Alberobello, fairyland

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You can not talk about Trulli without a hint of Alberobello, which is the capital. So much so that the Monti district and that of Aia Piccola consist entirely of trulli from the white-washed walls and roofs formed by small gray slabs resting on each other without glue. And, at the tip of the cap, the cucurneo or tintinule: the pinnacle. This can have various shapes, from the ear to the grapevine, from the five-pointed star to the blazing sun, from the crescent at Horseshoe, from the heart inside triangle to the candlestick.

Each represents an archaic sign that refers to the primordial elements of life, the cycle of the earth, the mystery of the cosmos, the magic. In short, the sacred and the profane mixed together, as you are found also drawn in white on gray of the chiancarelle on the cones and as always happens in the farming world. All this and more can be seen walking through the winding streets of Alberobello, authentic architectural miracle of civilization, recognized by UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996. And even more impressive is the walk these days, during the Christmas holidays, when the trulli are decorated and illuminated by colored light of Alberobello Light Festival that, from dusk to down, depicting stars and big snowflakes.

If you found trulli a bit ‘everywhere in the territory between Selva di Fasano and the Valle d’Itria, Alberobello is though to be the only example of a cluster of these fabulous buildings. In the district raised above Aia Piccola there are about 400, and even 1,030 in Monti, scattered throughout the winding alleys that go up and down, while on the summit, there is the trulli church dedicated to St. Anthony. To better admire the view of the “Capital of the Trulli” you should go up, without haste, among the many streets, to Piazza del Popolo, in the heart of the country, and looking out from the terrace.
The tour continues to the discovery of Casa D’Amore, the first example of a home with the use of mortar and the first seat of the city council at the end of ‘700. Do not miss the detour to Trullo Sovrano, built on two floors (Trullo Sovrano-Casa-museo, Piazza Sacramento 10/11. Monday-Sunday 10,00-18,30 Nov/Mar; 10,00-20,00 Apr/Ott. Info: +39 080 4326030. Ticket: € 1,50, reduced  7-12 years € 1,00), and the Museum of the Territory “Casa Pezzolla” (Piazza XXVII Maggio, +39 380 411 1273. Ticket 3 euro. Reduced for groups 2 euro. Free for kids under 10 years. Open from Tuesday to Sunday 10.00-13.00 and 15.30-19.00).

A choice that rewards the territory is that of Trattoria Terra Madre, where the products come directly from the farm to the table, with a simple kitchen, with flavors such as those at home. The advice is to book a table next to the organic garden in the glass gazebo well heated and ordered menu Raccolta of 30 € that it’s right for two and which includes garden vegetables served in various preparations and two choices of dishes defined delights, typical of the traditional local cuisine (Trattoria Terra Madre, Piazza Sacramento 17 – +39.327.44.59.979 – +39.080.432.38.29 – info@trattoriaterramadre.it).