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Trulli, World Heritage in the Valle d’Itria

In the heart of Puglia, where the provinces of Bari, Brindisi and Taranto meet, there is a land of authentic charm and timeless magic. Enchanting farms and historic houses have been transformed into wellness resorts. Wineyards and olive groves stretches as far as the eye can see, with scented bright red earth and  landscapes filled with wonderful color effects. This is the Valle d’Itria. A valley immersed in scents and flavors of the past. Every village has green hills, white houses, alleys, courtyards and squares populated by artisan shops and typical trattorias creating a fairytale atmosphere.

This land is also called “Valley of Trulli” and is known for extraordinary stone structures which originated here. The trulli have an ancient history, they are typical and exclusive limestone houses dating back to prehistoric times. The roof has a characteristic conical structure composed of embedded stones called “chianche”. Often the roofs have inscriptions in white ash with mythological or religious significance, and these end with a decorative pinnacle whose aim was to drive out evil influences or misfortune.

The highest concentration of well-preserved specimens of this architectural structure is in the town of Alberobello, a site included by UNESCO in the World Heritage List in 1996. The heart of the village is entirely composed of trulli and offering a fascinating walk through the streets of the oldest districts, Monti and Aja Piccola, where the “Trullo Sovrano” stands, the biggest trullo hosting shows and concerts. Rural trulli are also present in other villages of the Valle d’Itria.

At Christmas time, the Christmas Lighting takes place in Alberobello. During this event the trulli are illuminated by colorful lights. The installations and luminous scenography are displayed in the alleys of the city. Stars, half moon, snow crystals, Christmas motifs, are projected onto conical roofs creating a magical atmosphere.

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