"AS FEATURED IN A PLACE IN THE SUN MAGAZINE Oct 2010!"
Trullo Patrizia is a 300 year old trullo - romantic Southern Italian farmhouse.
Trullo Patrizia is a 300 year old trullo - a romantic Southern Italian stone farmhouse - renovation was completed and a fantastic pool (12M x 6M) installed in December 2005.
Unlike many other recently renovated properties, Patrizia has not been extended with modern extensions and is completely original.
We have furnished Patrizia with traditional local furniture and avoided spoiling the atmosphere with a modern chic look!
The trullo is set in its own private 5 acres of olive, walnut, fig and cherry trees, on top of a hill, in a beautiful, unspoilt rural
location near Alberobello, Puglia.
It has two double bedrooms with ensuite shower rooms, and one bedroom with double sofa-bed and ensuite toilet/basin (a cot is available on request). Essentially we regards it as 4 + 2 as the smaller room is less spacious and more suited to children or a single adult.
The pool is open from mid-May to September - and longer if weather permits.
How to Get There
Ryanair: Flying Monday, Wednesday and Friday from London Stansted airport to Bari takes around 2.5 hours.
Alitalia: Flying daily to Bari and Brindisi from Heathrow, via Rome or Milan - often cheaper than Ryanair!
(Also Brindisi on Thursday and Sunday)
EasyJet and British Airways: Flying twice a week Spring to Autumn, direct to Bari from Gatwick
Both Bari and Brindisi are small provincial airports so collecting your luggage and car is quick and easy.
Our Italian property managers, Donatella and Antonio, are also good friends.
They are both fluent in several languages, have a long experience in tourism, and Donatella is a great cook.
Besides locally assisting our clients, they can also provide some extra services, like:
1) Cookery lessons (with two weeks advanced booking)
2) A range of produce such as organic extra-virgin olive oil, home-made cheese, fresh pastas, breads, marmalades, local sweets and various preserves!
So what is a trullo?
A trullo (plural trulli) is an ancient stone building, peculiar to Puglia and particularly the area surrounding the town of Alberobello.
They are dry-stone laid, using local limestone with conical roofs, and are reputed to have been created by local farmers to avoid tax in that they could easily be pulled down on a visit from the tax inspector.
However, when you see a trullo you would see why this is an unlikely story - the walls can be six feet thick!
The family would typically live in the main trullo, with a fire place/oven and storage on a wooden floor overhead in the cone.
Animals or produce would be kept in adjoining trulli or a stone lamia (extension).
No two are the same, as although they were built to a similar design, with one or more cones formed over a double wall of stone, they are built across the undulating countryside according to the local conditions and requirements.
Some are whitewashed and some have mystical signs painted on the roofs.
Trulli are very cool in the Summer due to the thick stone construction
Puglia is the "heel" of Italy, the South-East peninsula reaching out into the Adriatic and Ionian seas.
The area is very rural and traditional, and is regarded as the "garden of Italy".
Most of the countrys wine and much of the worlds olive oil is produced here, along with oranges, lemons, cherries, and countless other fruit, nuts, vegetables, wheat and a whole range of other agricultural produce. And one should not fail to mention the rich variety of seafood available in local markets and restaurants.
The world famous Italian cuisine (as captured recently in the series by Jamie Oliver) is available in abundance and surprisingly cheaply, thanks to the wealth of produce.
It also helps that the holidaymakers from Western Europe have not yet arrived, with prices to suit!
The locals are very laid-back and friendly. In combination with hot summer sun, over 500 miles of unspoilt sandy beaches and coastline, and a generous sprinkling of mediaeval towns, villages, churches and castles, this makes for a very popular holiday destination, especially with the Italians.
Holidaying here is only just catching on with the British, due to the introduction in the last 18 months of direct daily flights by Ryanair to the regional airports of Bari and Brindisi, and twice weekly flights by British Airways to Bari.
There are numerous sites of cultural and archaeological interest, which reflects in the styles and designs of the villages, towns and cities of the region.
History and Places to Visit
The Romans, Goths, Lombards, Byzantines, Saracens, Normans, the Crusaders, French, Greeks and Spanish have all had ownership of Puglia at some point in time, and left a mark on the region.
The whitewashed buildings and towns, with narrow alleys and flights of steps that are more reminiscent of those in Greece
There are magnificent cathedrals, castles (the octagonal 11th Century Castel Del Monte of Frederick II, Baris 13th Century Swabian Castle) and cities with Baroque influences. The Roman amphitheatre in Lecce of 1st Centrury BC is one of the oldest remaining.
Places to Visit
Alberobello - the focal point for the trulli! Alberobello boasts the greatest number of trulli in one place, with around 1,500 nestling in the cobbled streets around the gentle hills on which the town is built.
Trulli are protected by the World Heritage Organisation. Those in Alberobello have been lived in for several hundred years up to today.
There are many shops, restaurants, a church and even hotels to be found in trulli in the town.
Brindisi - a bustling modern port, home to the 15th Century Aragones Castle and some medieval and Baroque churches. Daily ferries to Greece, Turkey and Albania.
