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The southern Italian town of Alberobello is far from the tourist trail, but those that do make it there are in for a treat. Since 2006 the town has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, attracting a growing number of visitors. Alberobello is famed for its gnome-like houses known as trulli. There are…
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THERE WAS A TIME WHEN DOUBLE GARAGES, hardwood floors, and granite countertops were not the priority of homeowners. What they really needed was a place to gather, eat, and sleep with a solid roof over their head to keep the weather at bay and walls to keep dangerous animals out. But although their needs were simple and their tools limited, men and women built traditional houses with beautiful aesthetics in mind. From round structures to odd roofs, here seven of the coolest-looking traditional houses from around the world.
1. Trulli, Italy
You’ll need to travel to the heel of the Italian boot to get to see these strange-looking houses. More specifically, the town of Alberobello (a UNESCO World Heritage site) in the region of Puglia is the spot to hit to see a large number of well-preserved trulli, some of them dating back to the 14th century.
The inhabitants of this region of Italy used what was available to them at the time to build these unusual homes.
Read more from source: 7 of the coolest-looking traditional houses around the world
Where to Stay in Trulli
Here’s where to stay in Trulli, the unique conical structures found around Alberobello, Italy. The trulli zone of Alberobello is a UNESCO World Heritage site and a fascinating place to visit. For more about trulli (singular trullo) and Alberobello, see Alberobello Trulli Pictures. The location of the trulli valley around Alberobello is shaded on our Puglia Map.
By clicking on a link, you’ll be taken to the hotel page on TripAdvisor where you can find the best price for your dates and book your stay.
Note: Trulli have been modernized but are generally fairly small inside so don’t expect spacious living quarters.
01of 07 Grand Hotel La Chiusa di Chietri
Grand Hotel La Chiusa di Chietri is about 4 km outside Alberobello. It’s a large hotel with beautiful grounds, swimming pool, and a trulli village where you can stay in a trullo (be sure to book a trullo as the hotel itself has regular rooms). The hotel has a restaurant and parking lot. I stayed in one of the trulli and it was nicely restored and quiet.
02of 07 Trulli Holiday
Read more from source: 7 Trulli Hotels: Unusual Places to Stay in Puglia
Puglia is a region that occupies the ‘heel’ of southern Italy and is home to historic towns (many of which have histories that go back thousands of years), diverse landscapes, excellent food and some of the best beaches in southern Italy. The main entry points for most international visitors are Bari and Brindisi (both have airports and ports with international connections). From here, many adventures await for those who want to explore this diverse region. I’ve visited Puglia several times and explored the length and breadth of the region. Based on these trips, I’ve compiled this guide featuring the best places to visit in Puglia. These places can be visited on a comfortable 15-day self-drive itinerary or you can choose to focus on just 1-2 areas in a shorter space of time.
The Ultimate Guide to the Best of Puglia
Bari, the capital of Puglia, can trace its roots back more than 2,000 years when it was founded by the Peucetii tribe.
Read more from source: Guide to the best places to visit in Puglia on a self-drive itinerary
There are no famous historical figures to discover in the Valle d’Itria in Italy’s central Puglia, no city of note with theaters and great cathedrals. Instead, it’s a quiet place of rolling green hills, meandering country roads, endless stone walls, earthy food and wine.
But there is one magical, must-see attraction: stone cottages with conical roofs called trulli, grouped together in the town of Alberobello, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
At its heart, a trullo is a simple farm building, a heap of field stones piled on top of each other, topped with a stone cone roof, called the candela. The structures have a fairytale quality to them, often enhanced by mystical symbols painted on the candelas that scholars trace to Jewish, Christian and pagan origins. Decorative pinnacles cap the roofs, shaped like spheres, disks, stars and crosses.
Nicola Loperfido, a 36-year-old craftsman, was making replicas of trulli in his workshop as he tried to explain their appeal. The circular shape evokes the cycles of life and seasons for a farmer.
Read more from source: Farms, food and magical stone cottages in Italy’s Puglia
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Small group Trip of Alberobello by Segway, e-bike or golf cart, with Cooking class
Take the chance to discover the secrets of our renowned Apulian cuisine by participating in one ofcooking class in a trullo. In addition, you will be given a brief guided tour of the historical Alberobello, its folk traditions, and the unique trulli construction methods.
PRIVATE TRIP OF ALBEROBELLO BY SEGWAY, E-BIKE OR GOLF CART, WITH COOKING CLASS HIGHLIGHTS:
- Discover the UNESCO World Heritage Trulli buildings in the small Alberobello village
- Capture the panoramic view of the Puglia region in South of Italy
- An entertaining guided tour with an e-bike or a mini Golf Cart with safety equipment
- Learn how to cook the ancient Apulian famous cuisines in a trullo
- Enjoy the end results of the cooking lessons
An arranged 2-hour private tour of the historical Alberobello town in the Apulian region with a fully qualified tour guide, where you will be equipped with tour audio system and headphones as well as some safety equipment’s as you take an e-bike, Segway or a mini Gold Cart for a spin. You will be visiting a church and learn the construction methods of a trulli building. At the end of the brief tour, you will join a cookery class in a trullo to discover the secrets of our renowned Apulian cuisines.
Read more from source: Private Tour of Alberobello by Segway, e-bike or golf cart, with Cooking Lesson
From the tip of Italy’s heel to the ravines at the instep, from towns on the Adriatic Sea to a port in the Gulf of Taranto, 9 towns in Puglia for archaeology and history.
Puglia stretches from the spur to the heel of the Italian boot, or from the Gargano promontory to the Salento peninsular. With its strategic location on the Adriatic and Ionian Seas the area has seen many people come and go. And for this reason it is perhaps not surprising some suggest this is the most archaeologically and historically diverse region in Italy. A diversity that can be encountered at sites and attractions in many of the towns and cities today.
For anyone considering a trip with a particular interest in the history and culture of the region, these are the nine towns at the top of my list of places to visit in Puglia. In alphabetical order.
My choice of top towns to visit in Puglia is certainly subjective, and draws only on places I have actually visited myself.
A trullo (plural trulli) is a traditional, stone dwelling which can be found in Puglia in southern Italy.
Puglia is a long, narrow region in Italy, which reaches from north of the hilly Gargano peninsula all the way down to the ‘stiletto heel’ of Italy’s iconic boot-shape. This includes the Salento, famous for its stunning beaches, which comprises most of the ‘stiletto’ beginning around Ostuni to the east and Taranto to the west. Not much more than 50kms wide, this pretty peninsula is flat and covered in olive groves, ending where the Adriatic and Ionian seas meet at Santa Maria di Leuca.
North of the Salento peninsula is the tranquil Itrian Valley, situated on a limestone plateau known as the Murgia. The main towns of the Itrian Valley are Cisternino, Alberobello, Locorotondo, Ostuni, Martina Franca and Ceglie Messapica.
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From the recent series of building collapses and tilts, it is clear that Mumbai doesn’t care about its ageing buildings, and ground reality shows that that includes our crumbling heritage structures.
While Flora Fountain, Cama Building and the Mulji Jetha Fountain got a much-needed fresh lease of life in 2016-17 (after how many decades of lying decrepit is a conversation for another time), there are many more in desperate need of restoration of their earlier shining glory. Work on Crawford Market and Town Hall has started, and we can just hope it doesn’t drag on for years.
These two, however, are among the lucky few, as several other dilapidated ones are desperately waiting for attention.