Three weeks ago we went to Italy for a prolonged weekend break. This time we were exploring the area of Italy‘s heel, Puglia. We stayed in Lecce and Polignano A Mare, but we also visited some other towns and cities – Bari, Otranto, Ostuni and Alberobello (my thanks go to my sister who made me aware of this place).
Alberobello has been made a UNESCO World Heritage site for its unique whitewashed buildings with stone conical roofs. There is a main area with plenty of streets with just trulli (this is what this type of house is called, sg. trullo). Then there is a part of the town with “normal” buildings, but you can still see an odd trullo incorporated in the modern built-up area while wandering around. Even several kilometers from the town you can spot them in the landscape, usually as a part of a farm or a house or just standing in a middle of a meadow.
Many of trulli in Alberobello now serve commercial purposes. They are converted to tourist shops, mini galleries, you can even book it as accommodation. In some of them there are locals willing to show you the houses and explain how they were used. Believe me, there was not too much space in them!
Have you been to Alberobello? How did you like it? Do you know any other place with such significant buildings?
This is a contribution to the Weekly Photo Challenge (Wanderlust) by the Daily Post.