On holiday in the wild and beautiful region of Puglia in Italy for two weeks, on a whim we drove inland to world-famous Alberobello to see the ancient cone-shaped houses of Italy.
It was a day off from our usual ones by the sea. You see, we’d spent most of the time by the coast, swimming in the many natural pools and coves of the Salento Peninsula. One day, however, we drove across Puglia to stay overnight at the Palazzo Scotto boutique hotel in the UNESCO World Heritage town of Alberobello.
THE MAIN ATTRACTIONS OF ALBEROBELLO
We decided to visit Alberbello on a whim, and we were rewarded with the experience of walking around one of the most unique towns in Italy. Alberobello is known for the trulli, the fairytale cone-shaped stone houses that farmers in this region of Puglia once lived in.
There are still quite a lot of trulli that are being used by the local people for living and working. But many trulli are now empty. Or else they have been converted into hotels and museums. Tourists are always willing to pay a fee to see the original interiors of a trulli.
PALAZZO SCOTTO : WHERE TO STAY IN ALBEROBELLO
Of course we had to book a hotel in Alberobello at the last minute. Fortunately we found the Palazzo Scotto, a five-room boutique hotel in the quiet side of town. This is by no means the most luxurious hotel in Alberobello. However, it is perhaps the most charming. It also offered a stay at a trulli, which is an experience in itself. We booked a suite in the hotel’s trulli without knowing much about it. When we arrived, we were very happily surprised.
The Palazzo Scotto is a lovely little hotel, full of simple but tasteful details. The owner, Valerio carefully chose everything in the hotel to create a simple but upmarket boutique hotel in Alberobello. He’s obviously been successful with this as the hotel is always full.
A TRULLI WITH A BEAUTIFUL GARDEN
The Palazzo Scotto is located on the main street of Alberobello and it has one trulli at the back. This trulli has been converted into a suite at the back, and it opens up to a quiet garden. This is one of the few trulli with real privacy in the town so it’s a very unique hotel and you should definitely book the trulli if you can.
In the mornings, guests staying in the trullican enjoy a delicious breakfast of cheeses, cold cuts, and scrambled eggs. This is probably the best place to have breakfast in Alberobello.
We always looked forward to an after-dinner drink in this same garden every night. Valerio serves his guests homemade local wine laced with cherry syrup that his mother makes. He offered it to us as a host would offer to guests in his home.
So we sat drinking in his garden, which in itself is rarity among hotels in this tourist town, enjoying his home-made digestif and discussing Travel & Life.