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Trullo in Puglia

By Marty Way

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At first glance it may look like boobs on a Hobbit house but a ‘Trullo’ is profoundly functional and the preeminent architectural feature of the Italian region of Puglia.IMG_6297.jpeg

A Trullo is a stone building with a conical or domed roof. The centuries-old construction technique is still used today. Roughly-worked limestone boulders are stacked into arches inside, then flatter stones are vaulted on top, with incrementally smaller circumferences to form the conical roof above. It makes a dwelling that is cool in summer and naturally captures heat inside, in winter.

The city of Alberobello features the most famous example of trulli (i.e. ‘trulli’=plural; ‘trullo’= singular). This old town is a preserve of narrow streets winding past homes and shops; their pert and pointy roofs reaching for the sky.IMG_6300.jpegIMG_6303.jpeg

Our airbnb accommodation has two Trullo, ergo its name “Trullo Trilli.” It’s spacious, airy and (figuratively) cool, yet features the classic arches inside with their rough stone texture.IMG_3203.jpegIMG_3202


So, did I expect to open the door to find Bilbo Baggins sitting in a rocking chair? It fires the imagination, doesn’t it? Appreciation of architecture is so subjective after all.

Posted by WayWayFar 06:11 Archived in Italy

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