Visiting Alberobello, in the Puglia region, is like travelling to a timeless town. Famous for its peculiar huts called trulli, Alberobello has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1996.
The city of trulli
If you are vacationing in Puglia, Alberobello absolutely deserves a visit. It is an original and picturesque town, one of a kind in the world. The historic centre is entirely made up of trulli, which are dry stone huts with conical roofs embellished with decorative pinnacles of various shapes.
Origins of the trullo
The name trullo comes from the Ancient Greek word for “dome”. The history of these huts dates back to the 15th century, when a decree of the reigning Kingdom of Naples taxed all new urban settlements. The Earls of Conversano, who owned the land where Alberobello stands today, thus ordered their farmers to build dry stone houses, making them look like temporary and easy-to-demolish constructions, which could not be taxed.
Emotions of staying in a trullo
Far from being temporary, trulli are actually incredibly stable and are still used today as homes and vacation lodging. Staying in a trullo is a unique experience that everyone should try once in their lives! Trulli take on a circular plan, and the thickness of the walls makes them warm in the winter and cool in the summer.
What to eat and drink?
Along the cobblestone alleys, between the trulli, you’ll find cozy shops where to buy souvenirs to bring home for family and friends, and typical restaurants where you can try the best Apulian food: capocollo ham of Martina Franca, the unbeatable orecchiette, burrata cheese, and horsemeat chops. And do not forget the wine! We suggest the fine Primitivo wine from Tormaresca winery.