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Trulli of Alberobello in Italy

One of Italy's best-kept tourist secrets

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Trulli of Alberobello
Trulli of Alberobello
Trulli of Alberobello
Trulli of Alberobello
Trulli of Alberobello

Even if you've seen the Colosseum and the Pisa Tower, Italy has still got some hidden gems to surprise you. One of them is the small village of Alberobello in Puglia. It has only 11,000 inhabitants and is famous because of its unique architecture.

The houses in this village were built using an ancient dry stone masonry technique. They are called 'trulli' and somehow remind the hobbit houses from "The Lord of the Rings" movie. The trulli aren't very comfortable to live in because of poor heating and daylight, but locals still live in them. Moreover, the trulli are listed as a UNESCO site.

Moreover, some of the trulli are hotels or B&Bs so you can try what it's like to live in one. Alberobello is really a hidden treasure so you shouldn't be concerned about the crowds. In fact, it's still a quiet and authentic village, where while strolling around you can see locals hanging their clothes to dry or doing other housework.

Practical info

What is the peak tourist season in Alberobello?

The summer season is considered the peak tourist season in Alberobello when the city experiences a surge in the number of visitors. However, it is advisable to avoid the peak season and visit Alberobello in the spring or autumn when there are fewer tourists, pleasant weather and reasonable prices. Winter is also not a recommended season to visit due to the cold and rainy weather. Show more

Are there accommodations available in the trulli houses?

The trulli houses are available to stay as guesthouses or hotels while exploring Alberobello and surrounding areas. Luxurious accommodations include Trullidea, Trulli Resort Monte Pasubio, and Trulli e Puglia Resort. Authentic experiences can be found at B&Bs such as Trulli del Bosco and Trulli Gallo Rosso. It is highly recommended to book accommodations in advance, especially during the peak seasons to avoid disappointment. Show more

What is the construction technique that was used to build trulli houses?

The ancient dry stone masonry technique was used to build trulli houses, which involves the use of stones without the application of mortar. The stones are cut into an octagonal shape to ensure stacking stability without falling. The conical shape of the trullo roof is constructed using limestone slabs, enabling the collection of rainwater for the house's use. The unique construction technique used is material-driven resulting in cold houses in the winter season due to the lack of insulating materials. Show more

What are some other tourist destinations with unique architecture in Puglia?

Puglia has several destinations with unique and stylish architectures, including Bari Vecchia Old town, a maze of narrow streets and ancient architecture. Ostuni, a little hilltop town, is also known as a white city with entirely whitewashed buildings. A baroque-style town, Lecce is also a must-visit destination that is known as the 'Florence of the South'. Visitors enjoy visiting the luxurious converted farmhouses called 'masserie' into hotels, which Puglia is famous for. Show more

What is the local culture like in Alberobello?

Alberobello, a picturesque small village, is known for its unique and traditional local culture. The locals are deeply rooted in their traditions, customs and dressed in the local dialect. The village is well-known for wine production of Primitivo di Gioia del Colle and olive oil. It is common for visitors to be welcomed into the local's homes for a meal or a drink as the locals are generally more friendly and hospitable. Show more

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