Like dismountable tents
They have existed for hundreds of years, even if the oldest amongst those that have survived only go back to the 16th century. This is because they were generally built as temporary accommodation with dry stone, so they could be taken apart and rebuilt as necessary.
Often, they would magically disappear just as the tax collectors came knocking. Imagine their surprise when they arrived in Locorotondo, Alberobello or Fasano just to find piles of ruins and practically no houses. As soon as the collectors went away, the trullo houses would reappear, along with their inhabitants.
A trullo house is built from a cylindrical base with a cone-shaped roof in limestone. Although they were built without cement, their walls often provided adequate shelter in winter and their characteristic white colour provided a cooling system in summer.
The roof is unique, often painted with an evil eye, a cross or an astronomical single with ornamental flourishes on top. Currently, many trullo houses have been transformed into excellent holiday homes, sometimes equipped with heating, air conditioning and a pool.
Did you know?
The trullo house is a truly incomparable construction. The only other place in Europe that has something similar is in the Rhineland…in Germany!
The Pugliese who migrated from Puglia to Northern Europe in search of work last century built some there while working as harvesters in the vineyards there.