In the magical Trullis valley
The trullis are one of the most unusual and unique buildings in Italy. Around 200 to 300 years ago, the Apulian farmers built their houses in this special manner. There are now only a few well preserved examples of such architecture in the Itrian valley, even fewer which have been restored, and there is this one available for rent. The owner, a French lady, has tastefully and renovated her trullo and comfortably furnished it with antiques; she has chosen just the right pieces... and has not forgotten to add a pretty kitchen and modern bathroom. However, before we take a look at the interior decorations and the surrounding region, let's highlight a few interesting features.
These buildings are built of typical stone from the region. The walls are more than a meter thick, protecting the inhabitants from heat and cold. Inside, there are no doors, only stone pillars and curtains separating the rooms (the bathroom is an exception to this, where doors have been provided for reasons of privacy). Every year, the local people whitewash their homes right up to the roof and attend to the general appearance of their houses: a pure white construction with a silvery-gray cone-shaped roof. The annual whitewashing is also a traditional method of disinfection.
From the 17th to the 19th century, the trullo was the standard home of local farmers. The solitary trullo, with its high cone-shaped roof, looks rather like a small baronial tower; while the landscape as a whole appears to be dotted with 'miniature castles', their white facades peeping out between mighty, age-old olive trees - some close to one another, others standing alone. Travellers, even the most inattentive, are given the sense of entering a countryside where time stands still - a magical landscape. The UNESCO has also realized the great value of these trullis: since its resolution in 1996 the trullis and the Itrian valley have been made a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
As well as being a home for the farmer, trullis served as hay barns in winter and for storing corn in summer. It was customary for the families and animals to live under the same roof at that time. At the top of the roof, above the brown cupola, decorative white stones crown the pinnacle. These ornaments are holy or magical symbols, sometimes in the shape of cones or horizontal discs, representing the earth or the two-dimensional sun. There are also pyramid or conical shapes with four or five facets which symbolize the holy stone of Baitulos - a cult followed by primitive oriental tribes, part of which included fertility symbols.
Later trullis have symbols from the 'new' religion, such as Christian crosses, Eucharist cups or radiant alter-bread. Pagan decorations can also be found: animals such as roosters, snakes, horseshoes and bull horns. Yet another source of symbols were magical astronomic, astrological or planetary figures or, much more simply, signs just representing the owner's initials. All these ornaments were carved by hand from local stone. Trullis can be found all over the Apulian region but the greatest number and most artistic examples are concentrated in the Valle d'Itria.
Our Trullo accommodates 10 people. There is a barbecue on the terrace, with its straw roof and - most importantly - even a pool. The large garden (3500 m²) has been planted with roses, lavender, olive and apricot trees. The price includes some hours cleaning service and a caretaker, who attends to the pool and cistern (very important!).
About the region
Cisternino is right in the heart of Murgia Pugliese, between the municipalities of Bari, Brindisi and Taranto. Lightly undulating, forested hills contrast with dry stone walls and the appealing white conical houses. This part of the countryside is just the place to relax in peace and quiet. The beaches along the Adria coast (both rocky and sandy) are not far away (30 km) and there are many romantic little towns to discover - both in the valley and on the nearby hills. The Itrian valley, in which this exceptional house stands, is a remarkably fertile region. Olive trees, vines, orange, lemon and almond trees are loaded with delicious fruit; the sun and nutritious earth guarantee rich and fresh harvests. One of the many fabulous features of the Apulian region are the reasonable prices and enormous portions in the restaurants.
This region flourished in the 13th century, as Friedrich the Second, King of Sicily (this region was also part of it, at that time) and Emperor of Germany, turned Apulia into his royal granary. Wheat, sweet corn and other essential cereals came from here and brought wealth to the region. It soon became necessary to build strongholds on the hills and many baroque castles were erected in subsequent times. All these towns make this Italian region a destination well worth visiting. We recommend travelling soon, as the tourism industry here is not (yet) as well developed as elsewhere in Italy (although affluent Italians already enjoy spending their holidays here).
The Apulian region still gives you the feeling that you are the first person to discover the area. This is an unspoiled part of Italy, far from the well-visited museum routes in Florence. 800 m from the house, down the road, there is a grocery store and the romantic little town of Cisternino is only 6 km away. Pretty Cisternino, 400 m above sea level, dates back to Medieval times and harbors a wide range of remarkable Renaissance and Baroque buildings. This whitewashed town holds live jazz concerts at the piazza, every weekend during the summer - strange to think of this in such a solitary part of the Italian countryside - but the Jazz is supposed to be excellent.
