In pictures: Puglia; Richard James Taylor; National Geographic Traveller

Italy – The Trulli of Alberobello

Puglia — the heel in Italy’s boot — is a sumptuous and unspoilt region famed for its trullo villages, dramatic caves and coastline, and baroque cities; a place where local artisans work their magic in vineyards, workshops and restaurants.

From the photographer

“I was delighted to hear I would be heading back to Italy to work on a project for the National Geographic Traveller Festival. Whilst I’ve worked in many of the North’s powerhouse cities, I’ve not had the opportunity to discover Puglia, with its reputation for being a charming and laid-back region, slightly off the beaten track.

“My first stop was a small inland town called Alberobello. It’s famous for its trulli, small dry stone buildings with conical roofs intended to keep residents cool in the hot summers, and it certainly lived up to its relaxed reputation!

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