Traditional trulli houses in Italy's picturesque Puglia
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An Italy countryside escape deep into the Valle d’Itria, staying in a traditional trulli with a modern touch – includes breakfast, a massage and more
Deep in the heart of Puglia’s rolling, romantic Valle d’Itria, the conical whitewashed buildings of the famous trulli houses pierce the velvety blue sky. Hewn from the dry stone of the valley and topped with a handmade pinnacle – a signature from the stonemason – these former farm dwellings have become fashionable places to stay for travellers seeking quirky lodgings in the sun-beaten south. The once-derelict trulli houses of Ottoleri Resort captured the attention of a local couple in 1973, and after a family affair of painstaking reconstruction, their children have transformed the settlement into a tranquil resort.
Made of smooth, honeyed stone, the trulli and cummerse now enjoy a new lease of life as a fleet of suites, with modern furniture and luxury touches. Sleep under the grand arches of the ancient buildings, wake to a Bacchanalian-style breakfast of Italian cakes and pastries, slip into the cool waters of the swimming pool and inhale the scent of summer in the Valle d’Itria. There’s a restaurant where you can sample traditional Apulian cuisine and bikes to hire for exploring the local area.
Pedal out to Alberobello, the most famous trulli village where the large concentration of little pointed houses has been designated a Unesco World Heritage Site since 1996. The nearby town of Locorotondo is the perfect example of Puglian architecture, a cluster of tightly packed white houses crowning a hill and peering out over the green expanse of the Valle d’Itria below. Cycle between wine producers and sip rustic reds and earthy whites, explore the ancient centro storico with a camera and freewheel back to the hotel through quiet lanes, counting the trulli as you go.
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