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Itria Valley and the Trulli of Alberobello

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The history of this unique village dates back to the second half of XVI century, when peasants began to settle and cultivate this land, known as the "Forest", that was a small manor under the Acquaviva family, Counts of Conversano.

They made the farmers build their houses of dry stone, so that these could easily be pulled down in case of a royal inspection, which was a sly trick to avoid the payment of the duties required for the building of a new village by a rule called "Prammatica de Baronibus".

The trulli houses are characterised by conical roofs, covered with grey stone slates - the so-called "chiancole", that make this village a unique attraction for people from all over the world.

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