The iconic, beehive-shaped trulli are unique to the Valle d’Itria, and UNESCO-listed Alberobello has the largest concentration of them to be found.
The town is often swarming with tourists, but it’s still an unmissable sight. Made from local limestone, the dry-stone trulli were originally built by peasants and designed to be quick to dismantle when the tax man visited. Some date back as far as the 16th century, and their conical roofs are often adorned with evil eyes, crosses or astronomical symbols to ward off bad luck. There are more than 1500 in Alberobello in total, most of them in two main clusters: Rione Monti, which has lots of cafes and souvenir shops, and Aia Piccola, a quieter residential area that’s a joy to wander.