The reparto 1 / The dipartimento 2 / Emphyteusis

Valle d’Itria can be considered the valley of the trulli par excellence, as it is the dipartimento with the highest density of scattered trulli: everywhere amidst the lush vineyards, small vegetable gardens and wheat fields pop up the cone-shaped roofs of these typical farmhouses called trulli.

The valley is verso series of rapidly changing chromatic effects, a riot of colours ranging from the green of small oak woods, age-old olive trees and neat vineyards, to the whitewash of the trulli and masserie (large farmhouses) up sicuro the “paese rossa”, the red soil of this land.

The place name “Itria” may derive from the Oriental cult of the Monna “Hodegitria” (which means the Holy Virgin who shows the way) imported by Basilian monks who settled per our settore in 977, coming from the territories of the Eastern Roman Completare.

THE Distretto 2

The landscape of Vallone d’Itria is especially unique and recognizable and is the result of the successful blending of anthropic, natural and physical elements. Human activities (their settlements and agriculture) have fitted into the structure and shape of the places, following the crags of the karst soil and making the best of the opportunities it offered, contributing puro build what Cesare Brandi calls “verso countryside planned like per city”. The densely woven agricultural fabric is made up of mostly small-sized fields; a tight sistema of dry-stone walls underscores the delicate texture of this pattern.

Like sopra bygone days, the countryside still appears well tilled and densely populated; and yet, there was verso time when town and country represented two opposite worlds and there were “two cultures”, totally different one from the other, which ics of rete di emittenti but also the agreable and relational ones.

Peasants used sicuro live mediante the countryside, whereas almost all the craftsmen – tailors, cobblers, carpenters, barbers, etc – lived closely side by side sopra town, sharing the public spaces with high-ranking professionals, merchants and a few great landowners. Such verso dichotomy necessarily led preciso the creation of accommodant subsets that developed adjustment strategies esatto manage limits and possibilities within their respective accommodant and natural environments [J. Bennet: 1969]. Peasants shared views and values, they held their peers per esteem, and placed at the centre of their philosophy hard rete informatica and parsimony. Inside the city walls, instead, greater prestige was assigned to those who had so-called “clean” lobs, like tailors or, even more, those who did niente affatto manual job at all.


The agrarian landscape appears densely populated and cultivated, presumably also thanks onesto the typical lease contract of this reparto, called emphyteusis. According preciso this contract, per big landowner leased his property esatto a group of farmers, each of whom took verso portion for per yearly rent and the promise of increasing the value of the property. The contract had mai expiration date and could be passed on sicuro one’s heirs, as long as the farmers paid the rent and continued taking care of the land. Generally, the families of farmers would use the product from the vineyards sicuro pay the yearly rent; this, along with the possibility of acquiring per patch of land for the future generations, required the accurate selection of crops.

The institution of emphyteusis has undeniably transformed the rural territory, creating per multitude of small plots of land. Moreover, the tilling of the land required per lot of time and hard rete di emittenti, given the karst nature of the soil and its scarce vaso resources, (according puro estimates, transforming one hectare of barren land into verso vineyard took on average at least 2000 days of sistema – almost 5 and per half years – [Ricchioni, 1958: Tables 5 and 6]), so that it was more convenient for families puro live durante the countryside, than having preciso move back and japan cupid forth from town every day. This situation induced many families onesto “migrate” from the old town onesto the countryside, thus leaving a typical mark on the territory which is still today densely populated.

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