When I traveled to Alberobello in Puglia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, I was immediately enchanted by trulli that are scattered all over town. Trulli (plural of trullo) are little stone houses with unique conical roofs. They are tiny, white and look like they were plucked straight from a fairytale.
Havens for Hobbits. Lairs of Lilliputians. And it just so happens, you could also stay in a trullo.
From the top of the old town, you can see the jumble of trulli rooftops
Though they are similar, they aren’t identical. I enjoyed strolling through town, admiring each one. Some are smaller, some larger. Each has a different type of door, some are adorned with flowers, others are rather unremarkable.
The cone-shaped roofs are actually stacked, but not cemented together. According to legend, these were designed purposefully to be taken apart at a moments notice, so that when the King came to town, the roof could be dismantled quickly, to avoid a tax inspection. Clever, very clever.
Come along for a stroll, I’ll show you some of my favorite trulli photos from Alberobello
I loved this one with the fruit tree that frames the entrance.
The trained and trellised ivy looks graceful climbing up this facade.
This stark white and weathered trulli looks like it needs some tender loving care.
This owner used pine trees to dress theirs up. The iron exterior lamp centered over the front door, draws your eye up.
You can see the textures of actual stone in this facade. The rustic wooden door with striped green curtains are homey.
A row of trulli along Alberobello’s main street are filled with tourist shops. Check out the pagan symbols painted on each rooftop.
The greenery spilling out of the tiny window must be their version of a window box.
This is the most charming entranceway, the only one I saw with a garden gate.
This close-up is perhaps my favorite. The cloud looks like smoke trailing from the roof and the wild pink roses pop against the white.
What do you think of the trulli? Would you stay in one, or just admire them from afar?
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