Unique, quaint, charming; those are the words that come to mind when I think of Alberobello.
This town located in the hills of the province of Bari, in Puglia, is famous for its small structures known as Trulli. Trulli can be found scattered throughout the provinces of Bari, Brindisi and Taranto, however the town of Alberobello boasts a historic center like no other in all of Puglia, entirely made of these ancient architectural wonders.
Trulli are primarily constructed from limestone, abundant in the Puglia region. They are a type of dry wall construction, moarterless, and with dome tops. Originally considered to be unstable structures which could easily and quickly be dismantled, Trulli were appealing to landowners of the 15th century who wanted to evade taxes imposed by the Florentine monarchs. Because Trulli weren’t classified as permanent structures, they were not taxable, and so landowners forced peasants to live in these small dwellings.
As it turns out, Trulli are in fact incredibly long lasting and durable structures, due to their unique construction, including their domed tops. Today, the Trulli of Alberobello are used as shops, which largely cater to tourists and feature not only souvenirs, but local hand made ceramics characteristic of the Puglia region. And believe it or not, but these tiny structures are home to some 1500 residents of Alberobello.
A visit to Alberobello is a perfect day trip if you’re touring the Puglia region. You can spend the afternoon leisurely wandering through this quaint and characteristic town, checking out its local shops, and taking in its incredibly unique architecture, which I guarantee you will not find in any other historic center, not only in Puglia, but in all of Italy!
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