The history


of Trulli Paparale

The History, the legend

Trulli, stone, nature. Here are the essential elements of a holiday in Trulli Paparale: immersion in the Itria Valley, in its environment, in its history and its tradition. Our apartment complex recounts legends blended with the realities of the territory of Alberobello.

The "double" trullo

The trullo is the symbol of Alberobello, recognized and protected by UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996 for the specificity of the whole environment. Here in Paparale Trullo, in addition to the architectural value, it assumes a value that is cloaked in history and legend. It is historically owned by the Panaro family, it is unique in the territory, so as to arise the interest of local historians. What was its function? What is it? The historian Joseph Notarnicola in 1940 wrote that "it is tradition that Trullo Paparale, of indeterminate age, but aged, was an oratorio, a place for prayers: hypothesis that the name of the place of Greek derivation, seems to confirm, meaning just the home of a priest." And again: "its pretty simple structure has somewhat venerable, mystical, which recalls the Byzantine temples."


May be linked to the tradition of fraternities, born in Alberobello early in the nineteenth century, shortly after gaining independence, achieved in 1797. To experience Paparale is then a short journey in the history of this area. Apulia has always been a crossroads of peoples: the Normans, Swabians, Byzantines, and later Spanish and French. For example, the stone arch that serves as gateway to the land surrounding the residence, bears the symbol of Mithras Badesse of Conversano, a female monastic order linked to the diocese of Conversano, city from which the territory of Silva Arboris Belli (original name of Alberobello) depended.

"... the antiquity of a sacred place"

The legend

But not only history, also legend, as the historian Thomas Galiani wrote in 1991, an "undefined origin myth seems to confirm the antiquity of a sacred place." The legend of the "Serpent of Paparale" tells of a stone building, in which, among lush and inextricable vegetation, a sordid miser priest accumulated wealth. Approaching the moment of death, the priest wanted to avoid his heirs were enriched with his property. So he went to Paparale to sacrifice, and he burnt in a "brass brazier mysterious herbal infusions giving extraordinary powers, and after being anointed with these substances, he invoked the spirits of darkness. Demons appeared and entered into a pact with the old man. In exchange for his soul they would protect the assets accumulated by him for eternity... that night the harmful ghosts made a monstrous snake with a huge golden horn on his head risen from the earth which they placed to guard the treasure, until the priest, so sorry for the pact, managed to steal his soul from the pact with demons. Being angry for that, they caused the stone building to collapse, forgetting the snake with the Golden Horn."


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