Alberobello and its trulli charming experience
The trulli are limestone dwellings found in the southern most region of mainland Italy. This remarkable, prehistoric building technique is still used to this date, designating this uncommon find a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1996. Alberobello is described as a white-washed village serenaded amongst white cylindrical buildings with conical stone roofs. It was truly a magical experience to walk through this fairytale-like village, as there is nothing else like it in the world.
These impressive and unique structures are largely present in the Valley of Itria. Trullis can also be found in the provinces of Brindisi, Bari and Taranto; but the best example of this architecture is in inland Alberobello. For its close proximity to other key sights in the northern part of Puglia, and the dozens of historic sites with guided outlines about these discoveries, it has been bringing the masses for ages. It is said that these archaeological finds, that is, the first trulli settlements, date as far back as the Bronze Age, while the trulli still particular today go back to the year 1350; with the aged structures being taken down and reconstructed from scratch.
Besides the beautiful limestone dwellings, Alberobello ranks high on the tourist's bucket list for the olive groves that serenade the surrounding country side, the uniquely trullo formed Church of Sant Antonio and it is not far from the Adriatic coast. Being a magnet for tourists, we felt the need to explore the village and everything else about it with Ad Pugliam. Our tour guide Augusto was interactive, engaging and knowledgable about the region in which he grew up in. Some of the places we saw whilst in Alberobello are Monti, a district consisting of the famous 'trulli siamesi', characterised by a double facade, a double pinnacle and no windows and the stunning Aja Piccola, a borgo made up of pretty little streets and alleyways.
For good coffee we went to Caffe Leccesse, one of the finest coffees in the area. There is a little local shop called Il Ricardino where they have wine tastings for 1€ a cup. You will meet the admirable owner Georgina, who has owned the place for over 50 years and will likely have a chat with you. Be sure to enjoy Puglia and immerse yourself in one of Italy's most cultural footprints.