‘They are small round huts, with pointed cone roofs, into which it seems man cannot enter, each one with a small chimney and a doll’s house window, and that funny plastering at the top of the cone, that is the coquetry of cleanliness, and looks like a night cap standing upright on a clown’s head........’
Used for a time by farmers as a dormitory, to store work tools or as a shelter for animals, the trulli maintain the charm of antiquity. The niches, dug into the thick walls, were at times used as a baby’s cot or, when covered by a curtain, as a larder or for storing simple cooking equipment.
The clean white stones which they are made from, tell us of the dignity, although leading a modest life, of those who lived there and that, with hard work and deep respect for the area and traditions, they left behind this stone treasure, giving us a unique countryside, which has made Puglia famous throughout the world.
Having been declared ‘national monuments and human heritage’ the Puglian trulli were recognized as being ‘unique and remarkable evidence of a civilization and of a lost tradition’ and as ‘an important example that illustrates a significant period of human history and of a particular culture’.