Italy 2018 Apulia and Matera

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Italy. Apulia Region. Locorotondo. View at night on the town and a group of Truli. A trullo (plural, trulli) is a traditional Apulian dry stone hut with a conical roof. The structural walls of a trullo are laid directly on the bedrock. Their width varies from 0.80 to 2.70 metres. Their height (from ground level to where the vault starts) ranges from 1.60 to 2 metres. On cone's top, there is normally a hand-worked sandstone pinnacle (pinnacolo), that may be one of many designs - disk, ball, cone, bowl, polyhedron, or a combination thereof, that is supposed to be the signature of the stonemason who built the trullo. Their style of construction is specific to the Itria Valley in the Murge area. Trulli generally were constructed as temporary field shelters and storehouses or, as permanent dwellings by small proprietors or agricultural labourers. Trullo has replaced the local term casedda which was used by locals in the Murgia area to call this type of house, which used to be the local agricultural dry stone hut. Locorotondo is a town and comune with a population of about 14,000. The city is known for its circular structure which is now a historical center, from which derives its name, which means "Round place". Apulia (Puglia) is a region in Southern Italy. 5.12.18  © 2018 Didier Ruef