In the town of Alberobello, a UNESCO World Heritage site probably founded in the 15th century, there are more than 1,000 of the most interesting dwellings. The trulli came about during the Middle Ages, popularized by a law called the Prammatica de Baronibus that prohibited the construction of new cities without regal authorization—and taxation. Reluctant to share his wealth with the king, the local landlord, Gloan Girolamo II of Acquaviva—also known as Il Guercio, or “the man with a squint”—cleverly circumvented the ruling: he required that all construction in his fiefdom be done without mortar. That way, the trulli could easily be pulled down in the event of a royal inspection. Il Guercio thus avoided paying taxes. —From the essay “Legends of Resistance” by Laurie McAndish King
These cylindrical dwellings with conical roofs come from the middle ages. Each is hand-built, and each is a lively and unique tribute to the artistry of ancient architects and the ingenuity of modern occupants. Cool in summer and warm in winter, their walls measure up to one meter thick. A guest trullo in Alberobello (trullo is the singular of trulli) is very comfortable and may come with a stove, sink and small refrigerator. The one-bedroom has a queen-sized bed and room to hang clothes, a sitting room with a dining table for four, more storage space, and a second (fold-out) bed; and a modern bathroom with shower.
For booking information, contact Trullidea: +39-080-432-3860. Read the entire story of “Legends of Resistance” with more photos and and stories about the region around Apulia here: Destination Insights: Apulia, Italy here. Also available as a downloadable PDF.