Alberobello

During your trip to Puglia have you planned a stop in the capital of the Trulli and are you wondering what to see in Alberobello?
Then this is the article for you because, besides revealing the main attractions of Alberobello, we will also tell you curiosities and secrets about this enchanting village.

Let’s face it: a trip to Puglia cannot be considered such without a visit, even short, of Alberobello. We don’t write this because Alberobello is where we have our office, we’re not that vain. Alberobello is in fact recognized as one of the “most beautiful villages in Italy” and is the only village whose historic center is made up of Trulli, conical dry stone constructions that give Alberobello an absolute uniqueness.
Alberobello, in Puglia, with its Trulli is one of the 54 Italian sites included by UNESCO in the World Heritage List, it represents a unique place in the world and it is impossible not to be fascinated and struck by its scenographic impact. Walking in Alberobello’s narrow roads is like being immersed in a fairy tale, for this reason, is a place loved by everyone: adults and children.
Since 1996, UNESCO has declared Alberobello and its Trulli a World Heritage Site. Although there are Trulli in a much larger area of Puglia, Alberobello is the only town that has a historic center consisting of Trulli: you can count 1500 of them spread in all town!

 

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WHAT ARE TRULLI?

Trulli are dry stone constructions, built directly on the rock, without foundations, with roughly worked stone blocks resting on each other, without lime to fix them together and covered by a conical structure of small slabs of gray limestone.

WHY ALBEROBELLO WAS BUILT WITH TRULLI?

At the end of the XV century, Alberobello passed under the County of Conversano who required that the Trulli be erected dry according to the interlocking stone technique. The aim of the count was to be able to demolish them quickly in case of inspection by the emissaries of the Kingdom of Naples, in order to not to pay taxes on housing. So Alberobello was an abusive village until 1797 when the 3500 inhabitants rebelled against the feudal yoke.

The symbols on Trulli’s cones have always aroused great curiosity. They are hand-drawn and with lime. They have different origins and inspiration: Judaism, zodiacal and astral elements, Christianity, paganism.

 

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