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Alberobello Trulli

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Alberobello's Trulli, a UNESCO World Heritage Site

UNESCO declared Alberobello a World Heritage Site with the following justification: "The site is of outstanding universal value being an exceptional example of a form of building construction deriving from prehistoric construction techniques that have survived intact and functioning into the modern world."

Alberobello is a fairytale village. No where else in the world will you find such a unique town of charming, narrow streets where the inhabitants live in "trulli," small conical-roofed houses initially built without the use of mortar and with only dry stones piled one on top of the other and crowned with limestone roofs, which artfully supply pinnacles of magical significance. This building technique was an innovative way used in the past to avoid paying taxes to the king of Naples (they could destroy them easily in case of royal inspection). Today tourists come to admire this wonderfully unique urban centre.

The tour starts with a pleasant drive through the Puglia region. Soon we will take an off the beaten path where you will be surrounded by ancient olive trees 4-500 years old, with the Adriatic Sea on one side and the Murge plateau on the other. As you approach Alberobello, you will notice several single and double-coned trulli dotted along the countryside.

First we visit an olive oil farm where you can taste extra virgin olive oil and then comes Alberobello, where your first stop will be at a panoramic terrace from which point you will have more than 1000 trulli at your feet, all within walking distance and ready to be explored. Your guide will lead you through the narrow alleys of the Aia Piccola borough and show you the key attractions of Alberobello, including a visit inside a trullo house and the unique trullo church.

A taste of local products is included before enjoying some free time during which your principal activities may be wandering around marveling at trulli, visiting small museums, buying souvenirs. Here you will find colourful terracotta whistles (a local Puglia product), local ceramics, and everything shaped like a trullo, from money boxes to silver jewelry. Many trullo contain tiny bars where you can sample local wines, which are also sold in the shops along with biscuits and pasta.

The return journey will be through Le Murge, a plateau that extends along the upper part of the region with breathtaking views over Puglia.

You may combine this tour of Alberobello with another site such as Ostuni, Castellana Grottos, Polignano a Mare, Matera, Lecce, Bari, Brindisi etc.

Or simply add a wine tasting option including a local cellar visit.

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