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Want to stay in a Trullo? These fantastic conical Italian buildings are found in the Itria Valley in the region of Apulia, and they are believed to have been conceived in the Middle Ages as a means of tax evasion. The trulli, once used as homes, storage units or mills, were made with dry (mortarless) stone walls, so if tax collectors came by to levy charges for each building, they could be quickly dismantled. Today many of them are available as rental homes from a company called Apuliabella.

Trulli are pretty small but, with modern conversions, they have showers, fitted kitchens and even some spectacular swimming pools. Many are set in olive groves or in fruit orchards, and you're usually welcome to eat from the trees. Some owners will also deliver fresh farm produce and baked goods to you every morning. Sounds idyllic? Prices start at 270 GBP per week.

So remarkable are these buildings considered that the Trulli of Alberobello have been listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites, notable for their unique prehistoric building style. This small town boasts some 100 trulli, many of which are believed to be around 500 years old.

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