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An Introduction to Apulia

APULIA
Facts

Also known as Puglia, the region lies at the heel of Italy, facing Albania and Greece, its coastline stretching for hundreds of kilometres along the Adriatic and the Ionian Seas.

Apulia Map

Beside being endowed with large sandy beaches, the coastline also has many rocky inlets, the sea being always crystal clear.

The upper part, where the spur is, has a hinterland covered with imposing forests, inhabited with many species of wild animals, deer, wolves, foxes, etc.

Given its southernmost position, perhaps one of the best features of this area is its warm climate, which favours many semitropical plants, king being the olive tree, making oil the biggest produce of the region. Vineyards are present in many areas and Apulia wine is also well known, nationally and internationally.

Overall climate, with low rainfalls, makes it an ideal place for long or permanent stays.

Airports : Bari and Brindisi (3 hours from the UK)

Rail : Full connections to Centre and Northern Italy


Alberobello and the trulli

“The trulli, limestone dwellings found in the southern region of Puglia, are remarkable examples of dry wall (mortarless) construction, a prehistoric building technique still in use in this region. The trulli are made of roughly worked limestone boulders collected from neighbouring fields. Characteristically, they feature pyramidal, domed or conical roofs built up of corbelled limestone slabs.”

This is the official definition used to explain the Trulli, the typical properties found in a small pocket of the Apulia hinterland, and specifically in the area around Alberobello.

Alberobello has been named one of the sites of international interest and is included on the World Heritage list. There are more than a thousand of these whitewashed, hobbit type dwellings around the town and they have become the symbol of the whole of the Apulia region.

The trulli that we can see today are no more than a century or two old .Their shape being so unusual, from our points of view at least, but construction is easier than it looks using the local limestone boulders. The domed roof allows for the warm air to rise and make the house cooler in summer. Whatever the origins of the trulli, they have become part of this strange landscape, with its scarce vegetation, that is more typical of an African setting than a part of Italy. The Mediterranean side is present however in the olive groves and the fruit orchards that form a green background to these fairy-tales buildings.

The basic trullo comprised just one room. As need arose, more rooms with their conical roof were added leading to the present day where some have become quite large and assumed fanciful in their shapes. Another appealing feature is that they are all on one floor and, most of the time, have a garden or courtyard surrounded by a low limestone was, as white as the house.

The point of the dome usually has a decoration and some of the old trulli still have obscure symbols marked on the walls. Wherever the origin of the trulli, luckily they are here to stay. The rest of the world are now discovering their strange charm and are bringing them back to life to be lived in and enjoyed.

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Kingston House, 7 London Road, Old Stratford, Milton Keynes
Buckinghamshire, England, MK19 6AE
Tel (+44) 01908 265008
Fax (+44) 01908 260879

e-mail: nino@italvilla.net

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