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Alberobello Italy - Trulli Trulli Scrumptious

Updated on September 20, 2017
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A passionate traveler Suzanne has spent time in different Regions of italy particularly Puglia in Southern italy and is studying Italian.

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Trulli of Alberobello

My first sight of The Rione Monti
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The Magic of Alberobello

Arriving in Alberobello for the first time, I half expected these Trulli I had been told to “definitely not miss”, would just magically appear as I was trying to navigate the tiny streets heading in the direction of the town centre. Suddenly I spied a sign saying “ Zona dei Trulli”, which I took to mean Trulli zone so now I just had to park and get in the zone!

Alberobello is a pretty town situated high up overlooking the Adriatic Sea. Once an area full of oak forests, it takes its name from the Latin Arboris Belli, meaning beautiful trees. Within the province of Bari in the Puglia region, it is one of Italy’s 47 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, thanks to the Trulli since 1996. Walking down a steep lane towards the old town, following the sign, the sight that hit me was like nothing I have ever seen before.

White Washed Trulli

 The Rione Aia Piccola
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Two Distinct Areas

Here lay over 1400 Trulli (plural of trullo), ancient dwellings that are unique to this Region of Italy, found only in Puglia. With their unusual pointed conical roofs with white tips and each one having a different marking painted in white, what came to mind was Noddy meets the seven dwarfs meets Lord of the Rings!!! Shaped like a beehive these dwellings are all condensed side by side in an area of cobblestone streets. It is made up of two areas, The Rione Monti and The Rione Aia Piccola. The Rione Monti is home to over 1,000 Trulli which today are mostly souvenir shops and Bars/Restaurants. The Rione Aia Piccola comprises of approximately 400 Trulli which are mostly private homes. When planning your Itinery for Puglia, a day trip at least is a must as you will not see the like again!

How The Trulli Evolved

Alberobello was the first place to have the Trulli and from here, over several hundred years they began to filter out into the local areas, notably Conversano, Martina Franca, Locorotondo and Cisternino.

Whilst Alberobello’s history can be dated back to Neolithic times, it is reported the trulli began in the prehistoric 13th century B.C, but the real bulk of the Trulli started after the 14th century

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Points Of Difference

  1. The Stone Arches – The entire structure is built of local limestone which in olden days was always irregular in size and shape. Today they are kept more uniform. The main room would have been square in shape, with arches between rooms. Arched alcoves are also a signature feature in rooms.
  2. The Conical Roof - Circles of stone are laid exactly on top of each other on top of the main structure with a slight overhang towards the inside. The structure is painted with lime but not the roof, which remains unpainted, to enable free flowing rainwater.
  3. The Chimneypots - Very Very Cute and one of a kind!
  4. The Gutters and Spout – The guttering works in conjunction with the cone facilitating rainwater to flow to an underground cistern, usually not glaringly obvious.
  5. The Flat Stone (Chianche) Roof – Used on the main structure they are a distinctive feature of Trulli.
  6. The Pinnacle – Used to hold the final layer of stones securely in place and as a decorative feature.
  7. Symbols – On the pinnacle, various symbols are painted. Taken from emblems, initials, monograms or mythical magic to link with the original primitive religious symbolism and often incorporate Zodiac signs.

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Trulli Tempting the Tourist

As you wander around “Trulli Land”, it is so unusual you are not too put off by it being full of souvenir shops selling everything you could imagine with a trulli image. Little miniature houses, magnets, wood carvings and knitwear . . . . to name a few. Situated on a hill it is best walked in flat shoes as the cobblestones are uneven and the roads steep in places. Even the cobblestones are a work of art in my opinion. Dotted amongst the shops are some restaurants and bars if you fancy taking a break. Many also have an outdoor terrace at the back which may give you an overview of the cluster and worth seeing for a different perspective. Also throughout are actual private homes and some of the owners may try to get you in to have a look around their home. For this pleasure they will probably expect a nominal few Euros.


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Trulli Everywhere

There are Trulli all over Alberobello and across all the neighbouring districts. Some are original, some a pile of stones and many have been restored to be used as homes, hotels, masserias, bed and breakfasts and rental accommodations. They are a true wonder of the Puglia Region and in particular this wonderful town of Alberobello. If you get the opportunity to stay in one, it is definitely worth it for the sheer uniqueness factor and you will not be disappointed. Trulli Trulli Scrumptious!!!


