Would like to experience living in a Trullo?
We are in Puglia, southern Italy, the heel of the geographical boot; this area is filled with farmland and olive groves delineated by dry stone walls. It is almost totally surrounded by sea: the Adriatic to the east, the Ionian to the south, the Gulf of Taranto to the west, around 900 km of sandy and rocky coast.
“An example of Italy at its purest – rural and unhurried, a place of small towns and a life quite ordinary, where citrus trees sway in the breeze and days drift by in silent sunshine. Ostuni decorates its hilltop like birthday-cake icing, its buildings starkly whitewashed.” (cit. Puglia: not down at heel, just rugged good looks, Indipendent.co.uk).
Puglia, including the area around Ostuni, the Città Bianca (White Town), is characterized by the presence of trulli: old, hand-built white stone buildings shaped as cylinders topped by cone roofs and closed by slender pinnacles of different kinds.
These are rural architectures, originally built by farmers with stones recovered from the fields in order to make them cultivable. They were generally used as a shelters for agricultural tools. With the same stones, the farmers also used (some still do) to make the dry stone walls that delineate the owned land.
The simple decor, typical of Puglia, provides a relaxing atmosphere in perfect harmony with the building.
The thickness of the stone walls keeps the trullo warm in the winter and cool in the summer, to the point that air conditioning is not needed.
Living for a few days in this ancient building will bring you in contact with the beautiful nature around, made of bright colours and strong scents.
Among the most popular dishes you could taste in one of the many restaurants or masserie (farms) around Ostuni, there are orecchiette con le cima di rapa (with broccoli rabe) and orecchiette al pomodoro e formaggio ricotta (with tomato sauce and dried salted ricotta cheese), rice potatoes and mussels (riso patate e cozze), spaghetti with clams (Spaghetti con le vongole).
Orecchiette is a variety of home-made pasta, preferably using whole grain flour. We advise to cook and taste our revisited recipe: Orecchiette with peas, pecorino, sun dried tomatoes and mozzarella.