Last summer I went back to Alberobello in Puglia. The last time I was there I was in my teens for a family holiday; I never forgot this incredible place. If you haven’t visited then you certainly should.
Alberobello is a UNESCO World Heritage site. A town made of “trulli” the characteristic whitewashed limestone huts with conical roofs. It is like being in a nativity scene.. at least this is how I felt.
The old town has over 1,500 trulli but residents don’t usually live in them. Most of them are used as souvenir shops and holiday homes for visitors.
Originally trulli were build in order to avoid paying taxes as trulli were not considered houses as such and they could have been dismantled quite quickly. The local feudal lord known as Count Acquaviva used them to place his peasant workers in order to cultivate the land.
When we travelled around Puglia we found several trulli scattered in the countryside. These days they are used as a kind of shed among the olive groves.
The buildings have thick stone wallswhich help to regulate the internal temperature.
When you walk around the trulli you will find that the shop owners will try to entice you to come in to view their trullo. Many have a terrace where you can admire the view of the town.
We visited the Trullo Sovrano, the only trullo with two floors in the town and with a small museum inside.
There was like a little garden at the back with colourful flowers.
It was interesting to visit the kitchen (my favourite place of course!). What a contrast with these days modern kitchens!
The bedroom.. I loved the furniture, some of it resembles very much the one my grandmother used to have.
Upstairs there was also an old weaving machine
What a great place.. after having a bowl of orecchiette pasta and a nice glass of wine we headed back to our hotel.
Italy will always be my favourite place, so much to see, such a great food and welcoming people!