Alberobello, The Most Picturesque Town near Bari

Trulli houses in Alberobello

You walk here between strange houses, which are hardly recognizable from each other. They are all white, have a conical roof with a white sign and look almost like small churches. But they are not. The houses here are called Trulli and can only be found in Alberobello.

Alberobello is a small town near Bari, in the southeastern part of Italy. A good number of tourists come to see this place every year. Trullo is built without mortar, from worked stones. The white colour is given to them by lime (the building material, not the fruit), which protects them from environmental influences. The original ones had only one room with a square floor plan and were only 1.5 meters high. While in the Rione Monti district, Trulli is only a tourist attraction, in those in the Piccola district, people still live.

There are about fourteen such houses in Alberobello, most of them probably dating from the 17th century and as a whole belong to the protection of UNESCO. Houses built one next to each other attract the attention not only of visitors from Europe but also from all around the world.

And why was it built without mortar? The beginnings of the town date back to the second half of the 16th century, when the construction without mortar was ordered by the then counts. At that time, a tax had to be paid for the urban agglomeration, so the houses were to be simply demolished in the event of royal inspection. It was originally a temporary structure, which should have been easy to get rid of.


There is also a small church in this picturesque town, Church of St. Antonina from the 1920s on the hill Rione Monti. It was built in the same style as the Trulli houses. It immediately impresses everyone with an almost 20-meter high dome and a decorative rosette.


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