UNESCO World Heritage Alberobello | Puglia, Italy | One of my favorite attractions, during my week visit to Puglia in the South of Italy, which at the same time I must admit, was also the most touristic, was the UNESCO World Heritage site of Alberobello and the unique and charming Trulli. An exceptional example of vernacular architecture. It is one of the best preserved and most homogeneous urban areas of this type in Europe. A Trullo or plural Trulli, (from the Greek word τρούλος, cupola) is a traditional Apulian dry stone hut with a conical roof. Trulli were generally constructed as temporary field shelters and storehouses or as permanent dwellings by small proprietors or agricultural labourers. Traditionally trulli were built using dry stone masonry. Their golden age was the 19th century. Nowadays you can find houses, hotels, restaurants and stores, inside the Trulli, all over the town of Alberobello, also part of the province of Bari. Town we named, in a funny way “Trulliland”, making you feel either in the Hobbit’s Shire Middle-Earth or right into a scene of the Smurfs.
The roofs are constructed in two skins: an inner skin of limestone voussoirs, capped by a closing stone, and an outer skin of limestone slabs that are slightly tilted outwardly, ensuring that the structure is watertight. The roof stones can be taken away without compromising the stability of the rest. Atop a trullo’s cone there is normally a hand-worked sandstone pinnacle, that may be one of many designs signature of the stonemason who built the trull. Additionally, the cone itself may have a symbol painted on it, like for example a cross on a heart pierced by an arrow (representing Santa Maria Addolorata, i.e. Our Lady of Sorrows).
Alberobello. is a protected by UNESCO World Heritage and has been a listed site since 1996 for its monumental Trulli Village of the 1400’s. Divided in two districts Monti and Aia Piccola. Move through the narrow. winding streets and discover this lovely and charming town. To my understanding Aia Piccola, offers the best panoramic views of the Trulli Village of Monti, and is far less crowded and more residential on the left side of Via Indipendenza. Also on the Aia Piccola district, you will find the Trullo Sovrano, a 18th-century only two-floor trullo, built by a wealthy priest’s family.
Alberobello is located in the so called, Valle D’Itria, a countryside populated throughout the whole year, characterized by “Trulli” and dry stonewalls that surround vineyards and olive groves as far as the eye can see. For those of you interested on speeding the night, experiencing life in a Trullo, you should try Le Alcove Luxury Resort nei Trulli. Rooms for EUR 150 on.CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends
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