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Lovely Alberobello in Puglia is famous for its 'trulli', oddly-shaped stone houses with a conical roof. The town's historical center is on a hilltop, amid almond and olive trees, and has been declared an International Human Resource by UNESCO. It is made up of a hundred trulli, some 5 centuries old.

Although some theories date the trulli back 5000 years, the favorite story of their creation claims that such buildings were first constructed during the Middle Ages. At the time, anyone who built a dwelling on the King's land was heavily taxed. With this in mind, the Pugliesi cleverly devised the drywall stone Trulli solely for purposes of tax evasion.

As the story goes, upon word of the taxman's arrival (perhaps by means of a smoke signal), the Trulli were rapidly dismantled and moved out of sight. After the visit was over and that gentleman successfully ducked, the homes were re-erected.

Fanciful hex signs adorning each home add magic to this already bewitching setting.

When we visited old Alberobello, it was almost deserted, as there was heavy rain coming. This only increased the magic, so we stayed out until the very last minute...and then we dashed into the nearest bar for shelter (and a caffe!).

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Additional Photos by Benny Verbercht (BennyV) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2815 W: 35 N: 5734] (30602)
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