Where are these amazing houses that seem to be out from fairytale?
The trulli houses are located in Alberobello, in Puglia region, “heel of the boot” of Italy, the last unknown Paradise and for most parts still unexplored by mass tourism. Find out more about a Tour in Puglia: http://www.trullidelbosco.com/en/english-my-seven-days-in-puglia/
What is Trulli?
A “Trullo” is a strange house, due to the conical roof and cylindrical shape, built using just polished drystone. These constructions, that seem spawned from the mind of a fantasy writer, were once the typical home for peasant families in Alberobello.
How old are the trulli?
The oldest Trullo discovered yet dates back to the 16th Century, but the origin of the Trullo is far more ancient. The construction technique was already known in Ancient Greece, (check out Agamemnon’s tombstone in Tholos). It then spread to other Mediterranean countries with the passing of time, finally arriving in Apulia.
In which part of Alberobello are the trulli?
The trulli of Alberobello have been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1996. The trulli are mainly located in two parts: Rione Monti, which is the most curatas but also more touristic part of Alberobello, you will find souvenir shops and crowds of tourist, and Aia Piccola, smaller, no shops, much less people and much more authentic!
How many trulli are there?
Today, just in the centre of Alberobello, there are close to 2000 Trulli and many others are scattered among the countryside: sometimes left abandoned as fascinating ruins, of which some are transformed into wonderful holiday homes equipped with a swimming pool, like us: www.trullidelbosco.com