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Distance from Ostuni 35 km.
Alberobello (Italian: [ˌalberoˈbɛllo]; literally "beautiful tree") is a small town and comune of the Metropolitan City of Bari, Apulia, southern Italy. It has about 10,700 inhabitants and is famous for its unique trulli buildings. The Trulli  of Alberobello have been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site  since 1996. Alberobello was first mentioned in the early 16th century  when the first 40 families were granted land to farm in the area. The abundance of    calcareous sedimentary material in the area lead to the building of   houses with dry stone without the use of mortar. These houses were  the first trulli which contributed to the expansion of the settlement. Building the   houses of dry stone was a requirement of Count Giangirolamo II as in    this way it was avoidable to pay taxes on them. The inhabitants of   Alberobello were feudal vassals of the Acquaviva of Aragon until May  27, 1797, when King Ferdinand IV of Bourbon received Alberobello and  issued a decree that elevated the small village to a royal city, freeing  them from feudal serfdom. Font: wikipeia
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