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People mainly visit Italy for its rich culture, cuisine, history, fashion and art. Each region of this great country can offer a different experience in terms of architecture and archaeological rarities. This is the case of the Apulia region and its famous Trulli settlements.
A trullo is a traditional Apulian dry stone hut with a conical roof. Their style of construction is specific to the Itria Valley, in the Murge area of the south Italian region of Apulia.
Trulli were generally constructed as temporary field shelters and storehouses or as permanent dwellings by small-scale landowners or agricultural labourers. Between 1909 and 1936 parts of these large settlements were protected through designation as heritage monuments.
In recent years, a particular interest has arisen around these buildings, especially in terms of restoration and conversion to modern residences and hotels. Designed to celebrate the simple, serene lifestyle in rural Italy, these restoration projects are devoted to hospitality and creating remarkable guest experiences through honest rustic cuisine, fine wines, and relaxing nature activities
Arch. Zanaroli – Trullo saraceno, Ostuni
Trullo della Lavanda
Trullo della Lavanda
A particular example is the restoration carried out by architects Aldo Flore and Rosanna Venezia in the valley of Itria: Borgo Canonica. This impressive group of trulli has been beautifully renovated and made in to a chic and stylish hotel with a real eye to detail and service.
The very complex construction site lasted about three years; local craftsmen have performed the work with a clear enthusiasm from the beginning, all of them proud to participate in this project, proud to revive a monument of the unique peasant civilisation of its kind, both for the beauty of the surrounding landscape and its dimensions: there are no other trulli complexes of such dimensions.
The work is similar to that of restoring a mosaic; every stone has its own position and must be carved to the exact size. Manual labour is the only option; mechanical tools are not allowed and the only materials that are permitted are stones offered up by the Apulia countryside.
Borgo Canonica before restoration
The 42 original trulli once formed a small village inhabited by monks and then later by local farmers and date back to the 1800’s. The restoration work has been undertaken with a lot of love making the Borgo look as if it comes out of fairy-tale, especially when illuminated at night.
The 14 suites are simply furnished, fitting the beds and bathrooms into the round coned buildings and using every space possible without taking away any of the original features. Exposed stonework, whitewashed walls and cream-coloured local floor tiles all contribute to the authentic atmosphere found at Borgo Canonica.
Cover Image Borgo Canonica Luxury Hotel
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