Alberobello is a small town in the region of Puglia, in southern Italy, near Bari (actually, where my family is from). It is known for its unique architecture of trulli houses, which are traditional dry stone huts with conical roofs made of limestone. The town’s trulli were designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1996.
The origins of Alberobello’s trulli date back to the 14th century, when the area was ruled by the Kingdom of Naples. The dry stone construction technique was us
ed to evade taxes imposed by the king on permanent structures. Instead, the trulli could be quickly dismantled and reconstructed when tax collectors were in the area.
Today, visitors can wander through the narrow streets of Alberobello and admire the picturesque trulli, which are adorned with white-washed walls and colorful symbols. Some trulli have been converted into shops, cafes, and restaurants, while others remain private residences.
In addition to its unique architecture, Albe
robello is also known for its local cuisine, which features fresh seafood, olive oil, and locally grown fruits and vegetables. Visitors can sample dishes such as orecchiette pasta with tomato sauce and caciocavallo cheese, or grilled octopus with lemon and parsley.
Overall, Alberobello offers a charming glimpse into Italy’s rural past and is a must-see destination for anyone interested in architecture, history, and traditional Italian culture.