Trulli Intricate: The Roofs of Alberobello


The dry stone work of the trullo houses in Puglia in the heel of Italy’s boot make gorgeous intricate patterns. The trulli’s sensual curves and unpredictable rhythms proved irresistible to a photographer; a morning trip to Alberobello, a touristy trulli trap, turned into a day spent photographing shapes and textures.

Trulli are the signature architecture of Puglia. Built using a dry stone building technique, these round stone huts dot the region. Dry stone construction relies on careful sizing and placement of stones rather than cement or mortar to hold the building together, creating buildings which seem to flow from the landscape. The whimsical sandstone pinnacle (pinnacolo) that caps the roof — a disk, ball, cone, bow, or polyhedron — is thought to be the trullo’s stonemason’s signature.

These photos were taken using the iPhone 5 and converted to black and white in Photoshop. Click on the gallery to take a trip to trulli town.

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Intricate.”