This territory stands in the middle of a vast layer of the earth's crust of limestone, which flakes into flat sheets of varying thickness, which has favored the development of the mysterious stone homes called Trulli.
According to archaeological studies, Trulli’s were first built in pre-historic times by tribes from the middle east and asia minor. These tribes used to erect tombs to bury their dead to shelter them from bad weather.
During the expansion of the Hellenistic culture which dominated the coast of southern Italy, the arrival of the first Greek settlers developed and embellished the Trulli. The word Trullo derives from the greek word Tholos, which refers to a circular dome-shaped construction.
Legend has it the tombs, after hundreds of years and various improvements, became homes for farmers. Eventually, newer Trulli’s arose and were built by a 16th century architect who noticed that the stones used for the Trulli (called chiancole) kept the Trulli’s cool in the summer and warm in the winter.
People today still live in Trulli’s. The little town of Alberobello draws tourists from all over the world. The larger Trulli’s have been turned into luxury hotels and trattorias. It has become a town of many souvenir stands and artisan work shops. As you walk through town, you can smell the air that carries the scent of almonds and olives.
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