16 August 2011

Alberobello: UNESCO World Heritage Site in Puglia

Alberobello, Puglia (Summer 2011)

"The trulli, limestone dwellings found in the southern region of Puglia, are remarkable examples of drywall (mortarless) construction, a prehistoric building technique still in use in this region. The trulli are made of roughly worked limestone boulders collected from neighbouring fields. Characteristically, they feature pyramidal, domed or conical roofs built up of corbelled limestone slabs." -- "The Trulli of Alberbello." UNESCO World Heritage Center.

Alberobello, Puglia (Summer 2011)

"Alberobello, the city of drystone dwellings known as trulli , is an exceptional example of vernacular architecture. It is one of the best preserved and most homogeneous urban areas of this type in Europe. Its special features, and the fact that the buildings are still occupied, make it unique. It also represents a remarkable survival of prehistoric building techniques."  "The Trulli of Alberbello." UNESCO World Heritage Center.

Alberobello, Puglia (Summer 2011)

"These buildings were constructed using roughly worked limestone boulders collected from neighbouring fields and, later, the large water-collecting basins in the area. They were built directly on the underlying natural rock, using exclusively the drystone technique. The walls that form the rectangular rooms are double, with rubble cores, and are pierced by small windows. Fireplaces, ovens and alcoves are recessed into the thickness of the walls. The roofs, which are also double-skinned, spring directly from the walls, simple squinches allowing the transition from the rectangular to the circular or oval sections of the roofs themselves." -- "The Trulli of Alberbello." UNESCO World Heritage Center.

Alberobello, Puglia (Summer 2011)

"Tradition has it that drystone walling was imposed upon the new settlers so that their houses could be quickly dismantled. This served two purposes: recalcitrant householders could be dispossessed easily and, later, it would be possible to avoid taxation on new settlements. In the latter case the buildings could be reconstructed equally rapidly. This is known to have occurred in 1644 to thwart tax inspectors sent by the King of Naples. However, historical and comparative analysis suggests that this technique was no more than a minimal physical response to local conditions and circumstances, later to be exploited for fiscal or punitive purposes." --"The Trulli of Alberbello." UNESCO World Heritage Center.

And finally, a video from UNESCO:


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  1. Was it crowded? I'm going to Apuglia in a month or so, and I want to check out the trulli towns. However, I would like to go to a relatively quiet and not sdo crowded one. Help?

  2. Alberobello was full of people, but did not seem crowded. We are glad we made the trip out to Alberobello as it is indeed a sight to see and quite unlike anything we've ever seen. HOWEVER. It is very, very touristy, complete with people hawking you on the narrow cobblestone paths to enter their trulli (ahem, stores). It was really bad for that.
    The trulli actually dot the entire countryside of the area, but they seem to be in highest concentration in Alberobello. Even our masseria had a couple on the grounds.
    We liked the feel of Locorotondo best, but it doesn't have this concentration of trulli. Ostuni is a nice place to visit as well.
    If you are a seafood eater, then you MUST visit Forcatella. Very good. Very homey.
    We also went to the underground caves at Castellana ... wow. To be able to see what lurks underground . .so cool.
    Enjoy your trip, John.

  3. So cool! Looks almost like greece except the doors. An enchirito is basically an enchilada except you use flour tortillas and are filled with refried beans, onions, and ground beef.

  4. Beautiful pics of a beautiful place! :-)

  5. Very fascinating, never heard of this before. I'd LOVE to see the inside!

  6. It is pretty amazing. I don't think I have a picture of the inside; perhaps the video does (?).
    Kelleyn - We are hoping to make our first trip together to Greece in June .... ahh, I am so looking forward to it!
    Thanks, Tinajo!