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ITRIA'S VALLEY: ALBEROBELLO'S TRULLI AND MORE

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Alberobello

We have already highlighted, talking about Ostuni, how the white of lime is inexorably linked to the architectural beauties of Puglia.

But if we really have to choose a symbolic building of the region that is the trullo, in particular the approximately 1500 that are located in Alberobello and since 1996 have been a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Rebuilt on the basis of the ancient tholos, huts for the memory and worship of the dead, the first trulli were built around 1300 to strengthen the fief of the Count of Conversano.

These sort of lodges built by peasants with lime, mortar and karst stones multiplied visibly to form two villages that later formed Alberobello: it is Rione Monti, with more than a thousand conical structures and Aia Piccola, with the remaining 400.


The first, Monti, is also the seat of the historic center on top of which is the church of Sant’Antonio da Padova, also in the shape of a trullo, and the terrace with a breathtaking view: Belvedere (which means nice sight) or Santa Lucia Terrace.
From the top of the town or from our planes, we also wish you to notice the most suggestive place, the Siamese Trulli, which like twins are joined by an inseparable roof, but which according to the history handed down, are the houses of two brothers in love with the same woman.

The Trullo Sovrano, the tallest structure in the country, is located in Aia piccola as well as Casa Pezzola, a complex consisting of fifteen communicating trulli and home to the Museum of the Territory today.


But Alberobello is not the only city in the Itria Valley worthy of mention: in fact, if you are in the area it would be advisable to visit at least three other locations.

Starting with Martina Franca, and its splendid basilica, but also Locorotondo, both rich in Baroque and Rococo buildings.

Finally here is Cisternino, which stands on a limestone relief between vineyards and olive groves.
As in the case of Alberobello, we recommend that you wander aimlessly and let yourself be prompted by your own eyes, sure that you will recognize both the Torre Grande and the Clock Tower.
If there is one more day, however, we suggest passing through these parts, it is for Pasqueredde, that is Easter Monday or the first Sunday in August to celebrate the patron Saints Quirico and Giulitta.
In both cases you will feel part of the community by participating in the typical processions and eating the famous Apulian bombette and gnumeredd, skewers made with lamb entrails.

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