AL­BER­O­BELLO

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - City - - LIFESTYLE -

My third des­ti­na­tion was Al­ber­o­bello, a name that could well be a tongue twister. Like Os­tuni, this town is gor­geous. How­ever, the sim­i­lar­i­ties end there. It is also known as Puglia’s Trulli town (a UN­ESCO her­itage site since 1996). Trullis are white huts with con­i­cal roofs made of lime­stone slabs. They are iconic and have ex­isted since the 16th cen­tury. I found the con­struc­tion to be very unique, which came about due to the abun­dance of lime­stone in this re­gion. You will be sur­prised to know that the dry walls are built with­out any mor­tar.

I kept won­der­ing how these unique build­ings came to be in Puglia, until I found out — it had all to do with tax and money. In the 1600s, the lo­cal rulers within the feu­dal sys­tem wanted to avoid pay­ing taxes to the King. So, they built their houses with­out any mor­tar. In the event of an in­spec­tion, these struc­tures could be taken down eas­ily and the tax bill would re­main low. On reach­ing Al­ber­o­bello, I headed for the Trulli Zone. About 1,000 Trullis on a slight up­hill, I found no other type of build­ing style here. To­day, most of the Trullis are home to sou­venir shops and restau­rants. To ex­pe­ri­ence the Trulli life you could even rent one to stay overnight. As I was only on a one-day trip, I picked a Trulli with a rooftop cafe and soaked in the view of the 1,000 Trullis.

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