The best part about Alberobello is that the town of trulli is closeknit, and a little walk up one hill and down another will give you a couple of hours of enjoyment. The people of the town are truly, no pun intended, excited to meet you. They will invite you into their homes. The homes are fast becoming tourist shops due to the new rush on seeing these unique homes.
It takes maybe an hour or so to stroll around the town and investigate the trulli buildings. It is said there are over 1000 of them in Alberobello. Some have been converted into souvenir stores, restaurants, and hotel rooms.
Be sure to go into a trullo. We were part of a tour and of course that was included. I am sure that "open visits" are suggested by the tourist office or perhaps there are signs or just ask (the people are shy but friendly and you can look the Italian words up in your dictionary). You could describe the spaces as comfy or tight. Nobody looked very overweight.
As one approaches Alberobello by car, the trulli appear. Outside of town they are usually a tool-shed or outbuilding. In town there are over 1000 ,usually used as dwellings. They are round or rectangular at the base and made of whitewashed (always!) blocks of stone (usually limestone with or without limestone mortar bonding). The magical characterisitic is the roof of flat gray limestone tiles overlapped in sprial courses to produce a conical top.At the top are pinnacles (and rarely chimneys) bearing religious , mystical or folk symbols.(VTer sim1 has has a display of a dozen under Customs). Some trulli are multiple. Many have extending wings or niches that are bed alcoves or hold cupboards. The town hall is a two story one(Trullo Sovrano) and there is a modern church in "Trullo style" (San Antonio). Some large trulli have attics, others cover cellars. The windows are very small and the stone walls are extremely thick (often over 3 ft.) One should plan to eat lunch in a trullo-restaurant. The town is very photogenic and other VTers have recorded enough before me. There is still time to add your own. (This is not Venice or Rome).
Another of those door in Alberobello. It's actually quite hard to make pictures of the doors, because most of them were open on this beautiful sunny day. So I wonder if this is a door to a house, or more likely to some kind of storage space.
While in Italy, I had a fascination with doors. And you can find door pictures on quite a few of my Italy pages, and even a whole selection of doors and door knockers on my Europe page.
This is a door picture that I took in Alberobello. I Didn't find any spectacular doors with doorknockers here in Alberobello, most of them were simple. Hahaha, I have to admit that this one is very simple!
A quiet little corner in Alberobello. There is one main street through Alberobello, which is 'relatively' busy. But when you get to the sidestreets you'll notice that it is much more quiet here.
Seldom do you see just one lonely "trullo" by itself. (When you have more than one "trullo" they are called "trulli"). As a family grows so does their tiny one room house. A new "trullo" is nestled right up beside the first one, naturally, with an opening made in their common wall to connect the two. Later, if the family wants even more room, it's simple, just add another one, then another, each with its very own pointy headed roof. Some have also added lofts under their roofs.
Walking through Alberobello, with my camera in my hand. Alberobello is so picturesque that I made lots of pictures here. Hahaha, as you will discover later, the roofs were my favourite part of the trulli :-)
Quite a few trulli have been turned into small shops for the tourist trade. It's nice to go inside a few of them as you get a chance to see the trulli on the inside as well. There are of course the usual souvenir shops, but there are a lot of little shops that display the handicrafts of the local artisans. Others offer the wines, jams and all kinds of foods that are specialties of the region.
This old man was standing in his doorway, looking curiously at me and giving me a smile.
The people in Alberobello are very nice. This man reminds me of a man I met earlier on in the day. He was having a little atelier with paintings, and I took a look there. He started to talk to me, but unfortunately he didn't speak that well English. Hahaha, and my Italian isn't very good, so you can understand that communicating was quite difficult ;-)
But the old man was very patient and with a mixture of English and Italian, he started to explain to me the story of the trulli. I was fascinated by it. He told me how the trulli were build and explained that the structure made sure that the trulli stayed nice and cool in the summer and warm in the winter and pointed out the details of the trulli. I had a great time listening to this man with his stories. When I left his little atelier, he winked to me to come back. He gave me some postcards which had his drawings on it. I thanked him gratefully for this gesture, he was so sweet. I still have these postcards up to this day, as I have good memories of that moment in Alberobello.
And as you can see, I had the streets to myself :-) These trulli are limestone dwellings that are found in the southern region of Puglia. They are remarkable examples of drywall (mortarless) construction, a prehistoric building technique still in use in this region. The trulli are made of roughly worked limestone boulders collected from neighbouring fields. Characteristically, they feature pyramidal, domed or conical roofs built up of corbelled limestone slabs.
After having parked the car not far from this old part of Alberobello, I walked into the old city. It was late in the morning and the sun was burning hot. I was one of the few tourists walking through the streets at that time. Everyone else was more clever and waiting for the hottest part of the day to be over.
Yes, I am crazy to walk here now, I know. But this way I have the city for myself and I don't have to work my way through the heaps of tourists, which I find a great advantage.
Up the hill along the "main" street almost to the top, is the square with the church and the town hall. They are modern in creation and are in trullo-style. One passes numerous shops along the way.
The main ttraction of Alberobello is its unique architecture composed of these weirs little houses called Trulli. A couple of hours visiting the town will be quite enough.
The Trulli houses characteristically, they feature pyramidal, domed or conical roofs built up of corbelled limestone slabs.