The trulli of Alberobello are truly unusual. I do not believe you will see anything like them outside of this locale. They are small houses built of stone, sometimes covered with stucco, always painted white, with conical roofs made by overlapping slabs of stone, with a simple ornamental cap on the top. They look rather like upside-down ice cream cones. Apparently this is an architecture unique to this particular are, and very little is known about its origins. However they are not ancient, as one might suspect. The earliest known ones date to the early 18th century, and most of them were built later than that. They may be built either singly or in clusters joined together. They are really quite fascinating. So why not five stars? Principally because I think the whole effect has been somewhat degraded (though some might say enhanced) by a high level of sanitization and commercialization. All the trulli in the center of town have been converted to shops and restaurants, giving the main street a very touristy appearance and feel. By wandering away from the main part of town, one can get into more authentic residential areas, but one gets the feeling that they too have become rather gentrified. Only outside of town in the countryside will you see more authentic-looking trulli farmhouses, animal sheds, and the like. I will attach a few pictures. Quite enough can be seen in half a day. If you want to stay overnight, there is a hotel on the outskirts of town which is a cluster of renovated trulli, Hotel dei Trulli.
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