Sleeping in a Trullo in Alberobello

I went through some old photos and realized how many things I saw and did in the last months but never had the time or inspiration to share with you.

One of these things is my visit to Alberobello, a little town in the Southern Italy region of Apulia (Puglia in Italian). As an Italian I am not too fascinated by the famous landmarks we have, but Alberobello is one of those places I wanted to see since I was a child.

Trulli of Alberobello b/w

Trulli of Alberobello b/w

I found myself dreaming of buying a Trullo more than once. Unfortunately nowadays this has become a real business so I guess it would be a little bit out of my budget.

What is a Trullo?

A Trullo is a typical house with a cone-shaped roof built in stones of the Alberobello area in Apulia, Italy. These constructions were built from the 11th to the 19th century, and are now a UNESCO heritage so I assume I was not the only one who noticed how beautiful they are… :)

Originally, Trulli were built this way as it was quick to build and destroy them, in order not to pay tax. Italians have always been smart, I tell you.

Luckily, not all of them were destroyed. I can’t tell you how excited I was when I first saw the view over Alberobello from a distance, and all those beautiful cones so close to each other. I didn’t imagine they were so many!

A view over the Trulli of Alberobello

A view over the Trulli of Alberobello

Of course I wanted to sleep in a Trullo. Nothing could stop me from wanting it! I found a cheap-ish hotel for 50€/night, but when I went upstairs to see the room I felt so sad. WTF, I thought. I am in Alberobello and I will sleep in a Trullo!

I had no reservation or anything, and all I did was stopping the first woman I saw on the street and asking her if she knew about any Trullo for rent. It turned out the Trullo next to her one (she actually lived in one!) was available for the night, so she gave me the contact of the owner and minutes later here I was, in my private Trullo!

Inside the Trullo

Inside the Trullo

My accommodation was actually formed by 4 Trulli joined together. So the roof had 4 cones: one in the living room, one in the kitchen, one in the bedroom and one in the bathroom!

The cone shaped roof as seen from inside the Trullo

The cone shaped roof as seen from inside the Trullo

It was a pity that I could only spend one night there. Next time I go, I will make sure I spend more days in a Trullo, to see how it feels like to live in one… for me, it almost felt like being a smurf. In a good way of course! I was like a happy child jumping up and down the Trullo, because for me it was a dream coming true. All this for just 80€/night – a fair price for a dream!

The Trullo I got was pretty modern and well refurbished, with air conditioned and newly painted walls, but I would also like a smaller one with more authentic features such as exposed stone walls etc.

Another reason why I have to go back and stay in a Trullo again (who’s coming with me?) is that I didn’t spend too much time in it, as I wanted to explore the village as well, so I ended up leaving my stuff in the Trullo and going out, only to come back to sleep.

Alberobello is so beautiful. If I really have to say something negative, it would be that when I went it was too hot as it was august, and too crowded to. This made me very nervous especially because with all those people around it was very hard to take photos, and also the sun made me feel very weak. But now that I look back at the photos I only recall the good memories. It was still worth going and I am so happy I did!

On the way to Alberobello center

On the way to Alberobello center

The first Trullo I saw on the way to the center... and I was in love

The first Trullo I saw on the way to the center… and suddenly I was in love

Alberobello is not a big town, but there is a modern side where not all the buildings are Trullo-shaped. One of these few was the one I slept in, but I doubt it’s possible to rent the ones in the center if not with a tour operator. I saw many “Trullo Accommodation” agencies around, but the prices were much higher.

So my tip for sleeping in a Trullo is… ask a local!

Some of the roofs have symbols on them, which I found really beautiful. I love symbols, so this made the Trulli even more interesting for me. I found out that they all have an exact meaning, either religious or magic.

Symbols on Alberobello Trulli roofs

Symbols on Alberobello Trulli roofs

Symbols on Alberobello Trulli roofs

Symbols on Alberobello Trulli roofs

Symbols on Alberobello Trulli roofs

Symbols on Alberobello Trulli roofs

How fascinating is that?

I have some more photos to share with you, and I hope you all enjoy the tour.

A road in Alberobello

A road in Alberobello

A Trullo with drying laundry... I found this very poetic

A Trullo with drying laundry… I found this very poetic

Another relaxing view of a Trullo in Alberobello

Another lovely view of a Trullo in Alberobello

Trulli roofs with beautiful flowers

Trulli roofs with beautiful flowers

 And finally here is me showing some love to the Trulli!

Me flirting with a Trullo/1

Me flirting with a Trullo/1

Me flirting with a Trullo/2

Me flirting with a Trullo/2

 Looking back at these photo brought a big smile to my face. This was one of the rare times that I visited a place in Italy and I felt like I was in a really unique place. It looked like another world! 

Who loves the Trulli? Did you hear about them before? But most of all… Who’s coming with me next time?

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19 Responses to Sleeping in a Trullo in Alberobello

  1. Mina Mahrous says:

    I really liked those! If I’m in Italy I’ll definitely try to spend a couple of days in those! :D Or maybe I’ll join you if I was there at the same time! :D

  2. Ayngelina says:

    I stayed in something like this with the Hare Krishna in Peru, they called them trulys so they must be relatives :)

  3. Michael says:

    I really liked your post! I’ll be pinning it on my pinterest!

  4. akshaye says:

    Hey..Sleeping in those trullo must be awesome experience,am sure….i wish i can come next time…lol….i know only one “Trulli” – who is Italian F1 driver…i hope he is not connected with this….lol…

  5. Krizzy says:

    This is the first time that I heard about Trullo and I think I am in love at first sight with it. They look so unique and gorgeous for me like the one you stayed in. I thought it looks weird on the inside but it is not. Now, seeing and staying inside a Trullo is added on my dream list. Thanks to you! :)

  6. Lacey12 says:

    Wow! That is really a lovely place, I know that you have found the real mean of peace when you are there… Thanks for bringing us in that beautiful and fascinating place…

  7. ShirleyFai says:

    These are awesome places! You even got the nice shots here…I have never heard about Trullo and I think this is a perfect place to spend holidays…

  8. AizaMarie says:

    I really love the last photo you have posted here…It feels really relaxing and I hope I can visit this kind of place with my husband…

  9. Julie says:

    Wow! That must be such a wonderful place! I wish I ever had the chance to get there… Those white walls with that beautiful blue sky…simple and beautiful. I love it.

  10. Rosalie says:

    Looks really a nice place and perfect to spend a vacation with closest friends…Thank you for this one!

  11. Cley says:

    wow! this so great and i love it.
    thanks for sharing those pictures.
    I wish I can travel too.

  12. This place is absolutely gorgeous!!

    And the weather.. wow. Definitely another place to add to ‘the list’ :-)


  13. Leslie42 says:

    Consider as a small town but full of beautiful scenery, it’s nice to explore in that lovely place and how relaxation alone…

  14. Lisa Volter says:

    This looks so cool and I really feel your feelings toward trullo. I mean you really love it. Want to try to visit there too. Someday. Thanks for the share.

  15. Colin says:

    The houses look odd for me. Even the interiors kinda creep me out, I don’t know why. But hey, I think it’s worth a shot.

  16. Ceri says:

    Me! Me! I’ll come. Hehe. It looks fabulous and really different.

  17. Nice,something worth to visit. Just want to know how it feels in a trullo. :D

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  19. Ciao Giulia,
    thanks for your post… your photos look stunning and you had a quite unique skill in taking shots of the lovely streets. BTW “A Trullo with drying laundry” is our favourite one!
    Puglia is wonderful, there are so many amazing cities to see!
    Aria Luxury Apulia

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