Il Trullo

Apulia, Valle d'Itria, Cisternino

    • Sleeps 10 Guests
    • Bedrooms 5 Bedrooms
    • Bathrooms 4 Bathrooms
    • Floor area sq m 160 m2
    • Pool
    • WiFi
    • Air con
    • Terrace
    • Fireplace
    • Airport distance:
      Bari 70 km (one hour flight time from Rome)

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    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 bathrooms.

    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!).


    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.

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    • Pool: 5 x 10m
    • Air conditioning in 4 bedrooms
    • Internet WIFI connection
    • Fireplace
    • TV (regional reception)
    • VCR
    • CD-stereo
    • Fridge with freezer
    • Stove with oven
    • Espresso machine
    • Dishwasher
    • Washing machine
    • Alarm system
    • Barbecue grill
    • 2 patios for al fresco dining
    • 2 showers by the pool
    • Parking for 4 cars with shadow roof
    Touring ideas

    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



    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. Cisternino is part of the prestigious club of the most beautiful towns in Italy.

    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 upper Italy.

    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.

    Ostuni, the 'White City' is awarded every year with the Blue Flag and five sails of Legambiente. Ostuni, La Città Bianca, is one of Puglia’s most beautiful cities, a tumble of white-washed buildings perched strategically atop a hill with views of the endless olive trees in the Valle d’Itria countryside, and the glimmering Adriatic Sea. The medieval walled city was built without a plan, and it shows. The web of streets is confusing, a maze of alleyways, staircases and arches. Buildings were built on top of each other, and the archways support the houses they connect, making up for the lack of strong foundations. You turn one way and find a dead end, another and get a glimpse of the sapphire sea. Puglia has seen a stream of invaders - Greeks, Romans, Goths, Byzantines, Normans - and the labyrinth of Ostuni is the perfect way to confuse the enemy. The stark white buildings are dazzling in the southern sun and are brightened by vivid green and blue wooden doors, pots of red geraniums and cacti. In the 17th century a plague killed millions in the area and infected houses were painted white by mixing limestone dust with water. Locals noticed that there was less illness around the white houses and attributed it to a miracle; most likely it was the antibacterial effect of the calcium carbonate. Nowadays the white houses attract tourists and the local government encourages everyone to repaint every two years by paying for half the cost. The main street in Ostuni is lined with boutiques and souvenir shops selling local olive oil and Salentino sandals, but the best way to experience the town is by diving down the narrow side streets and like the invaders once did, getting lost.
    At Ostuni’s highest point you’ll find the Cathedral, built in the 15th century in the late Gothic style, rare in Puglia where most of the churches are austere Romanesque or ornate Baroque. Its graceful lines lead to the sky and there’s a magnificent rose window with Christ at the centre surrounded by 24 finely carved columns representing the hours of the day. Visite on a Saturday, Ostuni’s market day. It’s very much a local place - most tourists don’t make it here on the edge of town—and is foodie heaven. Browse the stalls of bulbous round cucumbers, fresh almonds in brine, dried figs, piles of walnuts, aromatic bunches of oregano, twin balls of caciocavallo cheese dangling from string, trays of snails, entire octopus, and mounds of vibrant red chiles, sweet and spicy, round, bell-shaped and long.

    Ceglie, with its 14th-century Piazza Vecchia, tattered Baroque balconies, and lordly medieval castles, the little whitewashed town of Ceglie Messapica is a jewel.

    Martina Franca is known for its Baroque architecture and the festival of the Itria Valley.

    Alberobello is famous throughout the world for its houses, called trulli, UNESCO World Heritage Site. 

    Lecce, the Baroque city is known as the Florence of the South. 

    Brindisi is a convenient location to the East and with the natural harbour of the Adriatic Sea. 

    Locorotondo is officially one of the most beautiful villages in Italy.

    Polignano a Mare is a charming rocky center overlooking the Adriatic sea.

    Castellana Grotte is world famous for its karst complex of Castellana Grotte. 

    Fasano, a city that marks the border between Salento and the Terra di Bari and home to the "forest" the biggest safari zoo of Southern Italy and the Archaeological Park of Egnazia. 

    Lido Morelli is a long beach with fine sand and clear sea located in naturalistic park called 'Parco delle Dune Costiere'. 

    Natural Oasis of Torre Guaceto - Torre Guaceto is Marine Protected Area and Natural Reserve of the state of international interest with large expanses of open sandy beaches. 

    The local antique markets are beautiful and characteristic, every second Sunday of the month it takes place in Ostuni, on the third Sunday it is the turn of Martina Franca and you will find others in nearby towns.
    Grottaglie - first Sunday of the month, Viale Matteotti
    Ostuni - second Sunday of the month, Porta San Demetrio
    Martina Franca - third Sunday of the month, Via Della Libertà
    Monopoli - fourth Sunday of the month, Piazza XX Settembre


    Please note: the Google Maps are only approximative, the exact address will be given after finalized booking.

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    Il Trullo

    The property has a total of: 1 living room, 1 dining room, 2 kitchens, 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms. 


    The property consists of 3 parts - the Trullo and two Lamias (lower structure with barrel-vaulted roof):

    • The Trullo - 2 persons 
    • Main Lamia - 6 persons - air conditioning in 3 bedrooms
    • New Lamia by the pool - 2 persons - air conditioning in the bedroom


    • Well equipped kitchen
    • Living room and dining room
    • 1 double bedroom (beds can not be separated) with bathroom (with bathtub)

    There is enough room inside and 8 to 10 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.

    Main Lamia:

    • Small kitchen
    • 2 double / twin bedrooms with air conditioning (beds can be pushed together)
    • 1 bedroom with air conditioning (2 single beds)
    • 2 bathrooms (one with shower and one with bathtub)
    • Small laundry room with washing machine

    New Lamia by the pool:

    • 1 double / twin bedoom with air conditioning (beds can be pushed together)
    • 1 small bathroom (with shower)


    • Garden planted with roses, lavender, olive and apricot trees
    • Two terraces with straw roof and barbecue
    • Swimming pool
    • Parking

    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. 

    Request BookingIl Trullo
    01 Jan 2022 - 18 Jun 2022
    27 Aug 2022 - 31 Dec 2022
    4450 EUR
    18 Jun 2022 - 27 Aug 2022
    4750 EUR

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    Il Trullo 01 Jan 2022 - 18 Jun 2022
    27 Aug 2022 - 31 Dec 2022
    18 Jun 2022 - 27 Aug 2022
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    • Bed, bath and kitchen linens
    • Electricity
    • Internet WIFI connection
    • Maid service (3 hours house cleaning on Tuesdays and for longer rentals also on Saturdays)
    • Pool cleaning
    • Garden maintenance (2 hours 3 times a week) 


    • 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


    EUR 1000 cash deposit are due on arrival.


    • Reservations from Saturday to Saturday
    • Pool opening dates: May 14th - September 24th
    • 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.
    • Pool and beach towels are not provided, please bring your own with you. Guests must shower before using the pool. Sunscreens damage the pool liner.

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