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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.
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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
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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.
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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.
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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.
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