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HOLIDAY HOME AMENITIES
- Pool: 5 x 10m
- Air conditioning in 4 bedrooms
- Ceiling fan in the 5th bedroom
- Internet WIFI connection
- TV (regional reception)
- Fridge with freezer
- Stove with oven
- Espresso machine
- Washing machine
- Alarm system
- Barbecue grill
- 2 patios for al fresco dining
- 2 showers by the pool
- Parking for 4 cars with shadow roof
Grocery shop 800 m
Cisternino 6 km
Martina Franca 8 km
Locorotondo 12 km
Ostuni 15 km
Ceglie Messapica 15 km
Railway station Cisternino/Scalo 17 km
Alberobello 25 km
Adria coast with sandy and rocky beaches (Torre Canne) 30 km
Grottaglie 40 km
Taranto 40 km
Brindisi 40 km
Bari 70 km
Lecce 90 km
Castel del Monte 130 km
Regional airports: Brindisi or Bari (about 1 hour flight time from Rome)
Driving time: from Naples 4, from Rome 7, from Milan 11 hours
Please note: the Google Maps are only approximative, the exact address will be given after finalized booking.
Choose your holiday home
1 living room
1 dining room
2 double bedrooms
3 twin bedrooms
4 bathrooms (two with bathtub, two with shower)
There is one living room, a dining room and kitchen in the TRULLO, as well as another small kitchen-living room in the MAIN LAMIA (the low, neighboring building with barrel vault roof). There is enough room inside and 8 to 12 people can spread themselves out. However, the living room and dining room only seat four each. This shouldn't be a problem, since you will spend most of your time outside, anyway - either on a sun lounge at the pool or under the shady roof of the terrace, where there is a long wooden table at which all people can gather.
Bedrooms and bathrooms:
Inside the TRULLO there is one double room and one en suite bathroom (with bathtub) / sleeps 2 people. The MAIN LAMIA houses three twin bedrooms, two bathrooms (one with bathtub, the other with shower) / sleeps 6 people. A further double bedroom with small bathroom (with shower) can be found in the ADJACENT LAMIA / sleeps 2 people.
Air conditioning: 4 bedrooms are air-conditiond. The bedroom located in the central part of the house, the Trullo bedroom, will only have a ceiling fan. Also the Adjacent Lamia (smaller house) by the pool is air-conditioned.
There is a barbecue on the terrace, with its straw roof and a pool. The garden has been planted with roses, lavender, olive and apricot trees.
What you should know:
There is enough water for you and your group, but water is very valuable here - it is certainly a commodity you can not take for granted. This region offers a wide blue sky but very few clouds = water. The owner and we request that you are as sparing as possible with water, during your stay. Don't let the taps run unnecessarily. Please be polite, respectful and economical with your water consumption and treat the house as carefully as your own. How to be polite with your water consumption? Just ask us.
31 Aug 2019 - 31 Dec 2019
4400 EUR €
4600 EUR €
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Reservations from Saturday to Saturday only.
Pool opening dates: May 18th - September 21st. Pool towels are not available.
Children are more than welcome, but they are not allowed to walk up the roof of the Trullo. Parents have to look after their children.
Baby bed available.
Pool and beach towels are not provided, please bring your own with you. Guests must shower before using the pool.
Security deposit, gas, heating, wood for fireplace, air conditioning, final cleaning to be paid in euros on the premises:
- Security deposit: EUR 1000.
- Gas to heat water: metered / EUR 6 per m3.
- Heating (if required): metered / EUR 6 per m3.
- Wood for fireplace: please check price on the premises.
- Air conditioning in 4 bedrooms: metered.
- Baby bed if maximum capacity PAX is exceeded: EUR 100 per week.
- Final cleaning: EUR 200.
Bed, bath and kitchen linens, water, electricity, Internet WIFI connection, maid service (3 hours house cleaning on Tuesdays and for longer rentals also on Saturdays), pool cleaning service, garden maintenance (2 hours 3 times a week) all included in the price.
Historic sea view villa in a lush garden only 50 m from the beach
- Sleeps 10+6 Guests
- Bedrooms 5+3 Bedrooms
- Bathrooms 4+2 Bathrooms
- Floor area sq m 430 m2 m2