Itria Valley

Itria Valley: Trulli, Masserie, Charming Towns and Countryside

The Itria Valley is a great place to visit, with its natural beauty, excellent food and trulli. It's located in Puglia, between the provinces of Bari, Brindisi and Taranto. This plateau is also known as "Valle dei Trulli" and Alberobello is its capital.


The villages are all small and close together, so you can visit more than one in a day.


Where to go to the beach in the Itria Valley?


If you would like to go to the beach for a few days, the beaches south of Bari are approximately a half an hour drive from the Itria Valley. Along this coast, you will find an alternation of free beaches and equipped lidos.


In Monopoli, there are long sandy beaches dotted with chic establishments known for their nightlife.


For something more peaceful, here are some beaches where you can relax and take in the scenery

Torre Pozzelle beach

Marina of Ostuni

Torre Canne Beach

Baia dei Camerini

Lido Morelli within the Natural Park of the Dune Costiere

Torre Guaceto Marine Protected Area: this reserve is located about twenty kilometres south of Ostuni, but it's worth a visit if you love wild and uncontaminated places

Where to stay

Alberobello: the magic of the Trulli

There are many things to see in the Itria Valley, including Alberobello, the capital of the Trulli and the most famous village in the area.


It's become a popular tourist destination and more commercial, but it still has its enigmatic charm.


Thousands of Trulli dot the landscape, overlooking tangled alleys that lead to delightful corners, begging to be photographed.

Most of the Trulli in Rione Monti are souvenir shops or craft shops. You can watch them make artefacts, climb up to the panoramic terraces to see the conical roofs from above, or enter the trulli to learn about their architecture.


If you want to discover the most authentic part of Alberobello's historic centre, go to the Aia Piccola district. That's the residential area where almost all the trulli are inhabited.


The best part is aimlessly wandering around and getting lost in the village, exploring all the most beautiful views.

Locorotondo: a jewel in the Itria Valley

If Alberobello is the capital of the Itria valley - the Rome of the situation - Locorotondo is more like Florence or Venice. The town does not live on reflected light, but is named one of the most beautiful villages in Italy.


One of the most poetic villages in Puglia, with narrow alleys, arches and white houses. The many flowerers add a touch of colour.

You don't find the trulli in the historic centre, but you will find the "Cummerse", which are typical houses with a pointed and sloping roof.


Don't miss the Locorotondo seafront! This village isn't actually right by the sea, but they call the Belvedere that because of the view.


You have a great view of the Val d'Itria with the trulli popping up among olive groves and vineyards.

Ostuni: the White City

The "white city" par excellence is Ostuni. The city got its nickname from the historic centre, where the facades of houses, stairways, buildings, and arches are covered with white lime.


Ostuni is a town of winding streets that go up and down between houses. The village is located on top of a hill that overlooks the valley down to the sea.

The historic centre is a treasure chest. Get lost in its alleys that open up into small squares and courtyards, walk up the white stairways and discover the most hidden places of the white city in Apulia.

Cisternino: the most fairy-tale village of the Itria Valley

Cisternino doesn't have any churches as big as the ones in Ostuni or the perfect trulli like Alberobello, nor the Cummerse of Locorotondo.


But even on a short tour of the Valle d'Itria, you shouldn't miss it: because Cisternino is one of the most fascinating villages in the whole area.


You'll enjoy wandering through its alleys and squares, breathing in the once upon a time (and the smell of meat cooking on the stove outside the butchers). The historic centre has an almost oriental charm because of its "unplanned architecture."

You'll find the beauty of the houses leaning against each other, joined by arches, interspersed with external stairs and ladders, decorated with balconies and stone masks: a masterpiece of popular architecture dictated by the wisdom of masons and stonemasons left without first name.


Cisternino's white walls are definitely worth spending a day checking out.

Martina Franca: a baroque pearl

Martina Franca is a town located in the Itria Valley, at the crossroads of Taranto, Bari, and Brindisi.


The most beautiful attraction is undoubtedly the historic centre, with Baroque architecture full of white alleys, stately buildings and majestic churches. There are many closed and hidden streets, a real labyrinth!


The whole landscape is dotted with white trulli, ancient "Casedde," and Masserie--typical Apulian rural buildings.

Make sure to check out the Palazzo Ducale, the Collegiate Church of San Martino, Piazza Roma and the Fontana dei Delfini in Martina Franca.


Martina Franca is not only known for its artistic heritage, but also for its folk and gastronomic traditions.



The Valle d'Itria Festival is a full-fledged Opera Festival that is unique and well-characterised. It has been taking place in Martina Franca since 1974.

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