A former farmer’s shed may not be everyone’s idea of the perfect holiday home but, for the unconventional, a trullo could well be the answer. These magical, conical constructions, iconic of southern Italy’s Puglia region, are a trendy choice for holiday homes in Italy.
Holiday homebuyers and tourists, keen to embrace the region’s age-old heritage which dates back to the 1600s, are staying in old farmers’ sheds which were once used to store equipment or animals. Sitting nestled within some of the loveliest areas of the Valley of Itria, trulli make for unique holiday homes. They are made of local limestone in heavy slabs, expertly positioned without using cement to make a perfect, water-tight structure.
For anyone looking for a renovation project, a trullo is the ideal opportunity to maintain the character of original features while adding chic and contemporary touches. Trulli often come with land, complete with olive, almond and fruit trees, and you may even wish to build a pool on your land for those hot, lazy summer days.
Traditional trulli are very much sought-after for second homes and holiday lets, particularly larger, five coned versions which offer excellent opportunities for holiday rental income. Today’s prices range from around €40,000 for a complete renovation project, rising to hundreds of thousands of euros for large, fully restored versions with adjoining trulli to provide more spacious accommodation. For the wise investor, these unusual properties can represent excellent investment opportunities as holiday homes abroad, as well as unique pieces of Italian history.
Real estate agent, Alessandro Melpignano, is enthusiastic about the trulli revival which took place when the Trulli of Alberobello became a UNESCO world heritage site in 1996. “That is when the market really exploded”, he explains. The first to buy were the Germans, followed by the British, who were hot on their heels. Melpignano adds: “And they are still buying. Low-cost flights to Bari and Brindisi have helped keep them coming.”