical structure of the trullo and are used in homes, shops, bars, restaurants. Each trullo is usually formed by a square central chamber, which communicates by means of arches with the kitchen and other rooms. Many of the trulli can be visited by the public.
Locorotondo (u Curdùnne in the local dialect) is a town of 13,905 inhabitants in the province of Bari and is about 9 km from Alberobello, belonging to the association of “The most beautiful villages in Italy”. The town is a collection of small white houses arranged in concentric rings. This gives rise to its name. Events: Feast of the Patron Saint St George – April 23, Locus Festival: various musical concerts during the summer; Festival of “gnumeredde”, the first Sunday of August, Porcini Mushroom Festival, the second Sunday of August, Festival of San Rocco and fireworks competition – August 16, Feast of the new wine, the second Sunday of November.
Castellana Grotte is a town of 18,276 inhabitants at 19km from Alberobello. Castellana Grotte is considered the gateway through which to admire the treasures that Puglia holds also in the secret caves of the underground, to tens of meters deep. The karst caves of Castellana is among the largest in Italy and no doubt, the most striking and wonderful.
Martina Franca is a town of 49,247 inhabitants in the province of Taranto and is situated 15 Km from Alberobello. It is situated on the south-eastern hills of the Murgia 431 meters above sea level with stunning views over the valley Itria. Itria Valley is a rich artistic and natural area of Martina Franca and this is also the main destination for tourists. Unforgivable are the characteristic dry stone walls, the trulli (in Martina casedde), built during the periods of civilization peasant outside the urban area, unlike what happens in Alberobello, where they are located within the town.
A little further away from Alberobello (about 44 km), Polignano a Mare is a town of 16,294 inhabitants located on a rocky promontory 24 meters above sea level. The country’s economy is mainly based on tourism, agriculture and fishing. The country has a very ancient history, in fact, have been found traces of human presence in the village of Santa Barbara dating back to the neolithic. Of natural interest are its caves and historically important are the historic center and the remains of Roman domination. Among the latter, the bridge of the Via Traiana, which is still viable, which crosses Monachile Lama, the deep inlet just north of the historic center, the outlet of the best known of the blades that cross the territory polignanese and so called because in the past there was attested the presence the monk seal.