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    Walk the Town

    by hquittner Written Nov 4, 2005

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    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).

    Trullo-Detail of wall and roof
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    Trulli zone

    by shavy Written Jan 4, 2014

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    Puglia is also famous for its striking Trulli, the first dating from the 13th century. Trulli are only found in the area and especially in the Valley of Trulli, "Valle d'Itria" whose main place of Alberobello, where over 1500 Trulli stand.
    The beautiful and mysterious round houses with gabled roof are mainly built between 1600 and 1800. In many Trulli are now also used for fantastic holiday accommodation and some of them has been used for restaurants, cafe/bar, and shops

    The favorite place for local tourist
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    WALK THE WINDING PATHS OF TOWN

    by travelgourmet Updated Jul 17, 2010

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    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.

    WHITEWASHED AND WAITING FOR YOU
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    Enter a Trullo

    by hquittner Written Nov 4, 2005

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    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.

    A bed alcove in a trullo
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    Quiet little corner

    by sim1 Updated Jan 24, 2005

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    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.

    Trulli in Alberobello, Italy
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    Doors of Alberobello

    by sim1 Updated Jan 24, 2005

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    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!

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    Another door

    by sim1 Updated Jan 24, 2005

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    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.

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    The Basilica

    by shavy Written Jan 4, 2014

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    The church is designed by the architect Antonio Curri taken in the eighteenth century the sanctuary born on the ruins of an older church dedicated to Santa Maria delle Grazie, recalls the stylistic form of the trulli, while maintaining a Renaissance architectural imprint mold

    The facade, reached by a staircase, in neoclassical style, punctuated by columns and pilasters. In the context of the Madonna of Loreto altar flanked by the SS. Cosmas and Damian, and the relics of St. Cosmo arm and skull of S. Damian.

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    The city center

    by shavy Written Jan 4, 2014

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    In this urban area people still living in this trulli houses some of them they use their home for sightseeing with 1.50 euro entrance fee you can go inside and see how their home look from the inside
    An some of them prefer privately and you can only admired from the outside

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    Stroll through streets

    by shavy Updated Jan 4, 2014

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    A popular attraction in Puglia its trulli, unique houses with conical roofs. The town of Alberobello is full of them, and is the best place to stroll around

    Here are around 1500 trulli, which many of them are still inhabited. See the neoclassical cloister of the Basilica Minore and modern Trullo Sovrano with two floors and a fully furnished villa among the trulli

    Houses with conical roof
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    Trullo church of St.Anthony

    by shavy Written Jan 4, 2014

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    Keep walking to the end of the main road after passing through the trulli's you will arrive at the last rows of the trulli and is the trullo church
    Amazing church built in gable with a conical roof, inside was nothing so special a simple altar that's all

    On the top of the building with a form of a Greek cross you can see dome 21 meters high in the form of a trullo which integrates seamlessly with the surrounding buildings. The church was completely renovated in 2004

    Infront of the church inside the church
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    Wandering at night

    by shavy Written Jan 4, 2014

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    Visiting during Christmas in Puglia is the best time to see the town of Alberobello
    Especially in the trulli zone area

    Some of the conical roof has Christmas lights decoration it can be very cold strolling around at night but is a different views than in daytime

    Besides, we are not alone. The city center is still very busy seems like an endless place to be

    Beautiful roof with lights
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    Old man

    by sim1 Updated Jan 24, 2005

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    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.

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    Walking through Alberobello

    by sim1 Updated Jan 24, 2005

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    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.

    Walking through Alberobello

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    Trulli

    by sim1 Updated Jan 24, 2005

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    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.

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