“to be protected and preserved as unique and exceptional marks of a disappeared civilization and cultural tradition, offering an example of building techniques relative to a meaningful historical moment, constituting an example of human dwelling representative of a culture”

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Location of Alberobello on the Map

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      Ayele teklemariam 4 months ago

      What a truelly beautiful world class world treasure they are worthy of protection for generations to come.

      Thank you for sharing them.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      LOL vox! Cheers, look forward to having a seasoned pros support!:-)

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      Jasmine 4 years ago

      Yeap, billybuc is great! Looking forward to reading more of your "Italy hubs" :)

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi vox vocis!

      Good to see you, don't you just love biilbuc!! lol Glad you enjoyed this journey into the land of trulli - they are "truly a very special part of the culture in Puglia. Appreciate your comments and support :-)

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      Jasmine 4 years ago

      Amazing! From now on, the Rione Monti is on my list of important places to visit. Great photos, too. I'm glad billybuc sent me here :) This way, I was able to at least imagine how it would be to visit and shop in the Trulli land :)

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi TT,

      Thanks for your support as always my friend! Glad you enjoyed these trulli - I love them and wanted to build one!

      They look great incorporated into rural homes in Puglia. On their own its mind boggling how families lived there as they are tiny but lived they did!! Appreciate your votes and sharing on this!!!!!! :-) :-)

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      Terrye Toombs 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      I love unusual and fascinating architecture and this fits that! What amazing buildings! I would love to spend at LEAST a day checking them out. Thank you for presenting this beautiful and unique hub on some amazing buildings in a must visit place! Voted up and sharing.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 5 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi ignugent17, Lovely to have you visit and comment, many thanks!! Yes Italy is a beautiful country in many many ways. This part of Italy is not as well known as the likes of Rome, Venice and Florence to name a few but so worthwhile exploring!! Delighted you enjoyed and I appreciate your votes and sharing!! :-)

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      ignugent17 5 years ago

      Very interesting hub Suzie HQ. I have heard so many beautiful things about Italy and now Trulli is included. I am glad you shared this with us. Enjoyed your pictures too. Voted up and more!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 5 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Afternoon Bill (well, it is in my neck of the woods!!), Thanks for stopping by, always great to see you! You would LOVE the trulli and when next you visit ( as I know you will!!!), this area is a must on your radar. After all you will have a personal guide to the great and off the beaten track spots, including trulli land!! Pictures do not do Alberobello justice, it is so cute and scenic. Appreciate your votes and sharing - Have an awesome day my friend :-)

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 5 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Greetings vespawoolf! The trulli are quite a sight and totally unique to the Puglia region, which makes them even more of a "must see", in my opinion! When you get back to Europe and Italy, I would recommend you stay in one! Thanks so much for your continued support and energy, I always look forward to your comments and your hubs!!

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      Bill De Giulio 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Susiz. Don't know how on earth I missed this one. I have seen pictures of Trulli and thought that it would be great to visit someday. This hub and your pictures are just amazing. What a unique place! As usual a great job. Voting up, sharing, etc. Have a great day.

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      vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

      Wow, your photos are just gorgeous! The little houses are so adorable. It makes me want to hop on a plane right now. And I always enjoy your writing. I'll have to add this to my list of places to see next time we visit Europe. Voted up and shared!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 5 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Thank you My Nurse Says, glad you enjoyed this!I agree that Italy is a magical place, so much to appreciate and respect here. Hopefully you will get to visit sometime!:) Appreciate your comments!

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      My Nurse Says 5 years ago from Philippines

      This is definitely going to be added in my bucket list of places to go. Italy is, in my opinion, a magical place in its own right. It exudes that wonderful feeling of awe and down-to-earth beauty that makes the place a to-go-must. Thanks for sharing about this and i'm hoping that I will be given a chance to visit it!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 5 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Peggy, Delighted you saw a program on the trulli. Yes, they are incredibly tiny inside and for modern day living, many are extended as would not be practical. We visited many for sale also as loved the quirkiness and craftsmanship in them. Much appreciate your voting and sharing Peggy!:)

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      What a fabulous hub about such an interesting place in Italy. I actually saw a 1/2 hour segment on HGTV regarding a person wanting to buy a home in that area. So on television I got to see the unusual rooms inside of these cone shaped houses. Fantastic! They were also amazingly expensive given the size of the rooms...at least from my perspective. So glad that you wrote this hub and got to experience it for yourself. Loved the photos! Voted up, interesting, tweeted and sending to my followers as a share.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 5 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi moonlake, delighted you enjoyed and i hope you get to visit this part of Italy, it is truly very special! Appreciate your support and votes:)

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 5 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Thanks so much 2patricias, appreciate your comments and support!! Thrilled you enjoyed, having been there before and i will be setting up a link to one of your great Italian hubs to one of mine! Many thanks again 2patricias!

