A fairytale town tucked away amidst the hills of the Itria Valley, Alberobello, (literally, “beautiful tree” in Italian), is famously touted as the capital of the “trulli”. These quaint, white stone huts with conical roofs, though resembling Super Mario Bros. mushroom houses, are actually works of architectural ingenuity with an ulterior motive. They were the 16th century equivalent of the mobile home, as they could be quickly dismantled at a moment’s notice in order to avoid paying property taxes.
Named a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1996, Alberobello and neighboring towns are the only places in the world where these structures can be found, so be sure to spend at least one day strolling along the cobblestone streets that weave around the village. And don’t miss Trullo Sovrano, the only two-story trullo which boasts an intact interior showing how inhabitants of the trulli used to live.