Trulli are 14th century limestone huts found in the Puglia region of Italy. Each trullo has a cone-shaped roof, which is typically topped with an ornamental pinnacle with symbolic meaning. These roofs are also often painted with unique mystical symbols.
The trulli were constructed without mortar, and according to legend, this design was a cunning trick enabling the owners to avoid paying property taxes. Supposedly, a rope attached to the roof could pull down the entire building in the event that a tax collector was about to visit. The building could then be quickly reassembled after he had left.
Trulli can be found scattered throughout Puglia, but Alberobello is particularly lovely place to view them. This UNESCO world heritage site is home to over 1500 of these quirky dwellings.
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