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There are no famous historical figures to discover in the Valle d'Itria in Italy's central Puglia, no city of note with theaters and great cathedrals. Instead, it's a quiet place of rolling green hills, meandering country roads, endless stone walls, earthy food and wine. But there is one magical, must-see attraction: stone cottages with conical roofs called trulli, grouped together in the town of Alberobello, a UNESCO World Heritage site.The pleasure of the Valle d'Itria lies in timeless things: seasonal changes, the play of light on paddocks and olive orchards, the cascade of brilliantly pink almond blossoms in the spring, the mist and fog of winter, the solitary farmer working a field, bird song.To reach water, wells must be dug 350 meters or more.Despite the rocky ground, farming is not just doable, it thrives. It's good for agriculture, but can make daily life unpleasant, with water dripping down the walls of homes and a feeling of dampness for much of the year.Limestone structures are ubiquitous: castles, town walls, government edifices, churches.Traditionally, trulli were simple homes for farmers and served agricultural purposes: a place to make wine, store tools and animals.
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