Apr
03
2009
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Trullo


What is a Trullo? It’s a Building. It is the traditional house of the Puglia region of Italy. It is similar to a cottage but with a cylindrical body and a cone shaped stone roof. All made from local abundant stone, the walls can be a few meters thick. In this way they keep the heat out in the summer and the heat in, in the winter, in the same way a cave does.
Each room usually has its own cone, and small side cones or half cones may cover a bedroom, that generally has enough room to accommodate one bed. The bedrooms, or alcoves with beds, are often covered by a curtain which can provide a very romantic appearance.
Trullo bedroom
There are many theories on why they were built like this, one is that they were built in a drystone way, so they could be demolished if the property tax collector was in the region, and then rebuilt when he leaves. Fantastic idea, but highly impractical. Most peasants in the 15th 16th 17th 18th and early 19th centuries in this region, particularly the Itria Valley of Puglia, lived in a trullo. In one way building in stone was practical because it was in such abundance, but there is evidence of trulli through the centuries from Israel to the Skellig Island of county Kerry in Ireland. Maybe migrating people carried the skill of building in this way with them, or the absence of other materials was the mother of the invention.

There are different styles of trullo, or in other words they can appear different depending on their finish. Here are some examples:

Dry Stone Trullo

Dry Stone Trullo

Plastered Trullo

Plastered Trullo

Plastered Trullo Stone Roof with Pinnacle

Plastered Trullo Stone Roof with Pinnacle

Lamia, trullo with a dome roof

Lamia, trullo with a dome roof

There is a thriving business in restoring trulli for holiday homes or even to live in. Many locals that live in the town of Ostuni for example, have a trullo just outside in the country, where they spend their summers and autumns tending the land, picking the fruit, the nuts, olives etc. Italians and overseas buyers use them as holiday homes, and in some cases building swimming pools, to add some luxury to the property. There are some foreigners that live in a trullo all year round, reaping the benefits of a tranquil life, short winter and a long summer.
A renovated Trullo, or trulli (plural) can have all the modern facilities like kitchen, bathroom, electricity and central heating. Renting a trullo for a holiday is a unique experience and with fantastic weather from May to October, they can be inexpensive out of high season.

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Mar
02
2009
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Around Ostuni

Around Ostuni

Groves of olive trees, rooted in red soil bordered by stone walls, that sweep down to the coastline of soft white sandy beaches, inlets enclosed by volcanic rock. White conical roofed trullo’s sprinkled around the land, bring a fairytale like atmosphere to Ostuni that sits on the hill-top overlooking sea.

There are countless things to do and see in the surrounding area of Ostuni. The nearby towns of Caravigno, Cisternino, Martina Franaca, Locorotundo and in particular the trullo town of Alberobello have plenty to offer it terms of day trips.

The Zoo / Safari Park near Fasano, is less than a 20 minute drive from Ostuni. The park contains a drive through safari park, a zoo, aquarium and a fun park with water rides, rollercoaster’s and shows. It is the biggest Zoo in Italy with the greatest number of animal species in Europe.
The coastline of Ostuni is outstanding. Immaculate white sandy beaches, some that stretch a few kilometres and others countless small sandy coves enclosed by volcanic rocks that look out on a turquoise sea, conjure up a deserted island experience.

The caves at Grotte di Castellana are about the most jaw-dropping in the world. A 30 minute drive from Ostuni, it is a must do on your stay in this region. Escape the heat of the day by going underground to see the most spectacular stalactites and stalagmites. The vast hall of white columns and luminous lake at the end of the tour through the caves is as big and as magical as you could possibly imagine.
www.grottedicastellana.it

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