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The mystery is gone. The word is out. There is more to see in Italy than Rome, Florence, Venice, Tuscany, Sicily, Lake Como, Amalfi Coast. There is Puglia, and the town of Alberobello, the home of the trulli. The trulli are actually the homes of the townspeople. Now, the rest of the world is beginning to know about how these odd shaped, but artistic dwellings came to be.

As for the true origin, there are mixed reviews, with some saying 1,000's of years old and others saying around the fifteenth century, AD. In fact, the original trulli were disposable homes, yesterdays today enviornmentally perfect structures.


The buildings are so unique, with the rounded homes and cone shaped grey stone roofs that originally were stacked one stone by one, till the top cap stone was in place. The reason for this has been described as " a way to tear down if need be".

The story goes that in the middle ages, fifthteenth century, It seems as if a tax was levied on anyone who built a home on the Kings land, so to save the tax, the Trulli simply built a home out of stone that had no mortar. If the tax collector, was spotted coming to their homes on the King's land, an alarm was sounded, and presto, no homes, no tax. When the tax collector past, without collecting a tax, the trulli rebuilt.
Today, no longer the King's land, cement mortar is used to make the homes a permanent structure.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:The townspeople are so friendly
  • Cons:The townspeople are getting wise to tourists
  • In a nutshell:The emergence of the past to the present.
  • Intro Updated Jul 17, 2010
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  • crewrower's Profile Photo
    Jul 17, 2010 at 10:38 PM

    interesting looking place

  • ViajesdelMundo's Profile Photo
    Jul 26, 2009 at 7:45 PM

    OH YES! one of my favorite places!! we 'discovered' Alberobello on our 2001 trip; couldn't believe I had never heard of this area before! very, very special indeed! (my maternal great grandfather is southern Italian)

  • olja1234's Profile Photo
    Apr 25, 2008 at 7:22 AM

    Very interesting little page. Thanks for sharing.

  • iandsmith's Profile Photo
    Dec 21, 2007 at 11:44 AM

    Thought the name rang a bell. Thanks for sharing.

  • uglyscot's Profile Photo
    Sep 8, 2007 at 1:32 AM

    Fascinating, but sad the place is being spoiled by tourists.

  • ludogatto's Profile Photo
    Dec 22, 2005 at 5:52 AM

    Nice to see some us citizen go in Puglia and not only in Tuscany or Venice, Rome, Pompei!!!!!

  • hivaoa1's Profile Photo
    Dec 19, 2005 at 11:14 AM

    go to Salento, Puglie. It's such a beautiful place... food is sooooo gooooooood....


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