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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
How fascinating is that?
I have some more photos to share with you, and I hope you all enjoy the tour.
And finally here is me showing some love to the Trulli!
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?