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.