A Trulli Exceptional Vacation!
“Bella Italia” (Beautiful Italy) - two words that just naturally go hand in hand. And for a good reason. Weather you are a seasoned traveller and have already visited Italy or a bullet point on your bucket list, Italy will always amaze visitors with undiscovered beauty.
Take me to Italy’s mission is to offer unique and fresh travel experiences, that is, a 360 degree perspective of the true dolce vita: delicious local food, amazing nature, important history and culture, including unusual and luxurious accommodation.
We searched hard and found something amazing in the region of Puglia. Just outside the small town of Alberobello is home to Leonardo Trulli Resort. It’s a five star luxurious accommodation with a twist. 18th century Trulli huts converted into dream accommodation with a salt water swimming pool. The water is sterilised with sea salt rather than chlorine and which makes it pleasant and fragrant on the skin. There is also a jacuzzi, restaurant, bar, massages and aroma therapies. This makes for a very relaxed and unusual vacation you’ve been looking for.
Rosalba Cardone, the owner and manager, was left this traditional working farmhouse by her Late uncle Leonardo. Leonardo had worked the lands during his life time and Rosalba, who is passionate about her past and in honour of her late uncle, has faithfully restored each of the Trulli huts for your enjoyment. No cost was spared in the refurbishment.
The experience in Leonardo Trulli resort is surely one of a kind. Let’s just say that the chef has prepared dishes based on ancient Apulian traditions using the vegetables grown in the gardens of the resort and seasonal products, freshly prepared every day and accompanied by excellent Apulian wines.
If you are looking to enrich your vacation with authentic experiences and have a taste of history, culture and local life but still demand the highest quality of service and accommodation, this is for you.
But let’s start from the beginning.
Southern Italy was rarely on the travel itinerary of non-Italians but things have changed during the last couple of years. Italy’s south has become the top destination for everyone who desires to uncover the holy trifecta of Italy - organic home made food, kilometers of turquoise beaches and fairy-tale national parks, with medieval castles and sights that HBO series set directors have not yet discovered.
All that is the reason why we would like to direct your attention to the map of Italy, or the “heel” of Italy, if you like. The Apulia region covers the Italy’s heel and is one of the most beautiful and less-travelled Italian destinations.
Apulia is a remarkable destination by all means, but it also has something that you won’t find in many places in the world - a UNESCO world heritage sight that you can actually live in!
Have you heard of Trulli? Chances are you have not, and there are so many reasons not to miss on the unique opportunity to add some priceless experiences to your European vacation.
The Itria Valley in Puglia is known for quality olives, vineyards that produce top of the range Italian wines including Alberobello - a small town with specific house construction style - Trulli huts. Trulli is a dome - shaped hut, constructed of small lime stones or any type of dry stone, depending on the area, without the use of mortar or cement. This building method derives from prehistoric techniques that allowed Trulli huts to survive intact and find their use in the modern world. Even though it looks fairly simple and rural, it is worth noting that Trulli has a genius constructional practicality. The conical roof is built stone by stone in such a way that it lets the air circulate but the rain water is diverted and can’t find its way inside the hut.
It is considered that Trulli huts first appeared all the way back in the late 14th century but most preserved Trullis date back to the 17th and 18th centuries. In any case, this settlement is very old and tells of peculiar and interesting history of this region.
The original idea behind the Trulli is not really known. Many historians believe that Trullis were built as a temporary settlement for farmers and their live stock or as a form of storage used by agricultural workers. The farmers often resettled in search of better life so there was no need to build more elaborate constructions. However, the most famous story of how Trulli came to be is, you could say, as old as time and concerns - dodging taxes.
Alberobello and the Puglia region were once part of the Kingdom of Naples. Like any feudal rulers, the lords of the Kingdom of Naples were very adamant about collecting taxes even from the poorest. In order to evade paying taxes, the people of the region began constructing these dry wall huts that were easily dismantled whenever the news broke about the tax collector riding their way. By some accounts, Trulli can be dismantled just by pulling a few key stones out of the construction. Of course, it meant that it was also easily built up again as soon as the tax collectors left the area.
There are over 1500 Trullo structures in the town of Alberobello.
One of the most famous Trulli houses is called The House of Love. It is believed that it’s the first house constructed in limestone, in 1797, and today it is the office of tourism in Alberobello. Also notable is that is the only Trullo on two levels, which today houses a town museum.
In 1996 the Trulli of Arberobello were listed on UNESCO’s world heritage list for their authenticity and outstanding universal value.
Today Trullis are mostly restored and opened for tourists that are welcome to stay there and spend some time in this area living like an 18th century farmer. Well almost. Trulli now have been diligently restored in order to preserve the authentic experience, but to also accommodate all the modern necessities like nice kitchens with modern appliances, sun beds, glass windows, salt swimming pools, jacuzzis, lawn and terraces and of course - free wi - fi!
And when your friends and family ask you if you were satisfied with your holiday accommodation, you can tell a wonderful story, or if you can’t be bothered to explain, you can always say “Oh, it was so good, UNESCO put it on its World Heritage list!”