The view from the train through the Itria Valley, in the Puglia region of Italy, was stunning, and we had plenty of time to enjoy the scenery, as trains in South are slooooooooooooow. There were the silvery olive trees everywhere and then….what was that odd little hut with a cone on top in the middle of a field? And more, over there, a smurf village? Trulli houses!
Trulli houses are limestone buildings with cone-shaped roofs, found in the Itria valley since the early 1700’s. Traditionally, they were made without mortar to avoid property taxes (they were dismantled when the tax collector came around, and reassembled once the coast was clear.)
We finally arrived in Alberobello, know as the Trulli capital for it’s 400+ trulli, and met up with a man who was renting us a Trullo for the night. “I have a leeetle surprise for you!” the man said, as he let us to our home for the night. He unlocked our trullo and swept his arm towards the surprising spacious interior: “Upgrade!” With a flourish, he turned on the electric fireplace at the foot of our bed, and left us to explore.
The Trulli of Alberobello are UNESCO protected and a tourist destination, but many of them are still lived in by families. Each home is slightly different that the next—there were even some double-decker Trulli with two floors. Ours was comfy, with a modernized bathroom, and a full kitchen where we made a pasta dinner. As someone who loves small spaces and loathes the plywood-and-drywall McMansion trend, I felt right at home sleeping in my Trullo bed’s cubby hole. The town is adorable and unique I urge you to get on a slooooooow train to visit yourself. Who knows? You may be upgraded to a trullo with an electric fireplace!
How we got to Alberobello: train from Ostuni.
Where we slept: Trulli Holiday. Price: €66 for a “upgraded!” trullo. Recommended: enthusiastically.
Self portrait in a breast-like landscape
Some of the trulli roofs had painted symbols
Home sweet trullo–can you see our famous fireplace?
Bed and window nooks