Trullo Sovrano

Historic Building in Alberobello

Trullo Sovrano
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Dating back to the early 17th century, Trullo Sovrano stands out as Alberobello’s only two-floor trullo, making it an exceptional architectural gem. Its innovative design marks a pivotal moment in trullo construction techniques, featuring a raised floor accessible via an interior masonry staircase. Notably, Trullo Sovrano was one of the first trulli to use mortar, representing a shift from the earlier dry-stone methods.

The trullo’s majestic conical dome, rising approximately 14 meters, dominates a cluster of twelve cones, highlighting its architectural brilliance. This transitional structure hints at broader changes in trullo construction. Its unknown master mason implemented advanced solutions, distinguishing Trullo Sovrano as a remarkable example of trullo architecture.

The original structure dates back to the early 1600s, with expansions in the early 1700s commissioned by the affluent Perta family, particularly the priest Cataldo Perta (1744–1809). These additions enhance its historical and architectural significance.

Today, Trullo Sovrano operates as a “living” museum, offering visitors an immersive glimpse into trullo life. Its rounded rooms have been recreated to provide an authentic experience, showcasing spaces like a bakery, bedroom, and kitchen. Exploring this unique trullo allows visitors to understand the daily life and traditions of the past.

Additionally, the souvenir shop within Trullo Sovrano offers literature about Alberobello and its surroundings, as well as Alberobello recipe books, allowing visitors to take home a piece of the town’s rich culture and history.


The Trullo Sovrano appears in our Complete Guide to Visiting Alberobello!

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Visiting Trullo Sovrano


10 a.m. – 1.30 p.m. & 3.30 – 7 p.m. (closes at 6 p.m. November – March)



Address: Trullo Sovrano, Piazza Sacramento, Alberobello, Metropolitan City of Bari, Italy
Duration: 20 minutes

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