Step Inside a Trullo in Puglia

Trulli in Alberobello, Puglia

Trulli in Alberobello, Puglia with a matching motorbike. Designs painted on the conical roof are common.


I felt like I had just stepped into the Hobbit’s Shire when I arrived in the small whitewashed village of Alberobello. Little people scampering in and out of the tiny cone-roofed houses with hairy feet didn’t appear, however. Instead, the village streets were packed with big people like myself, exploring the rows of cone-roofed trulli that proved to be anything from gift shops to restaurants. Bizarre and quirky? By all means, yes.

Surrounded by ancient vineyards, medieval castles and white-sand beaches, Alberobello sits at the top of the heel that makes the boot of Italy. Not far from the Adriatic coast, it is understandably a magnetic tourist attraction.

Quiet steet of trulli in Alberobello

Let’s take a side street away from the maddening crowds.

These trulli are actually limestone dwellings that are mortarless, using prehistoric building techniques. The pyramidal, domed or conical roofs are built up of corbelled (stone slabs that progressively overlap each other) limestone slabs. Specific to the Itria Valley in Puglia, they have appeared here since the mid 14th century.

But why the unique construction? One big reason was the need for a dwelling that could be easily dismantled before inspectors arrived to enforce paying higher taxes on the property. However, the golden age for the trulli began in the 19th century due to wine production. Today, fewer are used as a permanent dwelling and many are being converted into Bed & Breakfasts and shops.

Let’s take a peak inside of one…

Trullo in Alberobello, Puglia

Most of the traditional trulli include one room under the conical roof with added living space in arched alcoves with curtains hung in front. However, many of the trulli converted into B&B’s are embellished and more expansive. They usually have an open fireplace with a chimney stack, but they are difficult to heat because of the conical roof. The thick walls keep them cold in the winter. The lack of windows and tall conical roof give it a cave-like feel.

Inside the main room of the trullo

Inside the main room of the trullo~ this particular one has been remodeled so you won’t quite get the rustic simplicity of the original.

As I walked through this trullo, which didn’t take but 30 seconds, I was charmed. The light-colored brickwork helped to brighten a room that otherwise would have been much more like a cave. Although it was small, I could definitely cozy up here for a short stay. Everything I need is literally at my fingertips, and when I step outside the doorway, i’m greeted by bright sunshine that reminds me of Dorothy’s Oz.


The kitchen with a kitty napping in the sunlight.



Curtains strung across the bathroom



Bed partially nestled into an alcove



Storage room created above by adding a ceiling.


IMG_2269Clean, neat and tidy, the trulli streets in Alberobello are a pleasure to walk, shop, taste authentic cuisine of Puglia, and meet the locals. Andiamo!


If you would like more information regarding a trullo stay, I suggest you check out Trulli é Puglia. To be clear, I have not personally had any experience with them as I went on a group tour and did not spend the night in one, but I feel that this is authentic as it is locally operated.

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27 replies

  1. Brings back memories. When we were in Alberobello we were told that one of the few good things that Mussolini did for Italy was pass a law protecting Trulli from being pulled down, so we still see a lot of Trulli ruins around Pulia. I did a number of sketches of Trulli and churches of Pulia, which I will happily pass on if there is any interest.

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  2. I’d love to see – and stay in – a trullo. Still haven’t been to this part of Italy.

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  3. I would not be surprised if JRR Tolkien was inspired by the Trulli houses for the description of the Hobbits home 😀


  4. I also love everything about Italy. The people, the food, the wine and the wonderful towns and views. It all majes for a very magical and romantic place.

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  5. Love that bathroom! I HAVE GOT to get down there! I will call your for advise when I finally do!

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  6. What a gorgeous place Susan – looks magical and your photos really brought the trulli to life!

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  7. Love Alberobello! I think I have a photo with that same motorino, taken in 2010! It gets around, and it does blend in nicely with the trulli. If I win the Lotto, I think I will by my own trullo…


  8. I reckon I’d hit my head getting in or out of bed 😦 Fascinating, Susan.


  9. What an amazing experience! Thanks for sharing

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  10. I spent a few days in Alberobello and never really got over the Trulli. I love the way the begin to appear along the country roads when travelling through Puglia. Remarkable buildings.

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  11. It is trulli an awesome experience. How blue is that sky. Almost looks unreal it is so blue.

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  12. Alberobello is trulli magical (lol). Loved being there a couple of times in the past; sharing your fun post with such lovely photos on FB. Grazie!

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  13. Your photos are wonderful! I can’t wait to see these beautiful homes in person!

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  14. I’ve only seen them in photos and in films, but have always been fascinated by the trulli. They’re just so darn unusual and attractive. Thanks for sharing your experience!

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