Saturday, May 27, 2017

Dinner in Trani

The port of Trani is the best place to be on a warm evening.  Dinner by the bay.  A short walk up to the historic cathedral, Basilica Cattedrale di Trani, perched on top of the hill, overlooking the Adriatic sea. Big boats and small fisherman boats. Fresh seafood.






Friday, May 26, 2017

Matera, sassi, ancient cave dwellings

Matera, just outside Puglia in Basilicata, is the site of the ancient and unusual cave dwellings.  This "town" has been continually inhabited for thousands of years.


Here you can see a photo of Coniugi Vizzietta-Lapolla, the last family that lived in this House-cave, 50 years ago. THe family and animals all lived together in the one room.
The loom taking pride of place.


Inside the Cathedral, mostly now inside renovated in Baroque style.  The Cathedral  Maria SS della Bruna e Sant'Eustachio

Polignano a Mare, Volare!

Polignano a Mare, on the Adriatic sea in Puglia, limestone cliffs 20 m high, inhabited since C14th BC, maybe was the Greek Neapolis.  And Dominico Modugno of course: VOLARE!




antipasti at La Taverna del Duca, Locorotondo, Puglia

What a selection of  delicious local food in our antipasti at Taverna del Duca with chef Antonella!





Thursday, May 25, 2017

The Grottoes of Castellana, Puglia

These grottoes of the town Castellana in Puglia, Italy were discovered in 1938 by Prof Franco Anelli.  We took the long itinerary (3 km) which took about 2 hours, and we reached the magnificent "white cave". A wonderous trip indeed!


Monday, November 7, 2016

An elephant in Sardegna

Driving through the northern area of Sardegna, not far from beautiful Castelsardo, you may be surprised to come across an elephant.

Sicilian Cart

The traditional Sicilian Carts are becoming rarer and rarer to find.  This beautiful one was on display at the entrance to a contemporary art exhibition in Siena in September 2016.