Wednesday, February 09, 2011


One of the places in Italy we'd always wanted to visit was PUGLIA, down in the heel of the boot.  We were lucky enough to have friends who own a second home in Ostuni and who offered it to us for our stay.  Down in southern Italy you could easily imagine yourself in Greece just as easily as Italy.  The whitewashed town of Ostuni tumbles down the hillside just as villages in Umbria do, but the feel is much more mediterranean.  The town of Ostuni has an ancient feel to it, but it's very much alive, and was a great place to call home for a brief period. 
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Not far from Ostuni is the town of Alberobello.  Here is where you'll find the TRULLI, round stone houses made completely out of stone, including the roof.  Rocks are plentiful in this area, so of course it's logical that the house are built of stone, but the unique way in which these houses are built makes them even more interesting.  One theory is that these houses were built so that they could be quickly and easily disassmebled, thereby avoiding being taxed for a 'permanent' structure. 
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There are mysterious markings on many of the trulli roofs, and depsite all the theories, no one really knows what they symbolized. 

This area was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996, guaranteeing that the trulli will remain authentic for the world to enjoy.  The trulli of Alberobello are still inhabitated, some as private homes, some as tourist shops.  Wlaking through the streets among the trulli, despite the shops, despite the tourists, feels very much like a step back in time, with just a little fairy dust thrown in for good measure. 

Here are the photos we took of Alberobello and the trulli:


At 2/09/2011 12:12:00 PM , Blogger Jane said...

Barbara, we have wanted to get to Puglia so badly but summer always seems the wrong time. Thanks for the virtual visit.

At 2/10/2011 08:10:00 AM , Blogger Bob and Rosemary said...

We loved Puglia and the trulli. How fantastic to have a friend in Ostuni! We stayed there too and had a marvelous time. Did you eat at the restaurant The Locanda dei 7 Peccati -fantastic! or Pozzo dei Desideri? (the last at the highest point in the city!)

At 2/13/2011 11:16:00 AM , Blogger Saretta said...

hey, I wrote a post on Alberobello recently, too! Hope you enjoyed your visit down here!

At 2/13/2011 03:42:00 PM , Blogger Barbara said...

You're right Jane - spring or fall would be the best times!

Rosemary I don't thing we ate at either of those restaurants - we usually ate lunch wherever we were during the day and I cooked something at home for the evenings!

Saretta, thanks for the comment - we loved Puglia! I also enjoyed your blog!

At 1/24/2012 10:50:00 PM , Blogger Lee Laurino said...

Also stayed in Alberobello, thought the nomes would be out at night. I may have been the only tourist in Noveber but the people at TrullieePuglia at were wonderful
I met some wonderful people. you can meet them too on my blog at

At 3/22/2012 02:24:00 AM , Anonymous Holidays to koh lanta said...

Those houses look very cute. It would surely be great to buy one of these houses in Alberobello and live there after retirement.


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