About 60 km far from Bari, in the middle of the Valle d’ Itria (Itria Valley), there’s a little gem of South of Italy: Alberobello. It has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in the 1996, and hosts every year thousands of tourists, who come here to admire the typical rural buildings called Trulli.
Nevertheless, is the whole Valle d’ Itria which deserves to be discovered, a land lost in the time with its colors, fragrances and sights.
The Trulli (from ancient Greek τρούλος/τροῦλλος, lit. dome) are conic, stone made prehistorical constructions typical of this part of Puglia (Apulia). They first appeared as temporary shelters in the countryside, then became a proper dwelling for farmers. Completely unknown to humanity until 1870, nowadays they are one of the most appreciated spots by foreign tourists – especially British – who, about 10 years ago, also started buying refurbished Trulli as properties.
Let your dreamy mind go, and get lost among the tiny alleys all around the most beaten tracks. Residents might struggle with English, but they perfectly know how to warmly welcome you. Life still follows a natural rhythm here.
Photo: Enrico Fabi