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January 24th 2016
Published: January 24th 2016
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Old trulloOld trulloOld trullo

We studied many of these trying to find out how they were constructed
We are back online so will add to the post when we get organised!

Hi all

We have spent two lovely days in stone heaven- trulli magic! From Matera we drove to Martina Franca, battled the city traffic, was met by our lovely hosts and escorted to our trullo which was located 6 km from the town boundary. What amazing buildings - heritage listed as it seems us much of Italy! Stone walks, stone floors, stone roof - even the glass could be called crushed stone! Sadly no internet!

We stayed two nights, froze our butt off as the heating only worked while the fire was going and it was impossible to keep it going for long enough! Some floor rugs would have been good. Michael spent many hours designing trullis and working out how they were built. Looks like Australia might get its first trullo or buy one here!

We took a day trip to Locorotondo and to Alberobello the capital trulli cities in which we found some designs and building instructions in a little tourist shop. we think it us picture time. We saw the most amazing olive groves in the last few days. This area produces 80% of Italy's olive oil and more wine than the other regions combined.

From martina Franca we today drove to San Severo through the bread bowl of Italy: so many market gardens, open fields, vineyards, olive groves aNo the limestone us finished. Now we have to put up with grandeur of marble which us quarried locally, famous for this area. Once again the town at first glance seemed tired and country, all siesta time - then we discovered the old centre- owe my goodness and the place we are staying is a majestic old brick building with marble bits everywhere.

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Inside our trulloInside our trullo
Inside our trullo

Arches are the main structure to support the ceiling
daredevil Nonnadaredevil Nonna
daredevil Nonna

Riding a kick start motorbike - just sails up the wrong side of the road! Go nonna

All the paddocks and triads were lined with these dry stone walls
Old trulloOld trullo
Old trullo

Note the wonderful top of the dome
Our trullo ceilingOur trullo ceiling
Our trullo ceiling

Typical structure
Roof detailRoof detail
Roof detail

How they laid the stone
Pasta Pasta

Our beautiful hosts made thus for us and the sauce and accompaniments for our dinner when we arrived
Old olive treeOld olive tree
Old olive tree

They are all heavily pruned
Another abandoned trulloAnother abandoned trullo
Another abandoned trullo

There were many and some for sale
Interesting entranceInteresting entrance
Interesting entrance

Another abandoned trullo

Note the retaining walls to die for

Trulli city

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