MUNICIPALITY OF alberona
mt. 732 a.s.l.
1108 (600 in the borgo)
San Giovanni Battista, August 29-30
Town hall Culture office – Ph. 0881 592022
Pro Loco, Ph. 0881 592334
The name’s origin does not have a known source. It may derive from the word alveus meaning cavity, small hiding place or from the word alberone (big tree). In the first example, it would refer to a community of Sardinian people, who were looking for refuge in this area, where consequently this small village was established.
In the “Scadenzario” written by Federico II (1239) the village is called Alberona, while Andrea Spinelli in his work “Diurnali” (1258) calls it Alvarona.
A trip in this corner of Daunia is like a trip through history, religion and art; all this is set in the green scenery of the Apennines and the countless freshness of the water springs. The climatic and landscaped resources of Alberona are a delicious contour of the old town centre, marked by the presence of the Templars, the legendary monk warriors. Piazza Civetta welcomes you first with the clean lines of the neo-gothic Church of San Rocco and then, through the main street, with the Mother Church, built by the Templars. Even after numerous reconstructions over the centuries, the bell tower, formerly a military tower, and two paving stones with the symbol of the Maltese Knights still remain. Descending down Via Torre, you’ll get to the Palace and the Tower of Gran Priore (12th century). If you get thirsty, after climbing and descending through the streets of Alberona, you can drink fresh water from the Fontanella, a fountain designed in the form of a house with a sloping roof. By walking through the narrow streets, admiring the portals and artistically carved jambs, you’ll get to XIV century Calabrese Arch, the only wooden arch in this area, well preserved throughout history. Continuing on through the town centre, you’ll climb towards the XVI century Church of San Giuseppe, it is very significant, especially for its Gothic portal and a very interesting stone altar. The Arch dei Mille (XV cen.) offers a large panorama and invites visitors to discover the monumental structure of Fontana Muta (XIX cent.). Its waters run, silent and soundlessly, into a large stone drinking trough. The street flanking the Municipal park leads towards the departure point. But before leaving, you must spend some time at Muraglione where, breathing the air of the plateau, you can see the treasures of the Tremiti Islands, full of hopes and dreams.
Products from Alberona are simple and genuine: especially extra virgin olive-oil, cold cuts, conserves, cheese, homemade pasta and traditional bread.
Graziosa, colorata e accogliente casetta di montagna con caminetto, dotata di tutti i comfort, con cucina disponibile. Ampio spazio esterno, wi-fi gratuito, visite archeologiche guidate. Graditi animali.
Via Monte Stilo, 16
+39 0881 592171
+39 329 3976486