Wander The Countryside To Find Enchanting Trulli
We had visited the white hill town of Ostuni in the morning and we headed from there along little twisty turny country roads toward the enchanting Trulli. This was the most well known and touristic town that showcased a whole village of little trulli houses.
So what is trull house you ask? In the southern region of Puglia you will find a whole region teaming with enchanting Trulli, sporting the characteristic domed or conical roofs – a prehistoric building method still use today. The enchanting Trulli houses are made of limestone boulders collected from the local fields, put together with mortarless construction. While new houses are sometimes built to resemble this, the region still has a large number of trull houses built in the historic way.
As we drove along the country roads we saw our first trulli house and got all excited. David turned around to get a picture.
Pulling over several times, to the honking of locals, we continued to see old authentic trulli houses and newer houses built in that style with similar domed structures. Everywhere we looked as we took this windy hill road we saw trulli houses near and far.
We were so glad we had plotted the scenic route. This was one of the advantages of having a car we found in both Abruzzo and Puglia. While a train or bus might get you to a central tourist spot, you would be more limited in wandering outside of the town boundaries. Just be sure to take a GPS or offline maps because the twisty turny hill roads could lead you anywhere!
See The Unesco Town of Alberobello For More Trulli Houses
When we finally reached Alberobello, we found trulli houses everywhere we looked. It was an enchanting little town and in October with little tourist traffic, we could enjoy the town without crowds.
By now it was way past lunch so we grabbed the first restaurant we found. We were surprised to find excellent seafood not right on the coast. But we probably would have had a more unique and trulli experience had we wandered up the hill and found a restaurant in a trulli house. That will teach us to keep the protein bars in our day pack topped up to stave off urgent hunger!
After eating, we headed up to the viewpoint to walk amongst the trulli houses. We never really found a panoramic point but did get to see lots of trulli houses and construction close up.
At one point David and I got separated and wandered down different paths to get back to the car park. This gave us a chance to see a little more than the small area around the main parking lot. David found the main piazza before finding me again. Good thing he had pictures to share! I was not heading back up the hill again that day after having climbed Ostuni in the morning!
As we left the area and headed down the twisty roads, we continued to see trulli houses nestled in the olive trees within the plots neatly separated by the low rock walls. Winding our way back down from the hills we could see the Adriatic Ocean sparkling blue in the distance.
It had been a busy day in Puglia – from Lecce, to Ostuni, to Alberobello and then back along the coast trying to find a sandy beach to catch the sunset. The trulli houses are a “must do” when you are in this area but if possible, wander the countryside as well as Alberobello. Be prepared to be enchanted!
We couldn’t wait to figure out what we were doing in Puglia the next day!
Were you enchanted by the trull houses? Did you get a chance to see them “in the wild”?