Their cone-shaped roofs are covered with layered flat stones,
their spire soaring against the mostly blue skies. The walls
are normally whitewashed, but can also show the dry stones
used to create these unusual houses. The buildings can often
been found in groups of two to five or more. And finally, you
cannot help but notice the various, mostly Christian, symbols
sometimes painted on the roofs: for example, a heart pierced
with an arrow has nothing to do with love, but is the
representation of Our Lady of Sorrow, or a dove calls to mind
the Holy Spirit.
The architecture of these homes is pretty basic. The material
used is limestone, which can be found in plentiful quantity in
that region. The stones are set to create two rows in a
circular shape, to which the conical roof is then added. This
structure does not allow for multiple floors, and means that
the house will remain comfortably cool in the summer and will
be relatively easy to heat during the cold season. Corbelled
blocks on the inside, topped with a finishing stone, and slats
on the outside render the roof watertight.
Various conjectures have been uttered over the years as
explanations for such a simple way to build a house. The fact
that the construction could be dismantled quickly and without
hard work, therefore stopping inspectors from spotting it and
asking for high property tax to be paid, is the most probable.
There are several towns or villages famous for Trulli houses,
which are protected under the UNESCO World Heritage law. You
should be aware of that fact if it is in your plans to buy and
renovate such a house, as you will have to comply with many
And should you want to avoid the main, bustling tourist places
such as Alberobello, you can still find plenty of hidden gems.
Beautifully restored houses are available and will offer you a
truly relaxing, magical holiday. They offer all the modern
commodities while retaining original characteristics. You can
therefore enjoy cooking meals in a state of the art kitchen
while going to sleep in a cosy, stone alcove. Open fires are
the norm, and often an outside swimming pool has been added,
perfect for either a summer or a winter stay. You will have
the feeling of having been forgotten by the entire world, but
gorgeous beaches and restaurants offering superb food and
wines will never be far away.
Pretty heavenly region and accommodation, is it not?