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Let’s Gather Some Historical Information on Trulli

Trulli houses are the style of this landscape. Its restoration is done by setting aside each stone according to its type: roof tile, walling stone, voussoire, and rubble. It’s done by tenderly carrying each stone back up to its rightful place in the dome. We will be putting our hands to the materials of which the last men and women who were doing so, where here hundreds of years ago, celebrating the construction, coming to the conclusions about why these Trulli were built, and what sort of persons did this work;.


For surviving through more ages of strife than many architectural forms of similar vernacular the trulli house is incredibly remarkable and so also the Trulli restoration in Ostuni and Cisternino.


In 15th Century forested Italy, one can imagine a scenario much like the tales of Robin Hood, where the evil Tax Man would come riding through the lands seeking payment from every dwelling, a place where stone grew as fast as the trees. Dismantled as word of Tax swept through the hills the stone huts that the tribal Italians constructed in this region were dry stone houses; no house, no tax. Would war come to their front door? No door. No war.


Given the help of his family and neighbors A domed house such as the Trulli could have been built within a short period for a farmer in the 15th Century. Clearing out a cistern hole deep in the ground would be their start, followed by the construction of a barrel vault over it; above the vault they would build the huts square walls. An additional layer of flat stones slightly slanted (so as to shed water) to the walls exterior above the thick walls they'd construct a dome, layered with thick rubble. These simple, single-family homes would have alcoves built into the thick walls to serve as bedrooms. An observer could see these houses forming clusters at first, and then growing into small groups and villages. You will find the Trulli restoration in Ostuni and Cisternino very interesting.

As this is one of the driest areas of Italy, the heel of the boot the intense heat of the summer was not lessened by rain waters. If one wanted water, it would have to be collected from the limestone below the surface. The cistern hole was the only way to guarantee a water supply as torrential rains are hard to gather. Additionally, the cistern hole offered protection from nomadic peoples who wanted for water.


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