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      moonlake 5 years ago from America

      Very beautiful. I would love to go there. I'm putting it on my list of places I would like to visit. Voted up

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      2patricias 5 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

      Last year I stayed in Alberobello for a week. It is unlike anywhere else I have been. It is a good base for visiting other places in Puglia, and a joy to come back to every evening.

      I've tweeted and shared this hub - now I'm about to set up a link from one of our "Italian" hubs.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 5 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi sgbrown,thank you for your wonderful comments! The colors of the flowers really stand out with the white limestone, and are my favourite photos.To have seen Alberobello is a privilege i am grateful for! Thanks for your votes and sharing:)

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      Sheila Brown 5 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      This is a wonderful hub! You pictures are beautiful and your descriptions are excellent too. I love the conical roofs and all the flowers. This is a truly beautiful place. You are so lucky to have traveled here. Many votes and sharing on my blog. Have a wonderful day! :)

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 5 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Sandy! Thanks so much!! Got to get you over to Italy, you will love it! appreciate your comments my friend!

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      Sandy Overend 5 years ago

      Hi, what a fasinating place, love your photos. Italy still on my "to do" list.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 5 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Tina, delighted you enjoyed this on the trulli. The entire region has them dotted around the landscape and are quite a sight, when you consider large Italian families may have lived in them as they look tiny. Alberobello is amazing and a must if you get this way!! Appreciate your support and comments Tina:)

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      Christina Lornemark 5 years ago from Sweden

      Thanks for this interesting virtual trip to a wonderful place in Italy! This place looks fantastic and I would really like to visit and see this one day! Voted up, interesting

      Tina

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 5 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      A geography teacher, my favorite subject in school!! LOL Maybe Italy will be your first adventure abroad biiybuc, no better place to choose! Appreciate your friendship and comments always, thanks again!!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I have never traveled abroad and I have to tell you, this is amazing! I have never heard of this place and I taught Geography in school. LOL What a fantastic town and your pictures are superb. Thank you for sharing this with a traveler-wannabe! Great hub!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 5 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Appreciate your support and comments Gordon! I see you are in Scotland, land of my ancestors! Hope you get to travel to Southern Italy, as a food writer you would love the cuisine. Very earthy, rustic and super tasty!

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      Gordon Hamilton 5 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom

      What a fabulous, beautiful and informative Hub. Two of my biggest loves are food and travel and for a number of years now, I have wanted to explore rural Italy, see the sights and sample the magnificent Mediterranean cuisine first hand. I'm determined I will do it and this Hub just reinforces my determination.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 5 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Glad you enjoyed this sandrabusby, appreciate it from one who loves Italy also!

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      Sandra Busby 5 years ago from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA

      Enjoyed your hub and pics. Italy is truly one of my favorites, too.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 5 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi mechshier, it has so much character and wandering through you do feel you have stepped back in time! Cheers for your comments!

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      mecheshier 5 years ago

      Yes, it really looks like a beautiful place. And the architecture is simply amazing.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 5 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Cheers Crystal Tatum! It is quite a sight, and so cute! I love the original stone and arches inside. The workmanship is a true craft to be admired. Thanks again for your comments!!

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      Crystal Tatum 5 years ago from Georgia

      Looks like a little piece of heaven on earth - I'm adding this to my destination wish list!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 5 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi mecheshier, Delighted you enjoyed the pics and article,there are so many trulli here it is really quite a sight and so special. Appreciate you commenting and voting!!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 5 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Thanks RTalloni, The trulli are amazing and inside them is definitely worth experiencing! Very deceptive as walls can be 2ft thick there!!Great to stay in one as they are so unique in the world.Thanks again, I appreciate it!

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      mecheshier 5 years ago

      Beautiful Hub. Fantastic pics and info. Thanks for sharing. Voted up on awesome.

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      Thanks so much for highlighting Zona dei Trulli in this hub--so interesting. I would gladly pay a few euros to have a look around one of the homes and talk with the residents!