Castellana Grotto - the largest cave complex in Italy, with dazzling white walls of pure crystals.
Ceglie Mesapica - an ancient Messapian centre lies in the old town.
Cisternino - with a pretty old town, typical of the area.
Gallipoli - (from the Greek kalli poli, meaning beautiful city) with a Byzantine castle, a Baroque cathedral and an ancient Greek fountain.
Lecce - the "Florence of the South", described as the most beautiful city in Italy, in a Baroque style with golden stone building in quiet winding streets.
Locorotondo - arranged in a circular style, with narrow winding streets, trulli and a Gothic church
Martina Franca - another Baroque city with an interesting old town centre
Ostuni - the "white city", with whitewashed buildings set on top of three hills overlooking the Adriatic. Many bars, restaurants and shops.
Otranto - South of Lecce, with an award winning beach, lots of restaurants and shops.
Polignano - a beautiful seaside town, north of Monopoli
Taranto - standing on a central island between two canals, with narrow winding streets, Roman ruins, an Aragonese castle, 11th Century Baroque cathedral and Doric column from the Greek temple of Poseidon.
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Lovely location - secluded but near to several towns and wonderful restaurants. There are good supermarkets nearby. The pool is enormous, but if you want the beach, a 30 minute drive will get you there. The facilities at the trullo are excellent and the grounds are beautifully maintained. The local help / advisors for the property were great. They responded quickly to the few problems we had. A wonderful place to stay!
The pictures on this site accurately depicts what you will find when you arrive and the tullo is an amazing structure which has an interesting history. It has three bedrooms and 2 1/2 bathrooms. It is not air conditioned but with the thick stone walls we found it quite comfortable and it was very hot while we were in Alberobello. Fans were available as well if you needed them. Of course finding the location is a bit daunting and you do need Daniella ( the property manager ) to meet you in town and take you to the trullo the first time. She fully explains everything you need to know while staying there. There is no telephone so you must have a cell phone with you. It is isolated with views for miles which is really very calming which we enjoyed. The pool is again, just as shown in the pictures - clean, large and ready for you to enjoy. There are no gates around the perimeter so if you are traveling with children you would need to keep them in sight.
There is a television, DVD player and a place to hook up your IPOD. We used the stone outdoor BBQ for dinner each night as well. There is ample parking and a gate to the property which you can close at any time. We felt quite safe there but we did lock our doors at night - perhaps that is a habit from back home ! And the trullo is located about 10 minutes from town. It is a picturesque drive along the country roads to your destination.
We traveled from Canada so we could not bring with us the supplies you need for a housekeeping rental, i.e. coffee, tea, salt, pepper, toilet tissue etc. so you must pick up all you food staples in town. All the appliances worked well. We did not have any hot water the first morning so we contacted Daniella and the issue was fixed within a few hours.
Our thoughts were that there could have been a few more towels provided (we had one hand towel, one bath towel and one face cloth each for a week) as there was no place to wash them. Each person was also provided with a larger towel for the pool. In addition the living room furniture really needed to be washed or covered with slip covers as they were stained.
We are glad we stayed here and lived in a bit of history. Due to our itinerary we could only stay three nights instead of the full seven but we enjoyed the experience and the views. Of course the rooster does wake you up early each day - but that is just part of the whole experience ! I would recommend this rental to others thinking of staying in a trullo for a vacation.
The pictures dont do the property justice really. The trullo, pool and surrounding area are delightful - a truly relaxing place for a holiday. It is well positioned for exploring the surrounding area and far enough away from other buildings for complete privacy but close enough to Alberobello for evening meals. Renovation of the property was clearly carried out with care and attention to detail - the lighting options are amazing - the pool at night being especially attractive!
Donatella and her team take obvious pride in the upkeep of the trullo and responded promptly to the couple of queries we had. We would not hesitate to recommend Trullo Patrizia to others.
This is a very nice property in a quiet rural area but not too far from Alberobello and its World Heritage Site - 10 minute drive.
The villa is well laid out and equipped and there is a nice garden with an excellent swimming pool. The property is surrounded by open "grounds" so it is also secluded.
The property and pool are well maintained. The rental was good value for money and I would recommend it to others.
Trullo Patrizia is just the most incredible place.
The whole of the property is an absolute delight and we had an amazing week there.
We were a family with two young girls (aged 4 and aged 1) and this presented no issues.
It is idylic and very quiet with just a farmer passing by on his tractor twice per day. It is also well located to explore the local area.
The caretakers are helpful should you have any issues.
Thank you Alan and Carole!
Reply from Alan
Thanks Simon for your kind words - much appreciated!
1 other review
Have just returned to the U.K. after spending a wonderful week in this beautifully restored trullo
The location is peaceful and the superb pool added to a relaxing break.
The nearby picturesque town of Alberobello has plenty of good restaurants and is a unique town to explore.
We very much look forward to our return visit
Trullo Patrizia is a beautiful 300 year old trullo - Southern Italian stone farmhouse - a high standard of renovation was completed in November 2005.
This romantic trullo is set in its own private 5 acres of olive, walnut, fig and cherry trees, on top of a hill, in a beautiful, unspoilt rural location near Alberobello, Puglia.