A trip to Puglia cannot be considered such without a visit, even a short one, to Alberobello. This country with over 1000 cones in the historic center since 1996 is one of the 54 Italian sites included by UNESCO in the World Heritage List, it represents a unique place in the world and it is impossible not to be fascinated and struck by its scenographic impact. Walking through the streets of Alberobello is like being immersed in a fairy tale, which is why it is a place loved by everyone: young and old. Alberobello is also recognized as one of the “most beautiful villages in Italy”
Recently Walt Disney also made a cartoon about Alberobello, the characters are called “trullalleri” and they live in a place called “Trulli land”
Trulli are dry stone constructions, built directly on the rock, without foundations, with roughly worked stone blocks resting on each other, without lime to fix them together and covered by a conical structure of small slabs of gray limestone.
The trulli were built because at the end of the XV century, Alberobello passed under the County of Conversano who required that the Trulli be erected dry according to the interlocking stone technique. The aim of the count was to be able to demolish them quickly in case of inspection by the emissaries of the Kingdom of Naples, in order to not to pay taxes on housing. So Alberobello was an abusive village until 1797 when the 3500 inhabitants rebelled against the feudal yoke.
The symbols on Trulli’s cones have always aroused great curiosity. They are hand-drawn and with lime. They have different origins and inspiration: Judaism, Christianity, paganism,zodiacal and astral elements.