Trulli in Puglia
Trulli in Puglia Alberobello Reviews
Symbol of Apulia landscape Dec 29, 2011
One of the most impressive aspect of the striking landscape of vineyards,olive trees symbolising Apulia is the trulli that are largely found in the Valle d'Itria district.
These small limestone buildings appear among the green country showing their coneshaped roofs made of impermeable grey stones and topped with a white pinacle.They have few openings outside their doorway.
The roofs are often decorated with mysterious signs such as crosses,halfmoons,stars...painted to ward off evilspirits.
These dry stone huts originally purely conical with the roof reaching to the ground level developped in the 15th century whitewashed walls.
They were generally built as field shelters and storehouses or as dwellings by farmers.In the countryside trulli were constructed singly,in pairs or in group of 3,5...12 and more
These farmer accomodations cool in summer and retaining heat in winter are all different,handbuilt without a specific plan and without cement or mortar.They usually have one room under each conical roof with additional living spaces in arched alcoves.
The best place to see the trulli are in the countryside around Locorotondo, Cisternino and Ostuni but the most famous are in Alberobello designated as a Unesco World Heritage site because of its more 1000 trulli.
As Alberobello is an overrun tourist centre in particular in the Rione Monte district where many trulli have been converted to shops,restaurants and accomodation,you have better to enjoy the Rione Aia Piccoli with 400 trulli still lived in by locals!
Part of the First glance but not the last at Apulia Italy! travel blog
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