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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).

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    Trulli zone

    by shavy Updated Aug 1, 2015

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    The village of Alberobello is called (capital of trulli) given the large concentration of these artifacts in the given area. The historical importance of Alberobello and its trulli is demonstrated by the fact that the area was named a World Heritage Site by Unesco. It is the trulli of Alberobello, declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1996.

    In some tourist areas and close to the larger cities you can find the trulli but are not original. Puglia is famous for its striking Trulli, the first dating from the 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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 Updated Aug 1, 2015

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    The church is located near our hotel, our first monumental visit in the center. It was closed, we didn't see the interior. It has the neoclassical facade, with sculptures in ductile local limestone variously carved and worked and mullioned windows

    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

    It is accessed with two sets of steps through the portal of the beatitudes, a bronze work of 1975 the maestro Adolfo Rollo whose panels are reminiscent of the Christian life according to the Gospel. The frame of the vault is supported by two smooth columns with capitals of composite style.

    Two towers to overlapping cells, which receive one a watch and the other a sundial, are placed two stone statues of Saints Peter and Paul. At the entrance of the shrine on the right there is a bust of Pope Paul II.

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    The Trullo Sovereign

    by shavy Updated Aug 1, 2015

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    In this urban area people still living in this trulli houses some of them are open for visitors they collect 1.50 euro entrance fee. As we can see the trulli built in the first half of the eighteenth century. Over the century immense structure of trullo sovereign is well as being used as a private residence. It has also hosted two important moments in the history of the country.

    The facade of the trullo is surrounded entirely by a pediment framing three windows and the main entrance. The central window at the top has side holes that were used to pass the barrels of firearms in case of defense, but they also served to make an arcane to store grain on the top floor in a manhole.

    The bezel that is painted under the arch of the entrance door offers a tempering of the twentieth century with the image of Marie to Calvary.The entrance is preceded by a brick fence that delimits the area.

    The interior is divided into several small rooms, as many as 12 trulli, which are organized around the central space of the dome sovereign. This is supported by the lower dome made from a pavilion vault and four massive arches on which dominates the cupola.

    In the very thick walls lie cabinets, cupboards, a brick staircase of 23 stone steps giving access to the upper floor and even between the first and the second floor has been possible to derive a trap door that was used as a hiding place during the period of banditry or grain silos. For its architectural uniqueness of the building from 1930 is declared National Monument

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    Strolling around and see some of the trulli house

    by shavy Updated Aug 1, 2015

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    The trulli houses are only to see in the south of Italy. I know before taking this trip that I could see some of them here. Without any doubts, I'm sure that this is different part than other places in Italy. A popular attraction in Puglia its trulli, unique houses with conical roofs.

    The trulli, a fairytale, whitewashed house with pitched roof adorned with magical characters looks like a dream. One of the highlights of your visit to Puglia, the trulli of Alberobello and surroundings

    You can obviously see they are not all as there are more than a thousand of this houses. 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

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    Trullo church of St.Anthony

    by shavy Updated Aug 1, 2015

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    The town of Alberobello is small and walkable, pedestrianized which made for everyone's easy to walk around without disturbed by motorist

    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 special a simple altar. I was more impressed from the outside

    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

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    Wandering at night

    by shavy Updated Aug 1, 2015

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    We visted Puglia in December during Christmas, was the best time in my opinion. The temperature in the south is mild. Christmas decorations everywhere. The old town is really nice to wander in the evening where lighted with Christmas lights.

    As we noticed December is less outsider, a lot of Italians during the season. Probably a place for locals to spent a holiday season

    Strolled at night where all those gift shops opened in late hour. Daytime or evening are for me the same. A pretty place to stroll around. The night time is more romantic, when the trulli houses are lighted with dim lights. The temperature at night can be a cooler than in daytime. So packed yourself with warm jacket and glove.

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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.

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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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